- DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Number of discs: 3
- Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN: B00AO68692
- SRP $39.99 – PREORDER NOW FOR $24.99 – THAT’S 38% OFF!
Not long ago you may have read my review of the Disney movie Mulan, a movie celebrating it’s 15th birthday this year. I hadn’t seen the movie before, and was very pleased to find that I enjoyed it very much. During my trip to LA last month I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit the Disney Animation Studios, where I got to see firsthand how much time and work actually goes into making a Disney animated movie. A lot of time, and a lot of work, in case you didn’t happen to catch that post. Sure, I guess they could speed up the process and churn out just anything. But that’s not what we want in a family film for our families. It’s also not what we expect of a Disney animated film.
When we watch a Disney film, we expect a good story, full of humor, love and passion. While at the Disney Animation Studios, we had the honor of meeting with two of the key people behind Disney’s Mulan, Tom and Tony Bancroft. These twin brothers were a part of the driving force behind Mulan. The Bancroft brothers, like the movie Mulan, are full of humor, love and passion.
After enjoying a Chinese buffet for lunch in the Hyperion Room on the Disney Studio lot, we got to spend some time with the Bancroft brothers. t was really interesting to learn about their time in the industry. The brothers have worked on a number of movies including Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, to name but a few. Both of the brothers were into art from the time that they were children, enjoying comic books and being in art clubs. attended the California Institute of the Arts. From there they got an internship at Disney. After a while they separated, one working for Disney in California and one working for Disney in Florida.
Sketching while we spoke, the Bancroft brothers explained how they reunited to work together once again for the making of Mulan. Tony was the director of Mulan and Tom was the supervising animator of Mushu the dragon. They discussed the great amount of time and detail that went into creating the characters in Mulan. The character of Mulan, for example. The Bancroft brothers wanted to come up with a female character that their seven combined daughters would look up to as a female role model. The characteristics of strength and courage were a must for Mulan. And Mushu – he wasn’t drawn as simply any old dragon. Hundreds of hours of research on dragons was done. I didn’t know that Chinese dragons don’t look like the typical “alligator” looking dragon many of us think of, instead they’re long and slim and have whiskers like a cat. Every aspect of the characters was considered individually, right down to the coloring. Tom always wanted Mushu to be purple. While Mushu ended up red, there is a scene where Mushu is on the back of the horse after falling off the cliff. In this scene you can see Mushu has purple on his tail. That scene was placed there just for Tom as a surprise because he’d shown so much passion for the character including the color he felt he should be.
Here’s a clip containing Mulan, Mushu and Crikee. Tom and Tony Bancroft put a lot of passion and personality into this movie and its characters, and it really shows.
I really enjoyed our time with Tom and Tony Bancroft. They were super nice and very down to earth. And just so nice, before leaving they presented each member of our group with an original hand drawn sketch of Mushu and Crikee. It was a real pleasure spending time with some of the folks responsible for the movies that are so beloved by so many.
The Disney Mulan 15th Anniversary Edition And Mulan II combo is available in stores and online now.
I attended this event as a guest of Disney, with all expenses paid. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.