The era is the Disney Renaissance. The year is 1998. The film is “Mulan”.
Yeah, that’s pretty much the only introduction I have!
Based on the legend of Fa Mulan, which could probably be based on a true story,
Disney’s 36th animated feature deals with the story of a young woman who takes her father’s place in the Imperial Army disguised as a man to fight the invading Huns!
Well, that’s pretty much the only synopsis I have as well!
This film has always been an “OK” film for me; I never liked it, I never disliked it, it was just…Ok! Maybe that’s why I don’t feel pumped to say much else about the film!
Alright, let me start over!
Mulan is a young woman who’s trying to get married via a local matchmaker.
To put it simply, this attempt fails!
After going back home and disheartening herself and her family, a royal decree sent by the Emperor arrives stating that one man from every household needs to join the Imperial Army to fight the invading Huns!
The problem is that the only male in Mulan’s family is her elderly father who’s not as strong as he used to be nor as able to walk easily as he used to.
This causes a spat between Mulan and her father. So, she decides to do what’s right…and dresses up like a man to join the Army in her father’s place.
This of course leads to “comedic situations”, and it takes a while for her to blend in with the all-male Army as well as for them to make friends with her..umm..”him”.
But she doesn’t have to go through this ordeal alone. Her dead ancestors
decide to send a guardian to help her in her journey. But, a selfish red Eddie Murphy-voiced dragon named Mushu decides to become Mulan’s guardian himself. And there couldn’t have been a worse guardian than Mushu!
He manages to get the Imperial Army to leave their position just because he feels like going!
He manages to give away the Imperial Army’s position thereby causing an onslaught of computer-generated Huns to attack the Chinese Army without mercy!
He even manages to cause a human being’s death by decapitation!
Oh Mushu, you are a good one!
Anyway, enough about the story and the character of Mushu! We’re here to discuss the forgotten/minor character. And the one for this movie is Mulan’s Little Brother!
No, I mean her pet dog named Little Brother.
He’s briefly seen and isn’t important in the slightest. But we do know that Mulan loves him and uses him quite cruelly to get the chores done.
Well, maybe not extremely cruelly! She does give him the bone in the end!
that’s about all I can say for him! He’s a cute, weird-looking dog in my opinion, but definitely forgotten/minor, hence he deserves to be recognized as such for this movie!