Mulan ★★½

Personally, this is one of my least-favorite of Disney's animated features. I know the late-90s are a muddle-tone time for most of these features, but this one works the least-well. The serious parts are SO serious and the comedy parts are SO silly, and then adding broadway-y songs... the mix is jarring and whiplash-y in tone.

On the positive side: Shan-Yu and the huns are menacing, the atmospheric effects have a lovely stylized nature to them, I do *like* the songs, Goldsmith's score has an impressive main theme, and the female-empowerment is (obviously) great. The climactic avalanche scene is actually thrilling, well-staged, impressively executed, and not only the best part of the film, but one of the best action setpieces in all of Disney animation. It's just too bad about everything else surrounding it...