51 in 2011



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“Mulan” (1998), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 36th animated motion picture. Based on the ancient Chinese legend about a brave woman who disguises herself as a man and joins the army to fight in place of her ailing father. According to the legend, Mulan is offered a prestigious government position by the emperor after great success in the wars, but she chooses to return home to her family instead. The story gets Disneyfied (aka modified) to, thankfully, wonderful results. It’s really an entertaining, moving and beautiful film–almost like a gorgeous Chinese painting come to life. Themes of family, sacrifice and honor really resonated with me this time around. The mountain battle/avalanche scene is one of the best action sequences in any Disney animated film. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”



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