Movies by the Pond: "Mulan"


President Bush held many positions of public service, including his role as Chief of the U.S. Liaison’s office in the People’s Republic of China from 1974-1975. Both he and Mrs. Bush hold their years in China as very near and dear to their hearts. They loved the people they met and the culture they experienced. To commemorate their service there, the second edition of our 2015 Summer Film Series will be Disney’s “Mulan.”

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her feeble and somewhat elderly father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Know that he would never survive the rigors of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and try to prevent it by calling the “Great Stone Dragon” to protect her. Instead of the Great Stone Dragon, however, they send a tiny disgraced dragon named Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. Produced by Disney in 1998, “Mulan” is 88 minutes long and is rated G.

(Note to parents: A PG rating would probably be more fitting as there is quite a bit of war-related action, though it has been tamed considerably for children.)

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as we enjoy this film under the stars by the presidential pond. Games and free refreshments will begin at 7 p.m., and the movie will start after sundown.

For more information call (979) 691-4014, email to, or register by clicking the link below.


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