Fa Mulan, as voiced by Ming-Na, was brought to life in 1998 and was based on Hua Mulan from the Chinese poem ‘The Ballad of Mulan’. Mulan was the first Disney Princess to be Eastern Asian.
Appearance & Personality
Mulan is a very beautiful girl with an Asian appearance, an average height and slender figure with long, silky black hair, dark eyes, rosy cheeks, and a pale skin tone. In the original film, Mulan is only sixteen years old.
Mulan’s most memorable outfits are:
- A narrow white Chinese dress under a lime green jacket with a green collar and a blue wrap fastened with a red belt. She also wears black flats and her hair is tied in a loose low ponytail with a red hair ribbon.
- When she is at her meeting with the matchmaker, she is dressed in a burgundy and pale pink narrow Chinese skirt over a pink jacket with long flowing sleeves and an aqua and plum collar. Over it is a blue wrap with a red ribbon to fasten it. Accsessories are a light purple scarf, black flats, a necklace of jade beads, and gold dangling earrings. Her hair is tied in a loose bun with a red hair ribbon, and a special lotus flower hair pick is set into her hair as well.
- As she plans to take her father’s place in the army, she cuts her hair to shoulder length and ties it into a bun with a sage-green hair ribbon. She puts on his armor and attaches a sword to it.
In contrast to all other Disney Princesses, Mulan isn’t necessarily ‘friends’ with any of the animals. However, she is very fond of her horse and she is able to speak to her dragon spirit guardian and her ‘lucky cricket’ follows her around. But she doesn’t have a connection with animals like Snow White or Pocahontas do.
Mulan’s Main characteristics:
Mulan is the Princess of Honor and does not fit in with the expectations of a young Chinese woman of the time: graceful, demure, obedient, feminine and silent. Instead she is clumsy, outspoken, tomboyish and independent. Early in the first film she is very insecure and self-loathing, thinking that she will only continue to dishonor her family. As the story continues she starts to gain confidence in herself and after saving China, she finally sees herself as the person she always wanted to be, having brought honor to her family and country. Her courage, determination and extraordinary ingenuity help her through her adventures, while she maintains her respect for others.