Though it came out a few years past Disney's golden years/reniassance/pre-Pocahontas non-suckiness, Mulan has remained a favorite for a reason. It's a fun fable that manages to balance gender issues in wartime while also delivering delightful hijinks care of a trio of swarthy underdogs and a tolerable Eddie Murphy. Plus the songs are just the best; not even Jackie Chan can ruin them.
On top of that, Mulan also has one of the most interesting romances in any Disney cartoon.
Superficially, you could read Mulan and Captain Li Shang's courtship as a cute case of mistaken identity, like the time you accidentally hugged a stranger from behind because they were wearing the same windbreaker as your mom. The movie is coy about their budding romance for the most part, as most of the cast are deaf to the blaring irony airhorn that is the number that demands Mulan "Be a Man." As Ping, Mulan tiptoes through several awkward situations to earn Shang's trust and respect, all the while developing a monster crush on the guy.
And then Shang discovers the truth.
Shang is not just pissed, he's livid. The reason he gives is because he was betrayed by Mulan, who we all know disguised herself as a man to save her injured father from serving and definitely dying in the war. But Shang does everything but stop short of killing Mulan, not out of duty -- but because he's heartbroken. Shang had fallen in love with Ping on the grounds that he was a dude. After learning that his love didn't have the pair he was looking for, Shang's shame got the better of him, and he took it out on Mulan.
Why else was he the only male out of all the soldiers not to sing during "A Girl Worth Fighting For?"
At the end of the movie, Shang reconciles with Mulan and visits her at home, but fails to officialize the relationship with a kiss -- a rarity for Disney movies.
It comes down to basic math. Statistically, out of the dozens of characters in the Disney canon, some of them would have to be gay. It seems exceedingly likely that one of them is the guy that fell in love with a man.
We've talked about Kristoff's strange troll-orphan upbringing in the past, but we never got around to his hooved companion. Sven seems perfectly happy being Kristoff's loyal reindeer, provided that the carrot train keeps rolling. They're sort of like Aladdin and Abu, or Rapunzel and Pascal, or that bad guy from Pocahontas and his racist pug.
But Sven's friendship with his master takes on a darker light when you realize that Kristoff is probably wearing reindeer fur.
Here's a better look at the lining. The coloring definitely matches up. You might think it's a wolf pelt, but Kristoff is considered to be Sami, an indigineous Scandinavian people who happen to use reindeer fur in their traditional clothing. Basically, Kristoff orders his reindeer around while wearing the skin of his pet's species. Imagine you had a dog who wore a hairy human shank for a winter coat. It's more than a little morbid.
But it gets worse.
We know that Kristoff has been rockin' reindeer fur ever since he was a kid. The opening scene features a young Kristoff and an adorable plush-like Sven palling around with some ice miners. The weird thing is, the trolls adopt Kristoff, which means he was an orphan to begin with. We can assume as much for Sven, whose parents were probably killed by a hunter or even one of those ice miners. That would also explain where Kristoff got his reindeer gear.
Think about it: Why else would a reindeer warm to a child that was wearing the skin of its own species? Sven sticks with Kristoff because he's wearing the only thing that remains of his mother. It's okay to cry now. Feel, don't conceal.