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Grandmother Fa is a supporting character from Disney's 1998 animated feature film, Mulan.

Background

As her name suggests, she is presumably the paternal grandmother of Fa Mulan (the mother of Mulan's father, Fa Zhou). She is fairly elderly, with white hair. However, she appears to be spunky and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She seems to be well versed in Chinese traditions.

According to the film directors, as the (currently) oldest living member of the Fa family, she has a connection with the ancestors (despite her dismissive attitude towards them "for being dead").

Appearances

Mulan

Grandmother Fa first appears in town waiting on the tardy Mulan alongside Fa Li. When Fa Li laments that she "should have prayed to the Ancestors for luck" (despite the fact that in real life, Chinese women during this time were never allowed to pray to the ancestors), Grandmother points out that they can't be that lucky as they are dead. She then reveals that she has purchased a lucky cricket, Cri-Kee. She tests out the cricket by crossing a busy road with her eyes closed ignoring Fa Li's pleads and causing chaos in the road.

While the women are preparing Mulan for her meeting with the Matchmaker, Grandmother provides Mulan with several items: a pendant, which supposedly helps balance, an apple for serenity and jade beads for beauty. She then places the cage with the cricket under the upper layer of Mulan's skirt. When the matchmaker reveals herself, Grandmother quietly takes note of the woman's unpleasant disposition.

When Chi-Fu arrives with conscription notices, Grandmother goes out with the adults, slyly pointing out to Mulan, who has been told to wait inside, that she can watch from the rooftop. When Fa Zhou accepts the conscription notice, she is saddened, as she knows that Fa Zhou will not survive the war due to his age and injuries. When Mulan argues with Fa Zhou telling her that he will learn her place just like he did causing Mulan to run in tears, Fa Zhou just ignores her and continue eating and Grandmother was saddened at this.

That night, she awakens after the family temple reacts to Mulan's disappearance. Grandmother alerts the rest of the family and prays to the ancestors to protect her.

Grandmother Fa's next appearance is at the end of the movie, when she complains that Mulan only brought home a sword, when she should've brought home a man. She is cut off by Li Shang, who has come looking for Mulan and she wordlessly points Mulan out to him. After he walks off, Grandmother notes Shang's good looks and asks Fa Li to sign her up for the next war. When Mulan invites Shang to dinner, Grandmother asks him to stay forever.

Mulan II

Grandmother Fa plays a smaller role in the sequel. She predicts Shang's proposal to Mulan. She would be the great-grandmother of Mulan and Shang's future kids.

House of Mouse

She was in the House of Mouse. In Ladies' Night, Grandma is seen whistling at Chip and Dale's performance. In Mickey vs. Shelby she makes a cameo walking in the club past Daisy's desk.

Gallery


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Mulan Logo
Media

Films: Mulan | Mulan II | Live-action film | Video
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First
Video games: Mulan (video game) | Kingdom Hearts II
Books: Classic Storybook | Graphic Novel | Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading
Music: Mulan (soundtrack) | Mulan II (soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Disney Animation Building | Fantasy Gardens | Garden of the Twelve Friends | It's a Small World | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Wishes | Disney in the Stars | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mulan, La Légende | The Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Plaza Inn
Parade: Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Mickey's Storybook Express | Mulan Parade

Characters

Original: Fa Mulan | Mushu | Cri-Kee | Li Shang | Yao, Ling and Chien Po | Chi-Fu | Shan Yu | General Li | Fa Zhou | Fa Li | Grandmother Fa | Fa Family Ancestors | The Emperor of China | The Matchmaker | Little Brother | Khan | Shang's Horse | Hayabusa the Falcon | Elite Hun Soldiers | Hun Army | Shang's Troops
Sequel: Sha-Ron | Ting-Ting, Su and Mei | Lord Qin

Songs

Original: Honor to Us All | Reflection | I'll Make a Man Out of You | A Girl Worth Fighting For | True To Your Heart
Sequel: Lesson Number One | Like Other Girls | Here Beside Me
Deleted songs: Keep 'em Guessing

Locations

China | Imperial City | Fa Family home | Village

See Also

Disney Renaissance | Sword of Shan Yu

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