Mulan is an adaptation of a Chinese legend of uncertain original date. In some regards, Mulan is like a variation on Pocahontas strong heroine stands against odds to single-handedly end a war but with a stronger story and less of a feeling that it is tip-toeing on eggshells in order not to offend any minority group. Certainly, the PC values are still there despite being an animated film in English, Mulan is scrupulous enough to cast most of the Chinese character parts with Asian-American actors but not to the point it gets in the way of the story.
In all other regards, Mulan is a satisfyingly well-rounded film a warm balance of humour, a likeable obligatory supporting cast of small talking animal sidekicks, a strong female lead (something that is also requisite for the new PC Disney these days). The artwork is modelled on traditional Chinese lithographs and all drawn in pastel colours. While economically drawn, there is at least one artistically (and dramatically) dazzling sequence where Mulan brings an avalanche down on an advancing army and is forced to ride the crest of the wave on her horse. Amongst the characters, Eddie Murphy does a standout piece as a fast-talking dragon. Murphy has an absolute ball and makes it the most memorable of the talking animal mentor/sidekick parts that Disney has done in recent years far better in fact than Robin Williamss overrated, anachronism-spouting turn in Aladdin.
Disney later produced a direct-to-dvd sequel Mulan II (2004). A live-action remake has been announced for 2018.
(No. 8 on the SF, Horror & Fantasy Box-Office Top 10 of 1998 list).