Life as McDull (2001)
Hong Kong's favorite homegrown cartoon/comic character McDull made the
leap to the silver screen in director Toe Yuen's 2001 theatrical version
My Life as McDull. The brainchild of writer Brian Tse and cartoonist
Alice Mak, the little piglet born in a grass root family endears himself
to readers and audiences with his cute look and good-natured character.
There's more to McDull's charm, as the humorous stories, witty dialogs,
and references to the life, culture, and familiar settings in Hong Kong,
mean that even adults can find much to enjoy in this franchise. With
stars Jan Lamb, Sandra Ng, and Anthony Wong lending their voices, McDull's
biography, his dreams, and his world are vividly brought to life in
this animated film, which has won numerous accolades from Hong Kong
Film Awards, Golden Horse Awards, and other notable film awards around
McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)
The second McDull movie after My Life as McDull, McDull, Prince de la
Bun is a satirical allegory of life and change in Hong Kong society.
Travelling back to Hong Kong in the 1960s, the animation provides photo-realistic
drawings to depict an old Hong Kong that has since faded away. The film
is voiced by some wonderful talent, including Andy Lau, Anthony Wong,
and Sandra Ng.
McDull Kung Fu Ding Ding Dong (2009)
The third animated McDull film, McDull Kung Fu Ding Ding Dong makes
the sojourn to China where things are much different and yet the same
for young McDull, now a bumbling martial arts apprentice. Directed by
Brian Tse, who wrote and produced the previous two features, the film
again champions the bittersweet sentiments and humorous mix of juvenile
jokes and spot-on satire that have endeared McDull to not only children
but also adults. Running out of ideas in Hong Kong, Mrs. Mak decides
to try her luck in China. She leaves McDull at a martial arts boarding
school on the famous Mt. Wudang, where he makes new friends, gets in
trouble, and learns Tai Chi very very slowly.