Mulan joins a “misfit” battalion of new recruits.Disney
How did you come up with this theory?
I’m a Martial artist and I come from a military family. When I was training with my wife one day, Disney came up. I joked “Why did they send a top adviser to the Emperor to recruit a nobody like Fa Mulan?” And that got me thinking. I wanted a logical answer. What if Fa Mulan wasn’t a nobody but a high ranking solider and a hero from the last “war”?
Why would they want a injured war hero? That’s when I came up with the NCO theory. Fa Mulan was invited personally by the Emperor to serve as an non-commissioned officer with experience to help the youthful captain, who was the son of a general, lead a misfit battalion.
How do you think the story would have been different if Mulan didn’t take her father’s place?
I think it would have been completely different in one of two ways.
A. The great dragon is sent with no spirit guardian. If this is the case, the best case, Fa Mulan serves excellently into his role as NCO, the battalion is not sent into the mountains to be ambushed by the Huns, but instead meet at the palace and have an epic battle, not sure which side would be victorious.
B. Mushu is sent. If Mushu is sent, Fa Mulan would probably have ignored him, or tried to help him. Either way to prove his worth, he would get the misfit battalion sent into the mountains, and without Mulan, I don’t think they would have survived.
Do you still think it’s correct? Why?
Absolutely. I’ve yet to see anything that proves it wrong.
Based on the trailer for the new movie, do you think your theory will also work for the live-action version?
From the trailers, I think it still could be true, but that’s from trailers. I always let the final product speak for itself.
Are you planning on paying $30 to watch the new Mulan on Disney+?
No, there are too many streaming services just like cable used to be. 1 to 3 was tolerable, now there are a dozen and you can’t find anything to watch
Ha, fair enough. So you don’t use Disney+ at all?
Haven’t used it. I own lots of Disney movies already and beyond The Mandalorian, not much has excited me on Disney+.
Mulan is available now on Disney+.