McDull, Prince de la Bun is a 2004 animated Hong Kong film directed by Yuen Toe. Telling the life a the fictional pig McDull, it is a sequel to My Life as McDull (2001) and it was followed by McDull, the Alumni (2006).
Firstly, please don't judge this movie by its poster - its not what you thought.
Secondly, please don't rate unless you've done watching it, thank you :)
Prince De La Bun, which is a sequel to the character Mcdull, this title may sound nonsense to you - in fact, it is a parody(and mixture) for the story "Little Prince" and a classic Hong Kong food (So called Bor-Lor-Yao, looks like a Japanese melon bun with a slice of butter in it) Ok that's the background, now start the review.
It is not suitable for children, though it does content a few well-planned jokes(Mainly HongKonger oriented). The story
itself has a gloomy atmosphere as it goes on, full of desperate, as the director wanted to show the contrary between fairy tales(the world in Prince De La Bun's eyes) and the cruel reality. Characters in this movie are so realistic that they're no way graceful and no way a hero - yet they had their own not-so-graceful ways to live on. And more importantly it brought out a message, the Prince(which actually is Mcdull's father) lives in the past as he missed his good old days, and Mcdull's mother as an opposition, she lives in the future, spending all day long planning her "future".
Only their poor son, lives in the present and cherish it. The movie itself contains more which I didn't plan to state it all here, it is deep, darkened and thoughtful, definitely not a children movie though. (I watched it when I was still a kid, and I felt somehow depressed)
The art is very appealing. It mixed with several media including photos, 3D techniques, plain pencil drawing etc. to show different feelings in different scenes. Sometimes it is really Western alike and dreamy (while is is describing the Prince's good old days), but sometimes you would just see flocks of buildings at the background - which representing the no-so-pretty side of Hong Kong and the no way romantic society. You would never get bored with arts in this movie.
It made good use of classical music. Yes, most of its background music are classical music from famous composers. They match very well with each particular scene in the movie (some of them are even written with lyrics to sing with) - you will find familiar but it takes a few seconds for us to figure out what it actually is. Lastly, its original music are really good as well, all are preformed by famous artists from Hong Kong, in addition.
The three main characters, father, mother and son are well created, but that's all. Other background characters didn't have much chance to develop themselves and shine in the movie. And I have to admit that, I'm not so satisfied with the character's appearance and drawing style - seems a little bit - dull to me. Just me may be. Anyway maybe they make it dull for the concept Mc"DULL".
It does help one to help and understand life (cherish it as well). And its jokes are really laughable as a local HongKonger :)
However, as I mentioned above, I felt depressed after first watched the movie, for that I deducted some marks for this masterpiece...and for I'm in MAL(An English oriented site, I need to be neutral, the enjoyment for none HongKonger is not that great. (It bothers sometimes, even Chinese that live in the Mainland failed to understand all jokes it contains)
Undoubtely a good movie I reccomand to watch. But I have to warn you, it contains tons of Hong Kong's culture and MAY sound boring to some of you(Oh, of course, it might be interesting for you guys as well!)
Remember, it tells jokes, but it's not a children movie, its an adult one with deep thoughts. And if it didn't please you, its neither your or its fault, blame the culture gap, enjoy :D