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Original Production Animation Drawing of Mulan from "Mulan" 1998

Original Production Animation Drawing of Mulan from "Mulan" 1998
Original Production Animation Drawing of Mulan from "Mulan" 1998

Original production animation drawing of Mulan in red and graphite pencils and used during the production of "Mulan" 1998, Walt Disney Studios; Dialog word 'Polite' upper sheet edge; Numbered 164 in red pencil lower right; Animation ladder upper right; Size - Mulan: 5 1/2 x 6", Sheet 10 1/2 x 12 1/2"; Unframed.

"My duty is to my heart." - Mulan

"Mulan" 1998 is an animated musical action adventure and the 36th full length feature film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and it was released on June 19, 1998 by Buena Vista Pictures. The film was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, story by Robert D. San Souci, screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer. Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong are the main voice cast in the English version while Jackie Chan provided the voice of Captain Li Shang for the Chinese dub of the film. "Mulan" was a commercial success, grossed $304 million worldwide, received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, and won several Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature.

Development for the film began in 1994, when several animation supervisors were sent to China to acquire artistic and cultural inspiration. The story is a combination of a manuscript by Robert D. San Souci based on the Chinese poem "The Song of Fa Mu Lan," other Asian-themed legends and stories, and the integration of a Scottish folk tale character of a dragon or "Mulan." The film takes place in China during the Han dynasty and centers around Fa Mulan, the daughter of the aged warrior Fa Zhou, who disguises as a man in order to take her father's place during the battle against the Hun invasion.

Mark Henn was the supervising animator for the film's main character, Mimi Chan performed the motion capture of her martial arts moves, Ming-Na Wen provided the speaking voice, and Lea Salonga provided the singing. Mulan is the only Disney Princess to be of East Asian descent and not to be born of royalty or marry a prince.

This is a rare and absolutely spectacular original production animation drawing of Mulan from her first appearance in the film. She is eyes open, with a calligraphy brush tucked in her hair just above her left ear. She is holding a pair of chop sticks that are being used to pick up grains of rice. A perfect image and a great addition to any art collection from the Walt Disney Renaissance period of animation!


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