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My Life as McDull (2001)

Mak Dau goo si (original title)
McDull is not the brightest kid on the block, but he continuously tries to do his best to please his mother. Still it seems he may not be destined for great things like she wishes, but McDull strives to try anyway.

Director:

Toe Yuen

Writers:

Alice Mak (comic), Alice Mak | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Principal / Logan (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Lamb ... McDull (Adult) (voice)
Sandra Kwan Yue Ng ... Mrs. McDull (voice)
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Storyline

McDull is not the brightest kid on the block, but he continuously tries to do his best to please his mother. Still it seems he may not be destined for great things like she wishes, but McDull strives to try anyway.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

15 December 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life as McDull See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bliss Picture Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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McDull: So mother has been using the dictionary? But why is she writing in English? The letter is short. Mother must have translated it word by word. I use the machine to turn it back into Chinese. It is addressed to the Olympic Committee Chairman. "Dear Chairman: How are you? I am fine. You like bun? I like bun! We Hong Kong people here love bun. Buns of all sort. Dear friend, it is important to snatch buns. It is a game, no joke. One needs energy, and many night congee. In my stupid opinion... ...
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A wonderfully strange, sad film.
10 December 2004 | by sharits_ghostSee all my reviews

Visually, "My Life as McDull" is extremely innovative, blending 3D computer animation with 2D images and even live action. The film's dialogue and events are also fascinatingly idiosyncratic.

McDull is, true to his name, dull-witted, but the authority figures who govern him--his mother, the headmaster, his teacher, his bun-snatching coach--are all incompetent and selfish. The film sharply criticizes the assumption that adults are smarter and superior to children, yet its oddness keeps it from ever becoming preachy.

Consider the narration by the adult McDull. He may be smarter than his childhood self, but he regrets what he's learned, speaking mainly about how unhappy he is. "My Life as McDull" is as perceptive in its portrayal of childhood and aging as any film I've seen.


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