McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)

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Hong Kong’s lovable pig learns about his father in the second of his film franchise, which is cute and funny and features an ensemble voice cast.

McDull’s hometown is rapidly changing due to the change in the economy. As the older buildings are slowly coming down, Mrs. McBing finds herself dealing with the various changes by buying insurance policies, U.S. dollars, gold, and plenty of toilet paper. McDull also learns he has a quirk where when things are told in lists, he begins to rapidly shake. Mrs. McBing tells McDull that the quirk comes from the father he never knew.

When inspired to tell a story, Mrs. McBing finally tells her son the story of his father. McBing was a promising young man who had a dream. That dream is to become the Pineapple Bun Prince. When he met the future Mrs. McBing, things were looking up for him. However, his constant dreaming has led him to do the unthinkable and that was to leave his wife and child so he can live his dream. Faced with the reality that McBing has an obsession to live in the past and his mother has an obsession to live in the future, McDull decides to live in the now and take things one day at a time.

When My Life as McDull came out in 2001, the story of a young piglet in the vast changing modernizing economy of Hong Kong was amazingly cute and was a nice combination of hand-drawn animation and computer imagery for the city’s backgrounds. In some ways, the design of the animation can be said to be trendsetting. This follow-up to the original is quite and yet tackles some real issues not only in Hong Kong, but life in general.

Lee Wing-Yan narrates the film as the adult McDull while Chet Lam voices the young McDull and it’ quite funny when in a scene where our hero is at a local restaurant and he’s a bit upset apparently at the price of an item he refers to it not only as “bull[censored]” but enunciates it as “bull’s [censored]”, which had me laughing. Sandra Ng is also great as the voice of Mrs. McBing, who becomes obsessed with ensuring her financial future due to the changing economic climate in Hong Kong. A big surprise is Andy Lau, who voices Mr. McBing in the film’s many flashback sequences, where we see him go from happy family man to delusional Pineapple Bun Prince, who risks everything to achieve his dream, most notably abandoning his family.

The story of McDull learning the truth about his father and the economic climate in Hong Kong seems quite fascinating because of the fact that real-life issues are tackled in a children’s film. In some ways, they can say to be quite an interesting aspect of real-life Hong Kong, even when it comes Mrs. McBing being the type of character who is like any parent who will do what it takes to ensure the safety of not only their children, but themselves in the long run. Mrs. McBing is the perfect example of a parent who makes sacrifices for the sake of their children, no matter how crazy it can seem.

McDull, Prince de la Bun is a cute look at some real-life issues with a great voice cast and kudos especially to Sandra Ng as Mrs. McBing, who clearly sets an example as a parental character.

WFG RATING: B+

Bliss Pictures Limited present a lunchtime production. Director: Toe Yuen. Producer: Brian Tse. Writer: Brian Tse; based on the characters and original story by Tse and Alice Mak. Editing: Lee Chun-Man, Toe Yuen, and Brian Tse.

Voice Cast: Sandra Ng, Anthony Wong, Chet Lam, Lee Wing-Yin, May Che, Jan Lamb, Cedric Chan, Tsai Cheng-Nan, Dejay Choi, Michael Girard.

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