20 reasons we still love the magic of Mulan 20 years later

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1. Mulan is relatable

There are obviously so many reasons why Mulan is a wonderful movie. But the best thing about the entire movie is that Mulan is a relatable character in every way — from her big personality, to her tiny little quirks.

When we first see her, she’s writing notes on her arm so she doesn’t forget the answers. I have done that before, and I am sure many others have as well. She also gets her dog to feed the chickens by attaching a feed bag and a bone to his collar, which shows her ingenuity. And haven’t we all tried to cut corners, whether they be super innovative or a little silly?

Mulan is not the traditional Disney princess, especially when she wakes up. She has messy hair, no makeup, and doesn’t want to move — the epitome of being relatable. But on a deeper level, Mulan wants to please her family so badly that she does things she doesn’t want to do. She is on a journey to discover who she really is and what she wants to be doing.

Those are things most of us can relate to regardless of our background. This movie is inclusive in many ways, but mainly it shows that regardless of who you are, you can be who you want to be. It doesn’t matter who approves or not because being true to yourself is the most important thing in this world.

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Happy 20th birthday, Mulan! Our baby is all grown up and saving China. What is your number one reason for loving Mulan? Let us know!