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Speaking of heroes and heroines whose origins are from farther east, I would like to share with you all this Asian heroine and this Asian hero, respectively:

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Mulan comforts Mushu at the end of her movie

 

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A) Mulan, or she who is as mighty, brave and noble as a warrior, as she is young, fair and beautiful as a maiden, and whose story—a story that is as much well known familiar to the peoples of all Asia (including the people of her indigenous China) as the story of Cinderella is much well known and familiar to the peoples of Europe and the United States—provided the basis for a hand drawn Disney movie from 16 years ago.

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B) Samurai Jack, or he who is my kind of guy, a time-displaced warrior swordsman prince of Medieval Japan, my cartoon hero, my favorite cartoon samurai as well as my main Asian man (if only AVATAR’s Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) counts as ‘my main blue man’) and he who wants to go back to his own time and place so he can do the killin’ blow to the evil shape shifting demon wizard Aku, the Master of Masters, Deliverer of Darkness, and Shogun or Sorrow, or whatever Aku’s self-proclaimed titles are…

Anyway, speaking of Samurai Jack:

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When he was a little kid, when Aku got his jailbreak thanks to an eclipse, he got send around the world by his mom and dad to train among all manner of warriors. And when he return to his home as a fully grown adult, after a battle between him and Aku’s taskmasters, Jack challenges Aku to an epic duel in the hope of undoing the damage Aku has wrought upon his home, but that was before Aku gave Jack the boot to the future that is AKU!

If we will never, ever possibly get a proper ending for Samurai Jack from Genndy Tartakovsky himself, then too bad, but just like Jack who swears to god not to give up on his quest to find the time portal and go back to his own time and place so he can finally do the killin’ blow to Aku and his future world, Genndy Tartakovsky will never, EVER give up on a big screen Samurai Jack movie that will possibly feature the long promised proper ending to the show.

And if the big screen Samurai Jack feature film project might ever become a reality, an actuality as well as a fact, I certainly  hope that even in its ultimate form, the big screen Samurai Jack feature film project might end up not only succeeding where non-Disney 2D hand drawn animated things such as The Powerpuff Girls Movie failed to do, but also fulfilling a rare, never-before-done wish for any animated movie of the non-Disney variety and especially of the hand-drawn variety: becoming hopefully one of the most popular and successful movies of all time (be it live action, animated, Disney, Not-Disney, Hand Drawn, CGI, or otherwise) , let alone drawing record crowds and hopefully eclipsing the likes of The Lion King, the Shrek and Toy Story films, or even Disney’s Frozen or so as one of, or if not, the animation industry’s biggest and most phenomenal financial success or so.

But for now, I am just kidding.

Anyway, as for the legendary Chinese female warrior Mulan…

The Two Destinys of Mulan

 

Most Americans will forever remember Mulan through Disney’s interpretation of her story.

I, for one, did not think a woman like—and such as—the legendary Mulan—could be THAT mighty, brave and noble as a warrior when she is THAT young, fair and beautiful as a maiden…

Again, I never, ever think a woman—especially one from farther east like the aforementioned Mulan—could be as mighty, brave and noble as a warrior as she is young, fair and beautiful as a maiden.

That, again, is just my two cents.

One more thing.

I would also quote from the Emperor of China whom Mulan saves from the villainous Shan-Yu and the Mongols (or Huns, as the Disney movie refer to them):

“I’ve heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan.

You stole your father’s armor,

ran away from home,

impersonated a soldier,

deceived your commanding officer,

dishonored the Chinese Army,

destroyed my palace,

and you have saved us all.”

Anyway, I am asking you all this:

What are the differences between Mulan and Samurai Jack? And what are the similarities, or comparison and contrast , if you will, between Samurai Jack and Mulan?

Jamie Chung as Mulan

Here is Sucker Punch actress Jamie Chung starring in the second season of ABC TV’s Once Upon a Time as Mulan, the Legendary Ancient Chinese Female Warrior Figure and definitely one of my most favorite heroic people besides everyone’s favorite cartoon samurai, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack.

I love Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, for they are my three most favorite TV shows and cartoons of all time, as much as James Cameron’s 2009 3D Sci-Fi action film AVATAR is my most favorite movie of all time (mainly because out of all the recent movies that came out these days, James Cameron’s AVATAR has, even in 3-D, the most amazing visuals and prettiest colors imaginable).

Now, if I were a filmmaker, film director and even animation artist, I would love to pay homage to Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Lab and Samurai Jack, especially in ways best suited to the US-based, Russian-born animation director’s talents.

In the case of my own projects, while it might use and share the same cartoon characters as Dexter’s Lab and/or Craig McCracken’s Powerpuff Girls, I would also be clear in my intention that my own big screen hand drawn animated epic feature film project, which may be called “The Princess of Shangara”, would be unrelated to the rest of any of those already-established cartoon franchises from the 1990’s.

Now, there had been talk of somebody doing a theatrical big screen live action movie based on any of my three favorite TV shows, Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls and/or Samurai Jack-but it would take me, if I were to be an animation artist and filmmaker and film director, to cast my unique vision of a three-part theatrical big screen hand drawn animated epic inspired not only by Dexter’s Lab, PPG and/or Samurai Jack, and especially characters from any of the former two shows but also by, among other sources, the tale of the legendary Ancient Chinese female warrior Mulan (besides Disney’s 1998 animated interpretation of that ancient Chinese legend).

In fact, in my interpretation of the Ancient Chinese legend and folk fable of Mulan, I should take the more nonmusical route than Disney’s Mulan.

In the case of my movie, “The Princess of Shangara”, there would not only be characters from Dexter’s Lab and/or PPG, but also some slight DNA from Genndy Tartakovsky’s work, especially on Dexter, PPG, and Samurai Jack. Fans of Dexter’s Lab, PPG, Samurai Jack and even Classic Cartoon Network may notice some things, especially during the funnier moments, and especially during the more action-packed moments and especially imagery inspired by those of  Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, and other people who used to work on the likes of Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory and the like.

It won’t be like any other animated feature on the big screen, for I’m gonna use music, sound design, cinematic and epic storytelling and very stylized 2D and 3D backgrounds to create mood, atmosphere and real emotional depth (though done almost entirely in pantomime) as the three main characters travels.

I’m gonna set out to make my animated three-part epic, The Princess of Shangara, not only epic and cinematic in scope, scale or even length, but to also incorporate everything I wanted in a action film like this: action, humor, intricate artistry, and minimal dialogue, some of it in an invented language.

If I combine these elements with my unique visual style and enthralling storylines, I may bring the kind of high energy to the three movies which together would made up the single story of Princess of Shangara  and give audiences on the big screen something they had never experience before in live action or animated form on the big screen.

Even if The Princess of Shangara part I through part III should be made in Cinemascope widescreen, and even if the unique visuals of Princess of Shangara would contain lush, painterly 3D and 2D backgrounds and hand drawn cartoon characters drawn as solid colors without any thick black lines, I wanted The Princess of Shangara to be flat and highly stylized-a lot of lighting and mood-it would be a theatrical big screen hand drawn animated epic with very little dialogue (some of it in a invented language) and more about the action, simple stories and the three main characters.

The three main characters in The Princess of Shangara in my case would be Lilimaia (Dee Dee’s Asian Friend Lee Lee, as well as The Princess of Shangara of the title), Daphne (Dexter’s Sister Dee Dee) and Mikaela (Dee Dee’s African American friend Mee Mee).

And while simple, the concept and back-story of The Princess of Shangara would leave room for much layering:

Lilimaia (Lee Lee) is a proud and pure warrior maiden of few words who is as mighty, brave and noble as she is young, fair and beautiful, and who is prophesized to be the one to bring about the downfall of the evil Dark Lord Mandark.

Many ages before, Mandark is warned that a newborn Princess of Shangara bearing a special mark would grow up to dispose him. 6 months from the birth of just such a child, Lilimaia’s father, The King of Shangara, had sent her away to be raised by a Shangaran-born book merchant named Taikiroh, and to also study with her world’s foremost scholars as well as to be trained in martial arts and stuff.

Along the way, Lilimaia (who looks physically just like Dee Dee’s Asian friend Lee Lee) befriends two girls, Daphne (a blonde girl who is physically just like Dee Dee from Dexter’s Lab) and Mikaela (a black girl who is physically just like Dee Dee’s black friend Mee Mee), and in the course of the three girls’ travels, they encounters exotic and mythical civilizations, living dinosaurs and other living Mesozoic fauna that are Triassic, Jurassic and/or Cretaceous by age, fire-breathing dragons and half-lion, half eagle griffins, rugged, beautiful landscapes and primeval forests, and modern urban cityscapes with fantastic trappings.

Eventually, with the help of Mikaela, Daphne and Daphne’s estranged boy genius brother Odysseus (Dexter) who has a fully equipped secret lab beneath the mountains, Lilimaia fully understood that she must accept the responsibility of her destiny. And so, with her mind and body sharply honed, Lilimaia returns home a woman as mighty, brave and noble a warrior as she is young, fair and beautiful a maiden (sort of like the legendary Mulan), and ready to vanquish Mandark and his evil forces and end Mandark’s attempts of conquest and enslavement of her world as well as to end Mandark’s evil reign. And with the help of Lilimaia’s friends and Daphne’s brother, Lilimaia finally managed to defeat Mandark and assume the throne that is rightfully hers.

The Princess of Shangara is going to be epic, awesome, good, great, and even cool, just like if not even more so than Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip and Samurai Jack, or would it?