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Mulan II
(2004)
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Score Composed and Conducted by:

Score Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
Nan Schwartz

Songs Composed by:
Jeanine Tesori
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(January 25th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release, priced at initial bargain rates often below $8.
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Buy it... if you have long appreciated Joel McNeely's often underrated orchestral work and are open to this short but entertaining large-scale effort for an otherwise miserable Disney sequel.

Avoid it... if you can find absolutely no merit in any aspect of a Disney sequel that does not retain the full musical identities of its predecessor(s), for in this case, Jerry Goldsmith's themes are completely absent.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,076
WRITTEN 2/12/05, REVISED 10/27/11
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Mulan II: (Joel McNeely) There have been some truly terrible products to result from the low-budget sequel division at Walt Disney Pictures since the 1990's. The quality of these sequels is so wretched that each one serves as proof that the studio is about profit first and artistry second, draining every last dollar out of any and every original idea that someone else at the place had conjured in the past. If only Disney would take this money from the sequel division and pump it into fresh new feature films, then maybe the studio might achieve the same quality and respect for its overall product line that it received in the early 1990's, when a project such as Beauty and the Beast could be nominated for a best picture Oscar. In that string of acclaimed animated musical features, Mulan came right at the end of Disney's dominance in the 1990's, buoyed by a fresh ethnic perspective and a strong pairing of Jerry Goldsmith score and popular Matthew Wilder songs that officially ushered out the Alan Menken era. Many critics have argued to some extent that the direction was down the toilet for Disney's quality in the musical genre thereafter, and it's no coincidence that this era of poorer Disney output coincided with the release of atrocities like The Little Mermaid 2 and The Return of Jafar or, if you want to behold the absolute worst, the Tarzan and Atlantis sequels that recycled footage from television cartoons. The rumor mill speculated for quite some time that two Mulan sequels were in the works, though delays and rewrites on Mulan II ultimately caused the second sequel to be suspended indefinitely. While Disney occasionally attempts to send these sequels to the theatres, Mulan II was another "straight to video" (or DVD, in these days) venture for 2004, which is the studio's way of admitting, according to some, that their product doesn't even attempt to generate high expectations. The problem with these inferior sequels most specifically is that the money doesn't exist to rehire the original songwriters, composers, actors, and other crew that often made the original a success. Some of the original cast returned for Mulan II, but the musical aspect of the project was a complete turnover, leaving Goldsmith's score and Wilder's songs largely absent from the renewed equation.



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Average: 3.12 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 32 4 Stars
*** 30 3 Stars
** 25 2 Stars
* 23 1 Stars
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Alternate Review of Mulan II at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - March 28, 2005, at 9:45 a.m.
1 comment  (2027 views)
It's okay, but the original was still better
Kevin - February 27, 2005, at 4:56 p.m.
1 comment  (2076 views)
Very Short Score *NM*
Nicolás Rodríguez Quiles - February 25, 2005, at 3:21 a.m.
1 comment  (1950 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:46
• 1. Lesson Number One (cast song) (2:26)
• 2. Main Title (1:09)
• 3. Like Other Girls (cast song) (2:25)
• 4. Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux) (cast song) (1:31)
• 5. Here Beside Me (cast song) (2:35)
• 6. (I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls - performed by Atomic Kitten (2:50)
• 7. Journey Begins (2:59)
• 8. In Love and in Trouble (4:37)
• 9. Attack (4:06)
• 10. Shang Lives! (4:28)
• 11. Here Beside Me (Instrumental) (2:35)

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