I have clinical depression and Disney used to help me cope with it, but now, even if I watch my favorites like Mulan, Tangled, Beauty & The Beast, and Coco, they no longer really help. Which sucks since Disney used to help a lot and now I feel like I have nothing to really live for or feel joy from
I was 5 when I saw Mulan in theaters. Afterwards I said that I wanted to learn how to fight like her, so my mom signed me up for tae-kwan-do (even though it’s not the same martial arts) I felt like I was living out the I’ll Make a Man Out of You scene during practice. Even though it lasted 2.5 years and I got quite a few trophies and medals, I still tell people that Mulan was the only reason I did it all in the first place.
I’ll admit: I’ve based my last 3 trips from Disney and Pixar movies I’m infatuated with. Paris for Ratatouille, Beijing for Mulan, and Japan/ San Francisco for Big Hero 6. It helps me connect to my favorite movies and characters. I’m hoping to go to Alaska (Brother Bear) soon.
Mulan is a special movie to me for so many reasons. The rich story, the art, the music, it’s a masterpiece. I’m also transgender, and Reflection has always struck a huge chord with me, in addition to being one of my favorite songs in the movie. It’s like seeing and listening to my thoughts and feelings in song. I feel understood.
The song “I’ll make a man out of you” in brazilian portuguese is “I’ll not give up on anyone” (não vou desistir de nenhum) and the line “did they send me daughters intead of sons?” is completely different and the whole lyrics says nothing about gender, so in the chorus I (and pretty much everybody I know) always thought it was “I’ll win” (vou vencer) instead of “be a man” (homem ser), because they’re very phonetically similar, so it kinda broke my heart when I discouvered the truth
It would be nice if Disney made a movie with a heroine who wasn’t a princess to begin with. Perhaps we wouldn’t have to deal with the idea to fit criteria and such. I don’t think girls need a role model in every female character they come across, just a character who’s human would be enough. I can’t bring myself to like a princess in particular exactly because they’re too much of a goal to aim as a person and not a human I can relate to.
My name is Shane. I am a transman. When I was a kid, I felt like I was a mistake. But watching Mulan changed my life. For the first time, I had someone I could relate to, that I saw myself in. I broke down when she sang “Reflection”, her words represented exactly how I felt. I could never be a girl, that is not who I am inside. The fear of losing everyone, not being able to be the perfect daughter, or bride. Mulan saved my life, Mulan showed me who I am, & made me believe that I could be myself.
When I was younger I wanted to be strong like mulan so I cut my hair short and would sing “make a man out of you” in the mirror
I really adore Yao, Ling, and Chien Po. They really help me laugh and smile when I’m in a pretty awful mood.