The Messed Up Origins of Mulan | Disney Explained - Jon Solo

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    Jon SoloJon Solo

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    The long-awaited episode has finally arrived! Let's take a look at the ancient story that inspired Mulan!
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JC CJ
JC CJ

We studied her in class even before the Disney movie came out. We were so upset how they changed the story but it’s Disney so wadya expect

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tae you Very much
tae you Very much

The version that I've listened to basically went like this: Mulan grew up together with her father and lily toe brother. His father was a soldier although he was old in his age. His father taught Mulan martial arts in secret. Since in ancient China, women were basically treated like prostitutes, slaves and maids of the household, not needing to have any education and was only needed to bare children. One day, Mulan overheard his father talking about him needing to go out for war. Mulan decided to take over in place of his father, as her brother was too young while his father was too old for war. Mulan's father agreed and she went for war. During the war, Mulan did not fall in love with the prince. Every time in the battle field when engaging an attack, she would stand at the front line, when they had won, she would go to the back line of the group so no one would recognise her as a female. Two years later, they've returned back to their kingdom. The king took notice to Mulan's skills in battle and offered one wish to Mulan. Mulan did not ask for a horse, but instead she asked for a second chance. The king didn't know what she meant, but Mulan just took off her helmet and revealed herself as a female to the king. The king was shocked to see an outstanding performance of a girl, so the king offered riches to Mulan but declined. Mulan then went back home safely, the whole news about her being a female wasn't known to the public, instead the public was stranged out about why the 'man' in the battlefield didn't appeared again.

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tae you Very much
tae you Very much

I actually prefer the normal story of Mulan.

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Nam jesus
Nam jesus

Jon Solo: *Mic Drop* immediately thinks of BTS

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sasha 12
sasha 12

"Her family, friends and all of China" yeah just a few billion of people, not much

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Bren Fireheart
Bren Fireheart

Who else is watching this video in 2019?

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Tay
Tay

I thought Mulan went to war so her father won’t die (since he was injured already) I feel like that’s what really drove her. I doubt she cared to go to war in the first place. She didn’t fit in but she wasn’t trying to be a soldier 😂 ETA: I mean for his description of the Disney movie mulan

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Becky Einolf
Becky Einolf

The four markets may represent the 4 cardinal directions and their related elements, for example, North = earth. Using all 4 may have been meant as a charm to help ensure success, or may, as you say, simply work well in the poem.

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Sis What??
Sis What??

Y’all are really trying to argue that Mulan is a lgbtq? 💀💀 I’m bi , and I can tell you now that she’s not part of it AT ALL . The only reason she dressed as a male was to protect her father and fight in the war if the army allowed women in 10000000% sure she wouldn’t have dressed as a man . And yes , there is a problem with lgbtq people trying to make straight characters gay , if you want representation that bad make a damn character yourself 🤦🏽‍♀️ .

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Sis What??
Sis What??

Y’all are really trying to argue that Mulan is a lgbtq? 💀💀 I’m bi , and I can tell you now that she’s not part of it AT ALL . The only reason she dressed as a male was to protect her father and fight in the war if the army allowed women in 10000000% sure she wouldn’t have dressed as a man . And yes , there is a problem with lgbtq people trying to make straight characters gay , if you want representation that bad make a damn character yourself 🤦🏽‍♀️ .

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Shaylah Joy
Shaylah Joy

50%: tHiS iS nOT mATCHinG ThE oTHER STorieS!!! 49%:Notice me So I Get Pined!!! 1%:this is great

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Roseheart Toxic
Roseheart Toxic

Fun fact: women of China and Greece are better fighters then the men, women was trained to fight so they can protect their human if the husband fails or falls in battle

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Jasper Skwar
Jasper Skwar

I always wonder how woman like her could be able to hide their period for so long even more so in times and cultures where underwear wasn't really used. It's not like she had a tent or room for her own but rather sleep in some sort of group quarters. So even changing clothes and preparing for battle would have been kinda impossible without being found out.

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Bob Zanveghana
Bob Zanveghana

Wow! That origin was MESSED UP!

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Jamie M.
Jamie M.

These manipulative feminists always bitching and whining about equality. We're not unequal, just different. So just respect the difference.

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Me Li
Me Li

False thumbnail tho

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Pikagirl541
Pikagirl541

Mulan is my favorite Disney Princess, and I actually read a non-Disney version of her story when I was younger; at the time I thought it was the original but I've since heard that the original did not end with her returning home, being welcomed back by her parents, and facing absolutely no backlash for pretending to be a man. Time to find out of accurate the rest of that version is. Edit: So this is also exactly the version I read, although it wasn't written as a pome. I'm sure the next part is where I'll be horrified. 🚨A potential spoiler warning is in effect for the rest of this comment🚨 Supposedly there's a version that ends in her killing herself and I have a bad feeling that's the one you're going to cover.

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Terry Fiorello
Terry Fiorello

Mulan is my favourite Disney, and the songs are amazing. Really happy the live action will try get closer to original versions but sad we're losing the songs.

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Katherine Jordan
Katherine Jordan

Maybe the purpose of getting the items from different places was to include all of China in a poetic way.

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Sandy QinYu
Sandy QinYu

mulan is a real person ,my chinese mom told me..... i think

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c rose
c rose

You’d probably be able to tell the difference the second she’s in the fray of combat. Most women, even trained, can’t keep up with men.

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I K
I K

5:59well the enemy can’t really tell the difference because in hun(Turk) culture girls&women do fight because the concept of an army doesn’t exist and the whole tribe fights in the battle regardless of their gender and age.

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puttputt524
puttputt524

Men in the army didn’t know she was a woman. My father says she was guaranteed ugly and manly looking.

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lian
lian

quite accurate. i studied the earliest existing version in chinese. this checks out. the really messed up one is a later version.

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Asian Penguin
Asian Penguin

In version told by an old book I owned when I was a kid. She was offered to marry the emperor as reward, she wasn't interested but everyone keep pressing. She felt sad bcoz even after all her hard work she is still treated as woman (forced marriage). So she killed herself. Some version says she did have relationship with a general, so she killed herself bcoz she didn't want to marry other man.

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Renee Smith
Renee Smith

A bit like Saint Joan of Ark

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rayray1983
rayray1983

Jon shot first. Always. Love your videos.

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lilgypsy31
lilgypsy31

Probably she went to the separate market because the penalty in china for a woman doing Male things was death. If I'm not mistaken this could be something as simple as picking up a sword. So by going to different markets to get one singular thing. It would look as if she was doing errands for her father as opposed to getting them all in one place it would be obvious she had bigger plans. Also china has auspicious meaning in the directions of north south east and west for example it could be symbolic of the four guardians she wishes to protect her. And much like today. The quality of items are often not in the same place. But that's just a guess.

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shut up bitch
shut up bitch

I can't believe that Screen Rant ripped you off! AGAIN!

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Eun Bae
Eun Bae

Doesn't anyone think that the thumbnails are a little too harsh

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Slim Jadey
Slim Jadey

Coming to give a view because screen rant copied this video lol

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PAKTRA PRODUCTIONS
PAKTRA PRODUCTIONS

Yeah

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shuang wu
shuang wu

I am suprised a foreigner actually got the story right! Thank you!

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Alexis Ngai
Alexis Ngai

it wasn't until you've said she went to east, south, north and west market to buy stuff, that i realised the plot sounded so familiar was bc i had to recite the poem when i was 11.

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daydream
daydream

Mulan is hands down my favourite disney movie and princess out of all the others.

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Direndal
Direndal

Cmon man. Look up the reason why she went to the different markets. This is your job. Google it or call a smarter friend with a major or a masters

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Jordan Leigh Wheatley
Jordan Leigh Wheatley

I feel like Mulan truly influenced my outlook on life as a child. It was one of my favorite movies.

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Meg Miao
Meg Miao

Just came from the Cinderella video. I knew there must be a Mulan video and was ready to hear some nonsense. But I have to say, this is the most well researched one I have ever encountered on YouTube! You are the only person I watched who ever mentioned Mulan is not a real person based on existing evidence. I truly appreciate your effort in research, not just coming up with some strange, shocking stories to attract viewers. And you are right about the lines about the markets. It is a poetic expression, just to show that Mulan went a lot of places to buy her equipments. And the “10000 miles” is also a figure of speech, showing Mulan has traveled a long distance.

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Unearthly Gang
Unearthly Gang

We love that it seems Mulan is basically about equality but so far in front the rest of the world 😍

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Alexandria Taylor
Alexandria Taylor

The greatest training montage created 👏🏼👏🏻👏🏾👏🏽👏🏿

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Cup Of Tae
Cup Of Tae

I thought this was going to be the sad version. -.-

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Rose Cox
Rose Cox

Newer sunscriber, here! I've been binge watching these videos and I am so impressed. The origins of these stories is absolutely fascinating! Edit: whether they are messed up or not.

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What happened was
What happened was

Love all the hard work, only gripe that i got is that the music is the same on every video and on repeat for the whole time 🤷🏻‍♀️😎 still great work and I thank you for taking the time to put em together

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Jacob Bockover
Jacob Bockover

I've heard the woman warrior story but not that one

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Yiren Ding
Yiren Ding

The four markets are just for rhythms in the poem. Literally to make it sound more rhythmic by repeating the same sentence with very small changes. Pretty common for ballots like that back in that time. Think of it more like a “song” in game of throne rather than an tale.

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Ginnie M
Ginnie M

So there is no whole matchmaking thing in the original Hua Mulan poem, and there was no death penalty on women who enlisted in the military. I know those are not the only differences, but those two already make the Disney's animation quite different from the original one, I think.

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Cr8z Drgn
Cr8z Drgn

Fun Fact: because in the original poem, Mulan has young siblings. Since Disney wanted her to be an only child, that's why they name the dog, "Little Brother" who also was designed by Chris Sanders who later made Lilo & Stitch

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Andrew Ando
Andrew Ando

I don't know who you are, but you're so suave with the way you talk lol. Thanks for the story time.

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Virginia Nichole
Virginia Nichole

The original story isn’t messed up at all though

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Jazmyne Bradford
Jazmyne Bradford

but did't Joan of Ark do the same thing except she was executed after being found talking to herself in the woods in turn being accused of witchcraft???

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砂兰德
砂兰德

雄兔脚扑朔,雌兔眼迷离。双兔傍地走,安能辨我是雄雌。🐰We learned this poem in junior high, and if you’re wondering why Mulan was purchasing her gear from 4 different markets separately: this is more of a rhetoric method (修辞手法)called 互文( I don’t know the English term for it), she wasn’t trying to cover her tracks or anything, what the author basically was trying to say is just that she went around to different places to get her full set of gear, cause apparently you can’t find a full set of gear for soldiers at one place I don’t know 🤷‍♀️

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Mickalia Collington
Mickalia Collington

There was a video done about mulan and yes.....she was a real person

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Najmah Chant
Najmah Chant

i thought mulan was based of a poem, or is that considered part of the "legends" series nvmd i just finished watching the video xD

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Kay. Doza
Kay. Doza

Oh man can’t wait for a second live action Mulan movie 💕😭.

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Veronica Botello
Veronica Botello

3:53 where Mulan got all her equipment probably represents the four guardians North the black turtle, east the white tiger, south the red Crimson bird and west the green dragon

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Yonna Bea
Yonna Bea

Yeah... the orgin is waaaayy better.

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Nugget Doja
Nugget Doja

What you did was a bored or frustrated sigh, not a worried one.

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Marieme Ba
Marieme Ba

You are the reason i do not watch cartoons anymore

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Dee Popscile
Dee Popscile

untill the seqaul whats that soupposed to mean

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superpal43
superpal43

A poem about gender equality in the year 500, and yet we still don't have it. Pitiful.

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qx_ nerdcore
qx_ nerdcore

Yes its a pathetic truth

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bairdduvessa
bairdduvessa

I first heard this story circa 1987 by a librarian in first grade. The version I heard had her father be too sick, so he was jailed and she had to pretend to be a man to restore her family honor

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