Disney / Mulan II

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Mulan II is a 2004 Direct-to-Video sequel to Disney's version of Mulan.

As Mulan is getting married to General Shang, the Emperor asks her to escort his three daughters to a neighbouring kingdom for an arranged marriage there in order to cement an alliance against the Mongols.

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  • Arranged Marriage: The axis of the whole plot is for the Chinese Emperor to make an alliance with a neighbouring kingdom that will discourage Mongol invasion.
  • Big Bad: Mushu. Arguably.
  • Birds of a Feather: Big guys like big girls, thin guys like thin girls, short guys like short girls. Oh, and the colours of their dresses. Apparently that's all it takes for true love to blossom.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Shang, at the beginning, has trouble proposing to Mulan. The giggling little girls around him do not help his nerves.
  • Character Development: Shang, who, unusually, is wiser than his fiancée.
  • Clueless Aesop: Okay, Heart over Duty isn't such a bad Aesop. Unfortunately we're talking about princesses - and they've already been betrothed. They can't just run off with a bunch of soldiers. But apparently it's okay because your personal happiness is more important than the fate of your father's empire and the lives of his millions of subjects, and the millions of subjects of the neighbouring kingdom. Even though you haven't known these soldiers much longer anyway. Come on, Mei.
  • Deus ex Machina: Employed in the original style as Mushu climbs into an idol of the Unity Dragon and makes supposedly divine pronouncements (punctuated with a bit of fire-breathing) that neatly resolve what has become a very tangled situation.
  • Disney Death: Shang. It is easy to infer that he survived but the characters believe he was dead.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Three of them yet, who just happen to be perfect matches for Mulan's three friends who've had no luck with girls of lesser rank.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When Shang finally meets Mushu, near the end of the movie, he reacts like this.
  • Friend to All Children: Mulan teaches the local children and they clearly like her. But she doesn't agree with Shang in that the more children they will have, the better
  • Gilligan Cut: "Fearless, loyal, and disciplined... China's most honorable and noble soldiers..." are seen kicked out of a matchmaker's shop.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: After Shang's fall.
  • Happily Married: Mulan and Shang at the end.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shang. The princesses can also be seen as performing this, as they risk their happiness for political alliance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po after having been told by the matchmaker that none of them would ever find matches for themselves:
    Chien-Po: I guess I'll spend my life with you two.
    Ling: Pass the hanky.
  • Honorable Marriage Proposal: A very rare female case: Mulan proposes to a prince of Qi Gong to satisfy the requirements of alliance which she threatened by persuading the princesses to follow their desires.
  • Insistent Terminology: Fa Zhou believes that entering a bet against his mother isn't a "gamble". It's an "investment".
  • Instant Fanclub: Mulan's girl followers.
  • Jerkass: Mushu turned into this, mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
  • Karma Houdini: Not only does Mulan get away with basically kidnapping the princesses and marrying them to common soldiers, even after presenting herself as the marriage offering in replacement she doesn't have to do that either. She gets to marry Shang after all and True Love wins through 100%.
    • It's generally implied that the prince is just so impressed that he allies with China in war for absolutely no benefit to his kingdom at all.
  • Lighter and Softer: So much it seems like another series with Mulan's characters.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: Defied. Mei decides her duty is to her heart.
  • Man Child: Lord Qigong's son isn't exactly man of the house by any stretch of the mind, actually repulsed by Mulan because he thinks she's old. Queue a well-deserved Oh, Crap! from Mulan.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The skunk chasing Shang during the montage of Mushu trying to sabotage his and Mulan's relationship.
  • No Loves Intersect: There are four couples here and no jealousy.
  • Not So Above It All: As it turns out, Ting-Ting is about as comedic as Ling is, she just hides it a bit better.
  • Off Model: The characters' more expressive and wild expressions can probably be excused by the fact that it's a Lighter and Softer movie, but even with that justification there's just no excuse for Shang's ridiculously awkward facial expressions during his argument with Mulan midway through the movie. It's as though someone else's angry faces were photoshopped onto Shang's head.
  • Opposites Attract: Mulan and Shang; her parents give the pair 'ying yang marriage advice' at the start.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Yao's gift to Mei is a stuffed panda.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Mushu sits in a tree eating popcorn after Shang approaches Mulan to confront her about how she got the princesses to follow their hearts.
  • Politically Correct History: In regard to its "arranged marriage = bad" campaign and the fact that Mulan got away with practically kidnapping the princesses and allowing them to marry commoners.
    • This is in stark contrast to the Deliberate Values Dissonance in the first movie, where at the beginning, Mulan is dutifully preparing for the prospect of a marriage being arranged for her. This makes her adamant opposition to arranged marriages in this film even more startling. In fact, marrying for love is seen as a relatively recent (not to mention Western) phenomenon, with arranged marriages being present throughout almost all of human history, and is still the norm in some parts of the world.
  • The Power of Love: Supported by Politically Correct History and a tricky dragon.
  • Supernatural Aid: Mushu's trick of pretending to be the Dragon of Unity resolves the final problem..
  • Small Reference Pools: Presumably how the writers had the balls to have "My duty is to myself" as the Aesop.
  • Squee!: Mulan's reaction to hearing that the princesses have fallen in love with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mushu becomes selfish and demanding. This is because the ancestors did the same, the marriage threatened to separate him from Mulan so he tried to prevent that with sabotage.
  • Training from Hell: Averted by Mulan, who begins teaching the girls to fight by telling them that one should be gentle and kind to others. It's a possible inversion of the scene with Shang from the first part of the film and part of the 'yin-yang' motift of this movie.
  • The Trickster: Mushu engages in a number of tricks and pranks.

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