Although it strictly follows the usual hero's quest formula, “Mulan” boasts a gorgeous look that mimics Chinese watercolor paintings, a likable heroine and a deliciously vicious villain in Hun leader Shan Yu (Miguel Ferrer).
In contrast, cartoonish animation, boring storytelling and shoddy dialogue doom the cut-rate follow-up. Even worse, Murphy's “Shrek 2” obligations prevented him from returning for the sequel, but the filmmakers actually gave his character (and replacement voice actor Mark Moseley) a bigger part.
The Blu-ray includes 11 deleted scenes, 15 making-of featurettes, six music videos and an audio commentary, but none of them are new, which is a shame since Mulan blazed the trail for future self-reliant princesses like Merida from last year's Oscar-winning feature “Brave.” Even more puzzling, the spacious Blu-ray doesn't feature all the bonus material from the 2004 “Mulan” DVD release.
— Brandy McDonnell