The Secret of Mulan is a 1998 Animated Musical and an entry in UAV Entertainment's Secret of... series.
The film is a mockbuster of Disney's Mulan, with all the characters reimagined as insects and other small animals, potentially making it a mockbuster of A Bug's Life as well.
- Action Girl: Unlike the Disney version, Mulan knows martial arts from the get-go. Zhing Zhing also qualifies.
- Aerith and Bob: In this Wuxia, there's Mulan, an actual Chinese name... and then there's Zhing-Zhing, and Bowtie. And then there's "Mala Kahn", which attaches the name "Kahn" seen across many cultures on the Asian continent, onto a name based on the Latin prefix for "bad".
- Anachronism Stew: Clothing from the Qing, Ming, and Han dynasty are mixed together for the good guys, with Mala Kahn and his men (sans Bowtie) dressed in samurai armor.
- Animated Musical: Par for the course with UAV productions.
- Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Half of the names are this. The other half are puns that vaguely sound Chinese.
- Bad Boss: Mala Khan to Bowtie.
- Big Bad: Mala Khan.
- Canon Foreigner: Mulan has a sister in this version.
- Evil Prince: The Dragonfly Prince.
- Failed a Spot Check: After Mulan hatches from her cocoon, nobody notices that she now has two legs, as opposed to her previous six.
- Furry Confusion: The anthropomorphic insects use normal insects as either weapons or mounts. Also, there are anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic mammals.
- "I Am" Song: Both Villain Songs.
- It's All My Fault: Zhing Zhing's mindset after the Dragonfly Prince abducts Mulan.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: If the Disney film is anything to go by, Mala Kahn is intended to be Mongolian. However, he's dressed like a freaking Samurai. Let's not even get started on the name.
- Plot Hole: Like the original poem, Mulan dresses as a man in order to join the army. Yet Zhing Zhing appears to be part of the army, as the Prince asks her to report her findings to him, and nobody seems to care.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Prince fights alongside his men.
- Secret Keeper: When Zhing Zhing learns that Mulan is a woman disguised as a soldier, she promises not to tell anyone about her secret identity.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Mulan, as usual.
- Villain Song: Both Mala Khan and Bowtie get one. Mala Khan's is even the first song in the movie.