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Disney's Mulan Animated Storybook successfully brings impressive Disney graphics and lively sound effects from the big screen to the computer. The title is not deceiving, but Mulan breaks with the model of earlier Disney Animated StoryBooks (like Lion King, 101 Damations, Pocahantas, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and increases the number of clickable activities while reducing the amount of storybook reading.
Mulan and Mushu, her humorous dragon-friend (with voice provided by Eddie Murphy), take the user through an ancient China setting to gather magic scrolls which reveal Mulan's story of honor. Clicking key words in the scrolls displays alternative words, like a thesaurus, or illustrates the word with an animated graphic. As each scroll is read and collected, the story unfolds and is augmented with various games and activities. Our young testers felt that the storybook was better understood after viewing Mulan, the film.
The games and activities in Mulan Animated Storybook do have some educational merit and try to challenge strategy and memory skills. Four different levels for most of the games allow users to advance as their skills improve. The activities, Mulan Animated Storybook's strong point, encourage creativity. For example, a Dressmaker offers children an opportunity to view and learn about ancient Chinese costumes while they dress Mulan or print out her clothing for the included Mulan paper doll. At the Imperial Storymaker, users can choose a background and create their own story with paint, stickers, and music. Older users can match their completed masterpiece with a story of their own.
Most users will also enjoy singing along to music from the film at the Imperial Storymaker. They can even sing karaoke style by themselves. Children will find the games entertaining because they are directly related to the film. Some of the games allow them to play along with a friend or against a character in the story
PC: Windows95, Pentium 90 or faster cpu, 20 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color VESA, PCI or other local bus video, 4X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Windows compatible sound cardreturn to top of page
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