Master Q: Incredible Pet Detective
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by To Kwok Wai.

The beloved character Master Q returns in a full length animated movie. Like many Hong Kong comedies, it's a creative pastiche of Hollywood ideas, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and the Matrix, complete with a "bullet time" parody. The story is about a latchkey kid and his annoying younger sister, who becomes withdrawn from the world and just plays video games all the time. They eventually get sucked in to a video game, and have to find their way out with the help of Master Q, Potato, Mr. Chun, and their dog. There are a few scenes that take place on Hong Kong streets and it is fun to see Hong Kong animated, but not as much fun as it was in last year's McDull movie. The movie is well animated, comparable to a middling Japanese effort, but the story is dull and there is more high-pitched whining and screaming than actual dialog in the film, making the ending a welcome relief. Chapman To provides the voice for Master Q, Eric Tsang the voice for Potato. To give you an idea of how annoyingly whiny the movie is, note that these two actors have the least annoying voices in the entire production.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on August 17, 2004.

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