Mulan is the Disney princess who saved China and we will forever be grateful. No dishonor on you or your cow today.
However, we just couldn’t get this fan theory out of our heads. You remember that time when Mushu was trying to wake up the Great Stone Dragon to accompany Mulan in her journey?
What if, Mulan WAS the spirit of the Great Stone Dragon?
There was a part where Mulan was sitting in the rain, watching her parents’ silhouette disappear as the candle was blown out. Afterwards, she went inside the family temple to light a match and bow in respect.
She sneaked into her parents’ room to get the summons scroll in exchange for her hair brooch.
The Marvelous Martian‘s Tumblr blog tells that there is more to tell in the scene were she pulled the sword out and cut her hair.
It says in the post:
Mulan sits in the rain underneath the statue of the Great Stone Dragon (who is looking down on her), and suddenly decides on a course of action. She looks up, resolved to go to war in place of her father and runs into the temple where she lights the match and beseeches protection for her family. The stone she bows to and that we see lit up by lightening strike is that of the dragon, whose eyes are looking out after her, lit from underneath by the candles. The scene transitions to the divider in the house that also has an icon of the dragon. where she replaces her hair comb with the summons. Then we see the sword hilt, also the dragon, and as she draws the blade we see her face replace it. She ties up her hair, then as she opens the wardrobe, the handles are also the dragon. After donning the armor, the view shows her facing us, with the hilt of the sword (the face of the dragon) in front of her face, where she then turns the sword to reveal her face, and sheaths it. As she leaves, we flash back to the temple, and the eyes of the dragon flash as her grandmother wakes up.
The Great Stone Dragon resides within her. She is the protector of the family.
“After this explanation, the scene where Mushu cannot wake up the stone dragon makes so much more sense. I appreciate the symbolism so much more,” the post added. “I noticed the dragon but didn’t notice she was constantly juxtaposed with the dragon!”