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Another Vintage. An interactive dragon in ancient China Mulan Disney By Richard Moore IF YOU haven't heard of Mulan by now, it's time to take a breather from the nappy-and -bottle-washing lark and see what the kiddies are going to be into next Mukm is Disney's latest animated movie and that means film, video, games, figures and almost everything else you can think.of. Mulan is the Chinese legend of a young woman not having an easy time in life. Everything Fa Mulan does seems to upset everyone and dishonor her proud family. When her ageing father is called for military service against the invading Huns she embarrasses him greatly. Thinking there's nothing else to do. Computer Games she steals her father's armor and joins the Chinese army - a crime that could mean her death.The family's ghostly guardians dispatch a protective dragon to look after her but the only one available is Mushu, a scrawny little . reptile who just happens to be the fastest mouth on legs. You'll know how Mulan's adventures end soon enough (everyone will), but let's have a squizz at the computer offering and check out Mulan Animated Storybook. As with all of Disney's PC forays, the game is hosted by the most colorful of the movie's characters - in this case Mushu, which no doubt means "litde entity with very talkative lips". Mushu is a terrific personality who mixes comic moments with... more comic moments. He guides you around the world of Mulan and is the catalyst for Uttle Miss Mulan: the latest animated Disney adventure, your journey by losing magic from five scrolls. Your task is to rediscover the magic to complete the tale. Pretty though it is, Mulan lacks the instant appeal of earlier titles, such as Winnie The Pooh and The Lion King but perhaps that is because it is so new and die characters have not had time to invade our psyche. It has all the prerequisites for a successful tide - puzzles, games and songs - and a much more interactive approach. Things to do in Mulan include playing mahjong, choosing and printing out historical costumes for a cardboard Mulan and Mushu (available with the game), solving a picture puzzle to release armor and a memory test to wake the family's guardians. There are also a sing-along for three songs from the movie and a create-your-own-story section that combines a paint program, music and your ' imagination to create a story from scratch.This is possibly the outstanding part of Mukm and is only available when you have rescued the emperor. You choose the images, can turn them into black and white before painting them with your own color schemes, write the words and pick the appropriate music.This will definitely keep the children occupied. It is fair to say that in a departure from most of Disney's appeal-to-everyone efforts, Mukm will more likely interest girls more than boys. But they will have fun. 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