These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Acceptable Targets: The Huns. They have sickly gray skin, and black eyes with yellow irises.
Adaptation Displacement: A lot of people have no idea that the legend of Mulan has been around in various forms since the 6th century AD. They think she's an original Disney character. To be fair, the story was very obscure in the West before the Disney version.
Angst? What Angst?: There are no psychological repercussions to Mulan killing thousands of men with the avalanche. Then again, it's a Disney film. In one of the next few scenes, they popped up from under the snow. Mushu even likens them to daisies.
There are four songs in the movie, one about Arranged Marriage and the subservient role of women, the second is Mulan's "I Want" Song about being herself (which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), the third is "I'll Make a Man Out of You" (sung by Donny Osmond), the fourth is about the soldiers' desires. Also, about every second line in the film is about male superiority and female inferiority, though there are several sympathetic male characters. The message though seems to be that Mulan's society is sexist, but that doesn't mean all the people are. Even when her gender is discovered, Mulan's comrades aren't upset because she's a woman; they're upset that she lied. It's also important that Mulan herself doesn't see her dilemma as a feminist one: she doesn't like being a traditional woman not because she's morally outraged, but because it's not in her nature. Mulan sees her dilemma as a skill she keeps trying (and failing) to perform, like a musician unable to play a particular piece. At the start of the movie, she wants to comply — and resorts to cheating to do so — and is frustrated by her continued inability. When she joins the army in her father's place, she's not trying to prove that a woman can do something better than a man; it's simply to save his life. Although when Shang tells her that she'd unfit to fight and sends her home (thereby relieving her family of its military duty), she decides to stay anyway. Her primary motivation might have been to save her father, but she clearly had other reasons to stay at that point. What these reasons are can be discussed in the discussion section of the film but Mulan herself supposes that she wanted to be good at something for once.
In the original version, Mulan is a hero for her filial piety, not feminism.
Complete Monster: Shan Yu views the Emperor of China having built the Great Wall as both an insult and a challenge. As a violent Blood Knight, Shan Yu leads his horde of Huns to invade, relishing when China knows he's there. After capturing two Imperial spies, Shan Yu releases them with a message for the Emperor- but has one of his archers kill one anyways as you only need one man to deliver a message. Shan Yu later ambushes the armies of General Li at a village, resulting in a mass slaughter, not only of the soldiers, but every civilian as well, with no children spared either. Even after his army's downfall, Shan Yu attacks the Imperial Palace with his remaining men and takes the Emperor hostage, furiously attempting to kill him when he refuses to kneel to Shan Yu.
Girls Need Role Models: This is why Mulan is shoehorned into the Disney Princess merchandise: she's the first money-making "real" Action Girl the animated canon has to offer, though this is somewhat muted by the fact that the merchandise generally features the girly-girl look she complains about in the first act. note Another possibility that doesn't have this problem is that they need a token Asian girl.
Go into any room (or bar, or internet chatroom...) full of people who grew up with this movie (teenagers and twentysomethings at this point) and sing "Let's get down to business". They will not only finish the line for you, but also sing the entire song.
"They popped out of the snow! LIKE DAISIES!!!"
Mushu's dishonor rant.
Misaimed Fandom: No "feminist fans", Mulan is NOT an ode on how femininity is evil and Mulan does NOT hate anything feminine she touches. It's more about her feeling that she isn't being true to her true self via trying to please her good-hearted but traditional family, rather than being all "EWWWW DRESSES, EW". In fact she does kinda enjoy wearing a girly pink dress before the matchmaking fiasco, and by the end she puts on a dress again (only a much more simple one, which fits her better). Not to mention she adores her very feminine mother and grandmother, and can be seen as fitting the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype. See Anvilicious above.
Misaimed Marketing: Mulan's placement in the Disney Princess franchise already counted but it reached a new low when the DVD joined the "Royal Wedding Collection". This movie contains neither royalty (save the Emperor) nor a wedding.
First Ancestor:(speaking to Mushu) You had your chance to protect the Fa family! Female Ancestor: Your misguidance led Fa Deng to disaster! Fa Deng:(carrying his head under his arm) Yeah. Thanks a lot.
Painful Rhyme: Mostly because of the glaringly incorrect grammar necessary to accomplish it: "Ancestors, hear my plea / Help me not to make a fool of me..."
Signature Song: "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is by far the film's most popular song.
Unfortunate Implications: The entire bad-guy army, whom the script always refers to by their ethnicity, is drawn as hulking, gray-skinned, yellow-eyed goons. This probably explains why 'Huns', who no longer exist as a self-identified ethnic group, were used instead of Mongols, who still exist as a country at the time the movie was made. If no one is still around to protest, a Historical Villain Upgrade becomes much smoother. Nevertheless, some nationalist groups in Turkey objected, due to the historically-somewhat-shaky belief that Huns are the ancestors of Turks.
If we go along with the idea that the movie's Huns are actually based on the Xiongnu, the character designs may have something of a historical context, since the Chinese depiction of the Xiongnu wasn't exactly flattering to say the least. European descriptions of the Huns weren't flattering either. The Huns themselves didn't help matters by deliberately binding the heads of their infants to deform the skull, and scarring their cheeks.
"They made their foes flee in horror because their swarthy aspect was fearful, and they had, if I may call it so, a sort of shapeless lump, not a head, with pin-holes rather than eyes. Their hardihood is evident in their wild appearance, and they are beings who are cruel to their children on the very day they are born. For they cut the cheeks of the males with a sword, so that before they receive the nourishment of milk they must learn to endure wounds. Hence they grow old beardless and their young men are without comeliness, because a face furrowed by the sword spoils by its scars the natural beauty of a beard. They are short in stature, quick in bodily movement, alert horsemen, broad shouldered, ready in the use of bow and arrow, and have firm-set necks which are ever erect in pride. Though they live in the form of men, they have the cruelty of wild beasts."