The year? 1998. The studio? Walt Disney Animation. The title character? Mulan. When this movie hit the screen, we were a little older and a little wiser. We had met Ariel and her undersea friends and we’d watched Belle and Beast fall in love. Now it was time for us to meet another heroine, another sidekick, and another almost-impossible story.
Then came the part where we started to see that this was no ordinary story about an ordinary girl. This one was special… and maybe a tad bit clumsy.
If we had a quarter for every time we almost burnt down out matchmaker’s house…
We learned that Mulan’s dad knew she was special in all the right ways. And we learned one of our first metaphors… “My, my, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late. I bet when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all.”
Consider our little hearts warmed.
After some exposition we were introduced to a little creature that would soon be on the top of our sidekicks list: Mushu.
And we learned a very important distinction between lizards and dragons: dragons don’t do that tongue thing.
And, just when you thought the happily ever after couldn’t get any better, Shang returns. And Grandmother Fa (represented in italics below) once again proves that she’s just better than other people.
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