A Critical Analysis Of Disney 's Mulan

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Being True to Yourself: A critical analysis of Disney’s Mulan Disney has long been recognized as a studio that creates premium entertainment for the whole family. For decades, the classic fairy tales, told for centuries, were brought to life with beautiful artistic renderings that left audiences captivated in awe. As times changed Disney was challenged to tell new and diverse tales. In no movie is this more true than in the studio’s 1998 offering Mulan. The movie, written by Robert D. San Souci and directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, was a major departure from the norm for the studio in numerous ways. It was the first movie to feature an Asian girl in the lead role. It was also Disney’s first movie that dealt directly with war. Perhaps what was most remarkable was the deep character development that occurred in the the title character. Within this film, important concepts of children’s studies are explored including: gender, age and maturity, and agency. These elements contribute to making Mulan an excellent source for children’s studies. This film was critically celebrated upon its release. It was nominated for an Oscar and two Golden Globes, along with numerous accolades from other film industry organizations. Fans equally enjoyed the film as families flocked to theaters, earning the picture a strong $304 million box office. It stood as true testament of its time for younger viewers, who were ready for a new approach to a strong female lead. Disney began to
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