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.
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Disney Production of Mulan I
Production of Mulan II
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
BBC News - Chinese unimpressed with Disney’s Mulan
Columbia University - The Mongols in China
Alex von Tunzelmann - Reel History: The World According to Movies
Char4U- The Legend of Mulan
MoviePilot - The Legendary Warrior that Inspired Disney's Mulan is Pretty Badass
ProjectMuse - Mulan's Legend and Legacy in China and The United States
Itcher Magazine - 7 Movies like Mulan, FInding yourself, Animation Style
HubPages - Historically Educational Disney Films
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