Not Disney is the only good thing...
(1 out of 5 stars)
"When I read reviews of people complaining about this movie because it is not the Disney version, I see that as a good thing. If people who like Disney don't like an anime, that's good; it usually means there is substance to the film. However, I must break down and agree with the Disney-lovers. This is the worst animated show I have ever seen. It is worse than the Beatlejuice cartoon. I'm sure the dialogue was written by some common household pet. The voice acting made the dubbed version of MD Geist look like a masterpiece. The animation, oh my... The only way to describe its quality is to ask: Remember the old Amiga cartoons that were around in the late eighties? Those were works of art compared to the animation from this film. I think the sound effects/dialogue were mixed by someone deaf or insane (or both). Sound effects were mostly inaudible compared to the dialogue. I think the fight sequences (all two of them with the two whole sword swings in each) were storyboarded by a three year old. Wasn't Mulan supposed to be in a war or something? Perhaps something at least on the scale of a bar brawl? Not according to this film... Have I badmouthed this movie enough? Well don't take my word for it, this movie is so bad there are no credits. I guess everyone who worked on this movie were scared to put their names on it (and this is the ONLY thing that indicates that those who made this film have greater mental prowess than, say, a toasteroven)."
This Anime (Not the Disney Version) is Incredible
Whetley S. | Austin, TX USA | 03/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No, this is not the Disney version starring Eddie Murphy as a hip, street-talking little dragon thing. This is the original Japanese version of the film that Disney bought the rights to. Please note that most anime is not intended for a young audience. There is cursing, violence, and blood shed. However, it is an excellent movie and has a very engrossing plot and detailed characters. The Disney version has nothing on the original's story."
Wait a minute here.
Whetley S. | 04/12/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This ain't the original version. Neither is that Disney thing. Both videos are pretty poor retellings of a centuries-old poem.If you want the original version, go to the book section of this site and look for the poetry collections _The Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady_, or stick "Ballad of Mulan" into a search engine."
SereneNight | California, USA | 05/02/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I strongly recommend renting this video before purchasing. Mostly, because it is quite simply, awful. I've always been a big fan of Animation, but this video was sub direct-to-video quality. In this film the plot is butchered to include, (amongst other things), a talking panda, a dragon and an evil skull-uniform-wearing general complete with underground fort, a legion of badies in skull ying/yang armor, and an American bald eagle (!)The good: The only (somewhat) well-designed character was Mulan and her Grandfather. There is a somewhat decent message at the beginning about not judging people by their appearance/color of skin, which I felt was appropriate. The bad: It's too bad the animators didn't take the movie's message to heart when they chose to draw most of the Chinese in an ugly, stereotyped and exaggerated way. The art had me cringing! And if the good guys were ugly, the `evil' villains, looking more like trolls than people. Also, the voice acting was terrible. Mulan sounded like a cranky teenager reading her lines completely deadpan. The rest of the Chinese sounded like they were voiced by one guy, with a Brittish accent! Overall, while I expected to find this movie MILDLY entertaining, instead it was dime-store anime at its worst. Watch at your own risk."