Disney-fied, or Disney-tried? -- Historically Inaccurate Movies: Disney's Mulan

Very few of us actively look for historical errors in a movie. After all, we expect to be entertained and if a little dramatization that deviates from the storyline allows for this, we see it as justifiable.

Disney's Mulan is a great example of that. Most of what made the movie memorable was actually historically untrue -- to name a few: the Huns were not really the enemy that the real Mulan fought, Mushu did not exist (well, of course... he is a dragon, after all) and no one in China speaks with an American accent, and General Shang and Mulan did not fall in love.

In other words, Disney's Mulan was historically inaccurate because it drew inspiration from different parts of China's history to make a new sort of narrative, and Disney had also added their own flair.

 

We're sorry, Mushu!

We've got to set some things straight before anyone actually thinks that Disney's China is what China's history is truly like.

So, here's our crashED course video, inspired by John Green and his crew, that helps explain it all.

 
 

Thanks for watching

CREDITS
Disney                                Production of Mulan I
                                           Production of Mulan II
                                            Mulan OST
 Marvel                                Doctor Strange
Zhang Yimou                      The Great Wall
Director                               Julien Lim
Scriptwriter                         Nawirah, Alicia Tay
Video-editing/Audio           Alicia Tay, Kerrie Tay 
Google Images                    Images of Mulan
Gifphy                                   GIFs of Mulan

 

 

References:      

BBC News - Chinese unimpressed with Disney’s Mulan

                      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/299618.stm

Columbia University - The Mongols in China

                     http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/mongols/china/china.htm

Alex von Tunzelmann - Reel History: The World According to Movies

                      https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=M5rlCQAAQBAJ&pg=PT40&lpg=PT40&dq=xiongnu+mulan&source=bl&ots=ugDVEF46IX&sig=mszyqTM-W82-E4OkM4U25yWD6zI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjpjeutkKrQAhWMuI8KHXokC6M4ChDoAQgjMAM#v=onepage&q=xiongnu%20mulan&f=false               

Char4U- The Legend of Mulan

                      http://www.char4u.com/content/the-legend-of-hua-mulan/

MoviePilot - The Legendary Warrior that Inspired Disney's Mulan is Pretty Badass

                      http://moviepilot.com/posts/2826859

ProjectMuse - Mulan's Legend and Legacy in China and The United States

                      https://muse.jhu.edu/book/9786

Itcher Magazine - 7 Movies like Mulan, FInding yourself, Animation Style

                       http://itcher.com/mag/movies-like-mulan/

HubPages - Historically Educational Disney Films

                       http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Historically-Educational-Disney-Films

 

* We do not claim credit for any of the Videos, soundtracks or characters presented in our production.

* This video was purely meant for the purposes of a Final Project, and content stated goes back to ideas and opinions of various students.

 This video would not have been made possible if it weren’t for the authors whose ideas we have cited in this video.

We also like to thank the Crash Course team for inspiring this production and we hope that this video does justice to their method.