2012: Year of the Dragon
By Noelene Clark and Patrick Kevin Day
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'Mulan' (1998)( 'Walt Disney Pictures' )
Nomen Draconis: Mushu, an ex-guardian for Fa Mulan's family
Friend or foe? Friend. Mushu helps Mulan keep up her disguise as a man in the imperial army when she enlists in place of her injured father. For a pint-sized dragon, Mushu has a big mouth and a meddlesome nature, but he comes through for Mulan when it counts and gets reinstated as a full-fledged Fa family guardian.
Scaly skills: Gong-ringing, cooking, snappy one-liners and sweet-talking, fire-breathing in an emergency, general moral support and cheerleading.