Overlooked Disney Scenes: I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Mulan.
Man oh man is this a scene that sadly gets overlooked but was one that was so defying of what was considered the Disney Princess mold that it blew my mind as kid, and even today it still gives me chills. Starting off we see that Mulan (In disguise as Ping) is not in the best place, she is in a boys club and feels she isn’t up to task. Her peers aren’t fond of her, Shang isn’t fond of her, and they all doubt her abilities even disguised as man. Throughout most of the song we just Mulan sadly slightly fail every task she is given then again her peers aren’t doing that much better as no one has conquered the infamous pole yet. Which is given this sort of right of passage feel, that only the best of the best can achieve. Yet at the climax of the song Mulan fails her seemingly last task and is shown the door and told to go home. Yet here is where she thrives. To see the moment I am talking about please follow this link. Mulan has hit bottom and the only way to stay is to prove her worth, and that is exactly what she does.
As the song begins to climax we see her use what makes Mulan so unique, her intellect and use of her surroundings that make her a formidable warrior. With the chanting in the background belting be a man we see the one person who isn’t begin to ascend the once impossible task. With the sun shining on her she makes her way to the top, proving every one there wrong. It’s an amazing scene and honestly one that touches on just who Mulan is. When she achieves victory she gloats sure, but in a positive way on that proves she can play ball with everyone there. Mulan proves herself a warrior in that moment, and her determination and fearlessness is something I hope anyone can take away from this film. She proves that it’s not your gender that defines you and your capabilities, but the qualities that you possess as a person. Anyone is capable of greatness, and I think that is one of the best lessons a film at impressionable boys and girls could ever offer.