A Disney animated film based on the life of a legendary woman from Chinese history was released on this day in 1998.
Mulan was written by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Raymond Singer (with story by Robert D. San Souci) and directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. The traditionally-animated Disney film, with music by Jerry Goldsmith, was released in theaters on June 19th, 1998.
Mulan features the voice talents of Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, June Foray, George Takei and Pat Morita.
In the film, Fa Mulan–the daughter of a respected warrior–disguises herself as a man to join in the fight against the Hun invasion of her country.
The film was a success, making over $300 million in box office returns. It received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. A video game based on the film was released for the original Sony Playstation.
Mulan received a direct-to-video sequel in 2005.