We collect some of the teachings of the studio character, on the occasion of the release of the actual action version of the film on the platform.
Mulan, the real-life action version of the Disney animated classic, has just premiered on the studio's streaming platform, Disney+. To celebrate, at SensaCine, we wanted to look back to remember some of the most valuable teachings given to us by the original 1998 tape. Without a doubt, the heroine or the warrior princess, as you prefer, has shown us that nothing is impossible, that if you propose, you can achieve it, that no one is more or less valid because you were born male or female... valuable lessons that Niki Caro's film, starring Liu Yifei, in the shoes of Mulán, reminds us again.
The young woman was destined to marry and be the best wife to honor her family, but that was not what she wanted in life. And when the Chinese army arrives to recruit his father as a soldier for war to be waged against the Huns, Mulan sees there his an opportunity to thank his parents. For this reason, he decides to impersonate a man to go to war in his father's place. From this moment on, Mulan does not face a path of roses. However, it is weaponized for the courage to achieve its purpose.
1. GENDER ROLES SHOULD GO INTO HISTORY
Despite being set in China, at a time when society was revolved around men, and when women were relegated to the background, if there's one thing Disney's warrior princess has taught us is that your status as a man or woman shouldn't condition your actions in life. You can be a woman and be the best in the contest; you can be a man and know how to wear a dress like no one else, and, of course, you can be a tiny dragon and be the best chef in the world.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY
Mulan not only shows us that family is one of the fundamental pillars in life, but we must be willing to do anything to honor her, and that doesn't just mean marrying the perfect husband. The way to honor her family, and to show them at the same time that she can aspire to more than just a wife, is nothing more than to holster in her father's armor to join the Chinese army and fight the Huns.
3. TO SUCCEED YOU MUST BE YOURSELF
Despite hiding under the identity of a warrior, Mulan does not forget to show himself as he is to anyone who crosses his path. Her kindness and generosity go beyond that new facet of her life, and that's what those around her value most. Because being yourself is essential to empathize with others, even if they don't know who you really are.
4. THE VALUE OF FRIENDSHIP
Another aspect highlighted by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook's film is the importance of friendship. It is clear that Mulan fights fire and tide to achieve what he proposes, but it is also true that without the unconditional support of his inseparable dragon Mushu and his little lucky cricket fulfilling his mission would have been more complicated. And let us not forget Yao, Ling, and Po, the three soldiers to who, despite the initial rejection of their person, give them their unconditional friendship. Something he appreciates when they're the ones who have to wire him on his journey.
5. HAIR ALWAYS GROWS BACK
Some important decisions in your life can be terrifying to you, as is the case with Mulan when his precious mane must be cut off with his father's sword. However, time teaches him that in life there are things that are more important than our physical appearance, and of course, that hair almost always grows back. And if you don't, I'm sure you'll find a solution that will make you forget that one day you thought it was going to cause you real trauma.
6. FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND DON'T GIVE UP
Since she decides to impersonate a man to go to war instead of her father, young Mulan shows that with perseverance, patience, and sacrifice you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. At first, she had doubts as to whether or not she would be able to wield a sword, whether or not she would be seen by her companions as one more... and so it was, that and everything that was proposed. Remember the scene where he manages to climb to the top of a wooden pole? Without a doubt, valuable teaching shows us how important it is to never give up.
7. EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT THE RIGHT TIME
"What beautiful flowers we have this year. But look, this one's late. I'm sure when she's grown up she'll be beautiful, the most beautiful of them all." With these wise words, Mulan's father, Fa Zhou, explained - just before the army's arrival to recruit him as a soldier - his daughter who all arrives in due course, and that is why no one is worse, but quite the opposite.
8. YOUR ENEMY CAN BE EVEN MORE DANGEROUS THAN YOU IMAGINE
Just as important as taking care of friendship, we must never lose sight of our enemy, the one who wants to put as many stones as possible in our way. Because as terrible as we imagine it can be when it crosses our lives, it may be even more diabolical. All you have to do is look at those vampire tusks that the Huns show off during the fight against the army in which Mulan participates.
9. THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAKFAST
Another thing the 1998 film has taught us is the true importance of breakfast to face the day with energy and positivism. Who didn't eat those bacon-fried eggs and that delicious bowl of oatmeal Mushu prepares for Mulan on the first day he must train with the army?
10. THE BEST SONG TO TRAIN IN THE GYM IS 'I'M GOING TO MAKE A WHOLE MAN OF YOU'
And of course, the Disney movie has taught us that if there's a motivating song to train that's 'I'm going to make a whole man of you.' Yes, the one that sounds when Mulan and the rest of the soldiers start preparing for combat against their enemies. Try putting it on your headphones the next time you go for a run or a gym!