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10 Incredible Dragons We'd Like to Meet (or Run From)


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Mushu
Dragon statues like this one, which stands outside the Summer Palace in Beijing, China, were likely part of the design inspiration for Mushu.
Dragon statues like this one, which stands outside the Summer Palace in Beijing, China, were likely part of the design inspiration for Mushu.
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In the 1998 Disney animated film "Mulan," a diminutive dragon named Mushu is given an assignment by the ancestors of a poor but dignified Chinese peasant: Watch over the peasant's headstrong daughter, Mulan. And, because Mulan has disguised herself as a male warrior and run away to join the Imperial army to battle invading Huns in her aging father's place, that's no easy task for this little guy [source: Disney]. Unlike airplane-sized Western dragons known for their bad tempers, Mushu is a raccoon-sized dragon that is protective and good-humored. In the end, he helps Mulan restore honor to her family and save the empire.


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