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10 Chinese Dubbed Disney Movies for Learners: Study with Evil Stepmothers, Trolls and Warriors

Here’s a fun little language learning secret.

You can actually learn a new language by watching some of your favorite Disney movies.

Don’t think so?

By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know exactly how.

Promise.
 


 

So, Why Disney Movies?

Despite all of the movies on this list being targeted towards younger viewers, they’re still family friendly, meaning that each has something to offer viewers of all ages. Disney movies are perfect for children, but adults can have fun watching these movies too. More adult humor is often slipped into these films to keep parents entertained.

And, of course, these movies are especially great for learners who have already seen them before when they were younger and want to experience some nostalgic moments.

Disney movies can be great resources for learning languages because they’re insanely popular worldwide, so many of them have dubbed versions in dozens of different languages (including Mandarin). Luckily, Chinese dubbed Disney movies are super easy to find.

Where does learning Mandarin come in? 

Included in this article are tons of words that viewers will encounter throughout the films. Since each movie on this list is unique and original, you’ll learn words in Mandarin on a variety of topics ranging from animals to emotions to places around the world.

The best way to enhance your Mandarin vocabulary is to write these words down (or print this article) and keep them close so, when you watch the movies, you’ll already have a prepared vocabulary sheet to study from.

It’s also a good idea to watch the movies a few times as repetition is the key to having words stick. If you don’t want to continuously watch the movies repeatedly from start to finish, then just re-watch your favorite parts or replay some of the songs.

For other helpful tips on how to learn Chinese by watching movies, check out this link.

If you need help with pronunciation then here’s a website that can help you.

Now let’s continue on to the list shall we?

Without further ado, here are 10 popular Disney movies dubbed in Mandarin that can be enjoyed by Chinese learners of all ages. Will your Disney favorite be on this list?

10 Chinese Dubbed Disney Movies for Learners: Study with Evil Stepmothers, Trolls and Warriors

1. 玩具总动员 (Wán Jù Zǒng Dòng Yuán)

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English Translation: Toy Mobilization

English Title: “Toy Story”

The “Toy Story” trilogy is a worldwide box office success and is one of Pixar’s best-selling movie franchises to date. There’s even talk that a fourth installment is in the works. There are Chinese dubs for all three “Toy Story” movies, but only the first film is on this list. Why? Because the first movie in a series is always the best, that’s why. Of course, if you love the learning experience you get with the first movie, keep on rolling through the next two in Chinese as well!

“Toy Story” is about a little boy, Andy, who—after finding out from his mother that they’re moving on his birthday—is having his birthday party a week earlier than planned. However, viewers will quickly find out that Andy isn’t the main focus of his story. His toys are.

See, Andy lives in a world where toys can come to life and go on adventures. Most of their escapades are led by Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy and Andy’s favorite. Life soon changes for Woody after Andy receives a new toy for his birthday: action figure space cadet Buzz Lightyear.

Buzz quickly starts to become Andy’s new favorite, leaving Woody to feel left out and jealous. In a sporadic turn of events, both Woody and Buzz Lightyear find themselves in a tough situation that forces them to get along so that they can return home to Andy in time before moving day.

Start out by watching the famously heartwarming intro song for the movie (in Mandarin Chinese): “You Got A Friend in Me”

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Toy — wán

Story —  shì

Cowboy — niú zǎi

Birthday — shēng

Party — jù huì or huì

Birthday Party — shēng rì huì

Action Figure — wán’ǒu

(Outer) Space — tài kōng

Cadet — rù wǔ shēng or jiàn xí shēng

Favorite — zuì ài or ài

Friend — péng you

Room — fáng jiān or simply fáng

Pizza — 

Planet — xīng qiú

Pizza Planet —  xīng qiú

Moving Day — Dòng Tiān

2. 小美人鱼 (Xiǎo Měi Rén Yú)

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English Title: “The Little Mermaid”

“The Little Mermaid” is based on a Danish fairy tale and is very popular among children—especially little girls. It focuses on Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess who’s tired of life under the sea and wishes to be on land with humans despite all contact between humans and merpeople being forbidden.

After rescuing a young human named Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel falls in love with him and makes a deal with Ursula the Sea Witch to become human for three days and hopefully reunite with Eric.

Unfortunately, receiving the benefits of this “spell” also means she has to forfeit her voice to the sea witch. The only way to break the spell? Receiving true love’s first kiss before her days as a human are up.

Try watching this awesome musical number from the movie in Mandarin Chinese: “Part of Your World”

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Little — xiǎo

Mermaid — měi rén

Human; Person; People — rén

Sea — hǎi

Sea Witch — hăi wū pó

Spell — zhòu

True Love — zhēn zhèng de ài qíng

Kiss — wěn

Land — 

World — shì jiè

Prince — wáng zǐ

Marriage/Wedding — hūn

3. 木兰 (Mùlán)

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English Title: “Mulan”

Based on an ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan (花木兰 – huā mù lán). “Mulan” tells the story of the eponymous heroine who wants to make her father proud by secretly taking his place in a war against the Huns disguised as a man. Mulan soon finds out though that being a man is a lot harder than she thought.

“Mulan” appeals to one and all, as it’s filled with action, adventure and even a little bit of romance at the end. It’s a real crowd favorite. Oh, and there are quite a few excellent musical numbers. For starters, check out this Mandarin Chinese rendition of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.” Then try this Bonus Live Action Video—it has Jackie Chan singing!

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

China — Zhōng Guó

Dragon — lóng

Guardian — wèi shì

Warrior — zhàn shì

To Train — liàn

Ancestor — zǔ xiān

Honor — róng

Man — rén

Heart — xīn zàng or xīn

Luck — xìng yùn or yùn

Because “Mulan” focuses on Chinese people, most, if not all, of the characters’ names are in Chinese. Here are their names as well as their meanings:

Mulan — Magnolia

Mu — wood

Lan — orchid

Hua — flower

Ping — pot

Hua Ping — flower pot

Mushu — a Chinese dish of stir-fried vegetables, egg, and usually meat or fish all wrapped together in a thin pancake

Li Shang — to soar

Li — plum (surname) beautiful (first name)

Yao — high, eminent, or lofty

Ling — peace, serenity, tranquility

Chien-Po — gold, metal, wealth, treasure, respectable, honorable

Chi Fu — to bully

Xiao Di — Little Brother

4. 入迷 (Rù Mí)

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English Title: “Enchanted”

Disney’s “Enchanted” both honors and parodies old Disney animated classics with clever references to its previous works. It’s a unique film that combines old school 2D animation, live-action and CGI to bring out the in kid you. It really lets you ponder the question: What if there actually were a portal between the normal world and a fairy tale world?

In a fictional world known as Andalasia, Princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen to Manhattan. Luckily, she’s taken in by a divorce lawyer named Robert who realizes that she has no clue how to survive in the real world.

After getting to know each other, Giselle and Robert start to fall in love, much to the delight of Robert’s young daughter. Conflict arises after Prince Edward from Andalasia comes to rescue her from the queen who now wants her dead.

Sample the magic of this movie by watching the “Happy Working Song” in Mandarin Chinese. It’s bound to win your heart!

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Enchanted — xīn zuì or rù mí

Fairy Tale — shén huà or tóng huà gù shì

Chipmunk — lì shǔ or huā lì shǔ

Princess — gōng zhǔ

Portal — mén hù or zhèng mén

New York City — Niǔ Yuē Shì

Times Square — shí dài guǎng chǎng

Henchman — jiā chén or gēn zōng zhě

Work — gōng zuò

Song —  or

Fiancé — wèi hūn fū

Fiancée — wèi hūn qī

Divorce — lí hūn

Lawyer —  shī

5. 美女和野兽 (Měi Nǚ hé Yě Shòu)

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English Title: “Beauty and the Beast”

“Beauty and the Beast” is truly a classic film. It was the first of its kind to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It’s a charming love story between a beautiful woman named Belle and a mysterious, cold-hearted Beast.

The Beast lives alone in his castle with only his servants to keep him company. However, he wasn’t always a beast. He became one after being cursed by an enchantress who he refused to let stay in his castle one night—and, to boot, all of his servants were turned into kitchen utensils and appliances. Belle is a young woman who’s a bibliophile and proud nonconformist. She seeks adventure in her life but is shunned by all in her village except for her father, inventor Maurice.

When Maurice is held prisoner by The Beast for unknowingly trespassing in his castle, Belle goes to The Beast’s castle to rescue him and offer herself in her father’s place. The two eventually fall in love once Belle (with the encouragement of The Beast’s servants) starts to bring him out of his shell, but their love is thwarted by a cocky egotistical man named Gaston who wants to claim Belle as his bride.

Take a quick break to warm your heart by watching the Mandarin Chinese version of “Tale As Old As Time.”

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Beauty — měi rén or

Beast —  shòu

Bibliophile — cáng shū jiā

Curse — zhòu

Castle — chéng bǎo

Servant —  rén or

Candlestick — zhú tái

Clock — shí zhōng

Teapot — chá

Teacup — chá wǎn

Stove — 

6. 101斑点狗 (101 Bān Diǎn Gǒu)

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English Title: “101 Dalmatians”

Set in London, England, “101 Dalmatians” begins with a glimpse inside of the lives of a songwriter named Roger Ratcliffe and his Dalmatian companion, Pongo, who are both tired of being bachelors. One day, Pongo decides to play matchmaker for himself and his owner by introducing Roger to a woman named Anita and her female Dalmatian, Perdita.

Soon enough, both pairs fall in love. Roger and Anita marry while Pongo and Perdita become mates and have a litter of fifteen puppies. Life is swell for the family until Anita’s former schoolmate, famous fashion designer Cruella de Vil, decides that she wants to purchase the puppies to use their fur as material for her fur coats.

You can hear all about her wickedness in the Mandarin Chinese version of the song “Cruella De Vil.”

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

101 — yī bǎi líng yī

London — Lún Dūn

England — Yīng Guó

Animal — dòng wù

Dog — gǒu

Mate — bàn lǚ or pèi’ǒu

Dalmatian — dá’ěr mǎ tí yà

Litter — tāi

Fifteen — shí

Puppy — xiǎo gǒu

Bark — gǒu fèi

Fur or Fur Coat — qiú

7. 白雪公主和七个小矮人 (Bái Xuě Gōng Zhǔ hé Qī Gè Xiǎo Ǎi Rén)

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English Title: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the first ever feature-length film belonging to Walt Disney Animated Classics. This film also features the first official Disney Princess: Snow White.

The movie is about an evil, unnamed queen who’s jealous of her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow White. Inspired by this jealousy, the queen schemes to secretly have Snow White murdered. Little does the wicked woman know that Snow White is still alive and well, living in a cottage with seven silly little men known as the seven dwarfs.

When the Queen discovers this, she attempts to kill her once again by poisoning Snow White with a poison apple. Instead of killing her, she puts her in comatose-like state. How will Snow White reawaken? Watch the movie and find out (and learn some Mandarin while you’re at it).

Get a taste of the enchantment with the Mandarin Chinese versions of two sweet songs: “I’m Wishing” and “One Song.”

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Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Snow — xuě

White — bái

Seven — 

Dwarfs — ǎi rén or ǎi

Cottage — can be a variety of words: , ān, xiǎo wū, cūn shè or máo shè

Evil — xié è

Queen —  wáng

Magic —  shù

Mirror — jìng zi or jìng

Poison — 

Apple — píng guǒ

Here are the names of the Seven Dwarfs. You can find their names in other languages too on this website.

Doc — Wàn Shì Tōng

Grumpy — Ài Shēng Qì

Sleepy — Kē Shuì Chóng

Bashful — Hài Xiū Guǐ

Happy — Kāi Xīn Guǒ

Sneezy — Pēn Tì Jīng

Dopey — Hú Tú Dàn

8. 海底总动员 (Hǎi Dǐ Zǒng Dòng Yuán)

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English Translation: Undersea Mobilization

English Title: “Finding Nemo”

After a young clownfish named Nemo is kidnapped while on a school trip, his father, Marlin, goes on a long journey to find and rescue him.

To reach his son, he’ll have to escape from sharks and anglerfish, navigate his way through gigantic jellyfish herds, ride the ocean currents with sea turtles, explore the inside of a whale and even hitch a ride inside of a pelican’s mouth. Luckily, he bumps into a forgetful but gregarious new friend along the way who helps him through these challenges.

Meanwhile, Nemo ends up in a dentist office’s fish tank where he befriends the other fish tank inhabitants who are planning their escape to the ocean.

Take a peek at all these underwater adventures by watching this clip from the Mandarin Chinese dub.

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Fish — 

Sea Turtle — hăi guī

Coral Reef — shān hú jiāo

School — xué xiào

Shark — shā yú or shā

Whale — jīng or jīng

Jellyfish — shuǐ or zhé

Shrimp — fén or xiā

Starfish (or Sea Star) — hǎi xīng

Sydney — xīní

Australia — ào

Boat — chuán

Dentist — yákē yī shēng

Fish Tank — yǎng yú gāng or yú gāng

9. 狮子王 (Shī Zi Wáng)

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English Title: “The Lion King”

Based on the Shakespearean classic “Hamlet,” “The Lion King” tells the tale of a lion cub named Simba who, after the death of his father, King Mufasa, is chased out of his homeland, Pride Rock, and left for dead. Fortunately, he’s saved by a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa, who quickly become his guardians and best friends.

Time passes and Simba, who’s now an adult, continues to enjoy his peaceful life with his pals until his old friend Nala tells him that his home is in ruins thanks to his Uncle Scar. She tells him that he needs to return because he’s the rightful king. Now it’s up to Simba to come to terms with his past, remember who he is and confront his ruthless uncle to take back the throne.

You already know it and love it, now watch the song “Hakuna Matata” in Mandarin Chinese to start learning!

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Lion — shī zi

King — guó wáng or wáng

Circle of Life — shēng huó quān zi

Circle — quān zi or quān

Life — shēng huó

Pride — zì háo gǎn

Rock — yán shí or shí

Lion Cub — xiǎo shī zi

Scar —  hén

Stampede — jǐtà

Cub — yòu shòu

Meerkat — hú měng

Warthog — yóu zhū

Hyena — liè gǒu

10. 狐狸与猎狗 (Hú Lí yǔ Liè Gǒu)

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English Title: “The Fox and the Hound”

When an orphaned fox named Tod is taken in by a widow, he encounters a hound named Copper and they quickly become the best of friends, despite foxes and hunting hounds being natural enemies.

Their sacred bond is tested when they both become full grown and Tod is released into the wild and is blamed for the injury of Chief, an old hunting dog and a comrade of Copper’s. A very touching story with a satisfying ending that’s relatable to children and adults alike.

To feel the friendship, watch the song “Best of Friends” in Mandarin Chinese.

Helpful Words to Know While You Watch

Fox — hú li or hú

Widow — guǎ

To Adopt (child or animal) — rèn yǎng

Hound — liè quǎn

Woodpecker — zhuó niǎo

To Play — wán

Best Friend — zuì zhēn chéng de péng you

Hunt — shòu liè

Owl — māo tóu yīng

Wild — wèi ěr dé

Forest — sēn lín

Woods — shù lín

Tree — shù

(Animal) Den — shòu xué

Gun — qiāng

Waterfall — 

 

There you have it. The ultimate Chinese Dubbed Disney movie list, jam-packed with vocabulary words! Hopefully this article gave you the confidence and resources you need to get started.

Of course, there are plenty of other Disney movies not mentioned on this list, so if your favorite isn’t on here, be sure to check online to see if there’s a Chinese Dub for it.

Besides watching Disney movies, you can also teach yourself Mandarin in other creative ways too, like watching certain movies on Netflix.

Oh, and there are plenty more great animated film clips, cartoons and musical numbers available through FluentU Chinese—and you can now choose to learn with this video content via the website or app! Give it a try for free, you won’t regret it.

Good luck on learning a new language!
 


 

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