My Life as McDull
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Yuen Kin-to.

Here, at last, is an animated film, Hong Kong style. Based on a popular Hong Kong cartoon series, McDull has a firm sense of place unmatched in any animated film I've ever seen before. It is Hong Kong, it's concerns those of Hong Kong residents. McDull is the story of a young pig, raised by his single mom in the city. Not especially bright, not especially gifted, but filled with hope. A number of different animation styles are mixed together to present different episodes of McDull's life from his birth, to a trip to the Maldives, to a special turkey dinner, and lobbying for bun-snatching to become an olympic event. It is a bittersweet tale of hope, and resignation, and hope, and resignation, narrated by McDull as a grown up, which unfortunately does not reach a conclusion, but rather simply and clumsily ends. The journey up until that point is well worth taking, though, and I look forward, with hope, to more McDull movies in the future.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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