June 26, 1998 |
One reason for the success of Disney's "Mulan," which opened strongly last Friday, is the portrayal of the title character, the girl who puts on her father's armor and takes his place in the Imperial Chinese Army. Mulan is the first Asian heroine in an American animated feature, and her character represents a new way of depicting women in animation. Capable and intelligent, if somewhat maladroit, she's a welcome departure from the spunky girls and increasingly snide women in recent features.
June 25, 1998 |
Fans of movie musicals will probably recognize the singing voice of Mulan's spunky Grandmother Fa in Disney's current animated hit musical, "Mulan." Though June Foray, alias Rocky of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" fame, is the speaking voice of the spry senior citizen, it is Marni Nixon who supplies Grandmother Fa's lilting soprano singing voice. Nixon, 68, is cinema's most famous ghost singer. She trilled such standards as "Shall We Dance?"
June 23, 1998 |
First-weekend results for 20th Century Fox's "The X-Files" and Walt Disney Co.'s "Mulan" are deceptive in terms of profitability. While both got off to solid starts--$30.1 million for "X-Files" and about $22.7 million for "Mulan"--U.S. grosses will tell only part of the story. Both films illustrate why studios are so hungry for franchises. "X-Files" cost $66 million and is likely to reach $80 million to $100 million at U.S. box office.
June 22, 1998 |
The summer box-office temperature just got hotter--finally--as both "The X-Files" movie and "Mulan" charged in with impressive debut weekends. Like Trekkers, X-Philes showed their support for agents Mulder and Scully and made them No. 1, shelling out an estimated $31 million to witness their big-screen adventure in 2,626 theaters for an average of almost $12,000 a screen.
June 19, 1998 |
Disney's "Mulan," opening nationally today, already seems to have struck a cyber chord with young people worldwide--and not just with Asians, who may already know the ancient Chinese legend of a brave young girl on which the animated feature is based. Within the past few days, hundreds of "Mulan" fans have posted messages on the Mulan Forum, an Internet Web site created in Mexico by a young Virginia Viadas Diaz.
June 19, 1998 |
John Seeker, a retired New Zealander on tour, had hoped for a band in the Disneyland parade, maybe a jazzy taste of New Orleans. But he didn't complain when the menu turned out Chinese, a la Disney: a 150-foot dragon/Great Wall puppet, acrobats spinning plates on sticks and pots on their heads, a 30-foot inflated "villain" tied up like a Macy's float in bondage, soldiers cross-dressed as "concubines." "Terrific.