麥兜,菠蘿油王子
McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)


Reviewed by: calros
Date: 04/30/2007
Summary: One of the best animation movies from Hong Kong

You must watch this movie without prejudices and you will have a wonderful time as you enter in the surrealistic world of its authors, the world around this little pig who is witness of the fall of a Hong Kong city while everybody is dancing cha-cha-cha. The whole movie is a bag plenty of nice sketches (unfortunately too disperse indeed, this is its biggest handicap), most of them plenty of surrealistic imagination, and luckily the director has known how to merge traditional and computer animation to bring these ideas to life. Between the countless masterly scenes I can point out the youth of McDull's mother in a doll factory, the rare illness of McDull and the visit to the doctor, the city traffic and its gradual change to a medieval county and many, many more. I had not one second of boredom watching these nice sketches.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Dhugal
Date: 09/03/2004

Toe Yuen’s sequel to Hong Kong’s most successful animated franchise has been eagerly awaited. In the 3 years since McDull graced the silver screen in The Story of McDull, McDull has exploded into books, onto television, mugs, greeting cards and, yes, the inevitable sticky plaster.
Now he’s back in the Yellow Bus team’s first of two planned sequels to the cartoon with something for kids and adult audiences ready to laugh it up with the cute little piggy at the government’s expense with thinly veiled mockery of HKSAR political policies.
The Story (which is, typically of HK movies, extremely loose) revolves around McDull’s housing estate being demolished (by a huge laser spewing Urban Renewal robot). In order to attempt to secure a future for herself and her family, Mrs. Mc is buying up insurance policies, U.S. dollars, gold, toilet paper and a grave spot with good Feng Shui. McDull’s father however, has abandoned interest in reality and has run off in search of fantasy and delusions of grandeur of being The Pineapple Bun Prince, master of one of Hong Kong’s most popular bread snacks.
Adults will be amused to watch numerous government policies being taken to the cleaners (like the Mandarin learning scheme, education and housing policy), while kids will find enjoyment in the classroom jokes and drama as McDull searches for direction as his two parents struggle to find space for survival in an unforgiving, barmy Hong Kong. It’s hard to come by; a Hong Kong movie which shows Hong Kong as it really is…