Disney: Mulan II

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

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

Tropes used include:

  • An Aesop: Heart Over Duty.
  • Arranged Marriage: The axis of the whole plot is for the Chinese Emperor to make an alliance with a neighboring kingdom that will discourage Mongol invasion.
  • Birds of a Feather: The princesses and their guardians get along very well.
  • 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 fiancee.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instant Fanclub: Mulan's girl followers.
  • Jerkass: Mushu turned into this, mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: Defied. Mei decides her duty is to her heart.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.