Mulan Coming To Disney Plus On September 4th

We have always loved the Disney movie Mulan. The music is my personal favorite. I remember the movie came out on my birthday, June 5th in 1998 and after seeing the movie I immediately bought the soundtrack. It was a success at the box office ($304.3 million) and over the years has become a true classic.  We are so excited to see the new live action Mulan when it is released later this year.  It was supposed to come out on March 27th, but due to the Coronavirus they are now releasing the movie to Disney Plus On September 4th.  I cannot wait.

Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan takes his spot, though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.  Mulan breaks the rules and tradition and goes to serve the army in her father's place. She doesn’t just do it for her father, she also does it for herself. Mulan has to find her place in society. She also has to prove to herself that she has worth and value and is more than just a model wife. She is a rebel, a woman who defies the rules. She shows us that any of us can do whatever we set out to do. 

Mulan turns out to be a heroine. She breaks all of the stereotypes and saves her country, showing that she is no less a person because she is a woman. We see a before and after in her. The young carefree Mulan we saw at the beginning of the movie has disappeared. She has now proven herself to be a strong and courageous woman, just like any man.  

I loved having a discussion with the kids after watching Mulan recently that Mulan is not a princess, and the movie doesn’t talk about her beauty. She is far from being the typical Disney princess. She represents a normal woman with hopes and dreams. A woman who wanted to overcome and show that she wasn’t in any way inferior to men.  I can only hope that Kennedy follows in Mulan's footsteps and follows whatever hopes and dreams she has and believes in herself that she can face anything that comes her way.  I also hope that Carter treats women as his equal and knows that all people, regardless of gender, can do anything in this world.

To celebrate the new film's highly anticipated release, Hasbro and Disney have released a new lineup  of dolls, like the Disney's Mulan Two Reflections Set and role play gear, such as the Disney's Mulan Warrior Bow Toy inspired by the film.  I hope Kennedy and Carter discover their own inner warrior just like Mulan.

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