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Episode 32: Mulan – Yodeling Huns

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You guys asked for it and we delivered! In is our very first listener-request episode, The Rotoscopers review, discuss, dissect, analyze, and goof around with Disney’s 1998 film Mulan.


  • Feeling gypped by Disney’s Netflix offering.
  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Disney Princess 2013 redesigns
  • Mulan with blue eyes?!, Whitewashing the Princesses, Disney redesigns over the years, crazy curls, plastic surgery.
  • Main Discussion: Disney’s Mulan.
  • Basic info, what are the directors doing now?, “This movie’s awesome!”
  • Animation laws of the universe: Thou shalt make a crappy DVD cover.
  • Animation style and design is very modern, yet true to Asian aesthetics.
  • Act 1: cool intro, big fan of Shan Yu, Mulan = typical Disney oddball, how do you get the matchmaker job?, hair cutting scene music.
  • Act 2: Pokémon style guardian battle, what happened to the great stone dragon?, Mushu = facilitator, no villain song, Shang just wants to impress his dad, “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” is Mulan’s transformation song, swimming scene.
  • Act 3: Huns battle on the mountain, very “Star Wars”, Chinese-made rope, “apparently there’s a hidden Mickey…”, Animation Law #2: Disney women must not have short rule, “It’s ok to cross dress”, Jafar giving Shan Yu villain tips, letter of the law (Chi-Fu) vs. spirit of the law (Emperor), no love story, strange “party” ending.
  • We rate it!
  • Bloopers: Rotoscopers pledge, DreamWorks woes, quotes.

Runtime: 1:17:39, 38.9 MB


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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.