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Hong Kong's favorite piglet McDull is back in McDull The Pork of Music! In his fourth feature film, the thickheaded, but adorable pig shows off his angelic voice as part of a choir formed to save Springfield Kindergarten. In true McDull style, creator Brian Tse blends irreverent humor with poignant observations about growing up, staying true to your dreams, and living a bittersweet life in the Fragrant Harbor. In addition to co-creator Alice Mak's cute animal characters, popular Hong Kong cartoonist Yeung Hok Tak joins the team with new character designs that offer the series a refreshing new look. Series regulars Sandra Ng, Anthony Wong, and The Pancakes also return to provide the voices of the beloved characters they've played for over a decade.
Affected by the financial tsunami, Springfield Kindergarten is in serious financial turmoil and in danger of closing down. Inspired by a dream, the Headmaster (Anthony Wong) decides to hold a fundraiser with the school's alumni. Despite the failure to raise any money, the Headmaster gets the idea to form a choir when someone notices his passion in teaching music to the children. The choir – led by McDull – becomes a huge success under the guidance of manager Big M (Ronald Cheng), winning awards and attracting attention from superstar Perfect Andy.
|Product Title:||McDull The Pork of Music (DVD-9) (China Version) 麥兜噹噹伴我心 (DVD-9) (中國版) 麦兜当当伴我心 (DVD-9) (中国版) 麥兜當當伴我心 (DVD-9) (中国版) McDull The Pork of Music (DVD-9) (China Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | Ronald Cheng | Zhang Zheng Zhong | the pancakes | Hu Ge | Xu Fei | Alice Mak | Yeung Hok Tak 黃 秋生 | 吳君如 | 鄭中基 | 張正中 | the pancakes | 胡歌 | 許飛 | 麥家碧 | 楊學德 黄 秋生 | 吴君如 | 郑中基 | 张正中 | the pancakes | 胡歌 | 许飞 | 麦家碧 | 杨学德 黄秋生 （アンソニー・ウォン） | 呉君如 （サンドラ・ン） | 鄭中基（ロナルド・チェン） | Zhang Zheng Zhong | the pancakes （ザ・パンケークス） | 胡歌（フー・ゴー） | 許飛（シュー・フェイ） | アリス・マク | Yeung Hok Tak Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | Ronald Cheng | Zhang Zheng Zhong | the pancakes | Hu Ge | Xu Fei | Alice Mak | Yeung Hok Tak|
|Director:||Brian Tse 謝立文 谢立文 ブライアン・ツェー Brian Tse|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||Qi Lu Yin Xiang Chu Ban She|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031531660|
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This professional review refers to The Pork Of Music (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
A new McDull movie is always welcome, though there are debits to McDull: The Pork of Music that make it a lesser entry in the series. The premise remains the same: McDull (voiced by Zhang Zhengzhong) is a dopey piglet who lives in Tai Kok Tsui with his pragmatic mom Mrs. Mak (voiced by Sandra Ng), and the filmmakers use this "everypig" to observe and satirize facets of Hong Kong life and culture. Some facets are enduring (Hong Kong-style cafes, preoccupation with bodily waste, the resilience of the lower class), some are new (skyrocketing property values, the current recession, local media figures). Some things, like Andy Lau, are everlasting. Pork of Music picks up in media res with McDull and his classmates (Fai, Goosie, May, Darby, name them all!) performing onstage at an Andy Lau (called "Perfect Andy" in the subs) concert, their little voices celebrating what must be the film’s third act triumph.
Nope. While the kids do perform with Perfect Andy late in the film, it's not their final triumph. First, the plot: Springfield Children’s Kindergarten is low on money, and the Principal (voiced by Anthony Wong) is looking for new funding. An alumni benefit fails (past students have graduated to glorious professions like butcher and debt collector) but the graduates turn out to be fine singers - and even the current students have great pipes, all thanks to the Principal's love of music and his lifelong coaching. Soon the kids are taking singing jobs to up the kindergarten cash flow, with a skeevy producer (voiced by Ronald Cheng) getting them their biggest gigs. What follows is more Hong Kong satire (some aimed at the music industry), plus a denouement that's as prosaic as it is affecting. Pork of Music's narrative doesn't break the mold; the story leans heavily towards that familiar "inspirational music teacher" subgenre, and the emotions elicited are expected.
This time out, the Principal appears to be the protagonist. He's seen everywhere in Hong Kong – hawking snacks, working security, teaching children - but he's not an everyman metaphor for all Hong Kongers as in previous McDull movies. Here, he's just a guy working multiple jobs to keep the kindergarten open, and his devotion comes off as sad but also inspiring. With the notable exception of McDull's crew, the character designs diverge from previous films. New cast member designs by local artist Yeung Hok-Tak are stylized and also a bit ugly. It makes for a jarring change, and the short animation cycles given to the newer characters make the animation appear cheap. Also, children may not find the gray and green-skinned characters appealing; the art sometimes makes McDull's world appear overrun by the sick and the undead. But there is a strong thematic reason for the designs (i.e., adulthood is not necessarily attractive), and even if kids don’t get the message, it should be understandable to their adult chaperones.
Despite their origin as illustrated children's books, the McDull films have never been just for kids. The cuddly character designs - that is, Alice Mak's original designs for McDull and company - appeal to a younger set but the themes and emotions are really for adults. One of the McDull films' hallmarks is the bittersweet celebration of ordinary life - e.g., the sad acknowledgement of failed dreams and adult compromises - and Pork of Music follows suit. That's not a message that will make kids happy. Adults may not be tickled with such downbeat themes either, especially if they’re used to Hollywood films where protagonists are talented and special winners. But McDull is a winner too - not because he actually wins, but because he stays positive, cares for those around him and ultimately lives an unselfish, modest life. That hackneyed message is difficult to believe, but the McDull films convey it unerringly. McDull's life is lower class, unglamorous and even desperate, but these films convince that such a life is special.
There's a bit of "been there, done that" to Pork of Music, but the journey is worthwhile enough that it doesn’t matter that the destination is familiar. McDull films are enjoyable if you understand the references and are partial to the emotions, and they’re useful for learning about Hong Kong too. What they're not is pandering or universal enough to easily win over international audiences. Pork of Music's style and content is likely too esoteric for non-Hong Kongers, from the local references to the abstruse humor to the slow-witted, sometimes oddball cuteness. McDull films require a leap from the audience, and taking it is rewarding. Pork of Music is another dense, entertaining and ultimately poignant slice of family (well, not really) entertainment that should easily please McDull fans. Non-fans? Well, maybe nothing that McDull does - short of being animated by Pixar - will win them over. Kung Fu Panda is likely more their speed.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
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August 20, 2014
This customer review refers to The Pork Of Music (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Keep Springfield Kindergarten alive!
It appears that, after the success of "My Life as McDull", creator Brian Tse decided that he could never (or perhaps should never) recreate the magic of that movie, so in each subsequent McDull movie he has gone in remarkably different directions. "The Pork of Music" is a charmer, but it charms with McDull and his friends playing only a minor role in the narrative. Yes, they are present at the center of most scenes, but usually present only as a choir singing a song. Apart from those musical moments, the McDull character doesn't do much other than express his need to visit the bathroom.
Don't misunderstand; I'm not being critical. It's just that this movie is about something other than McDull and his little pals. It is about the love of music and how a good music teacher can instill in children a lifelong appreciation of that art.
Springfield Kindergarten has fallen on hard times. The headmaster is unable to generate enough income from the school to pay its bills. He tries to hold a fundraiser featuring musical performances by the graduates of the school (and the headmaster's many previous failed schools), but it proves to be a disastrous flop. However, the choir featuring the current students is a hit and a city councilwoman (and former entertainer) attending the event suggests that they might be able to raise funds by performing at various events. The headmaster hires an agent, the agent books them a number of gigs, and the kiddie choir is on the road to stardom, ending up in a concert tour of China with mega-star Perfect Andy (who just might resemble a certain singer/actor we all know).
As with all things McDull, things don't pan out quite as expected, but along the way the movie has fun with politicians, pop stars, Shenzhen shopping malls, TV show presenters, agents, Hong Kong's nouveau riche, etc. Also along the way we are treated to lots of lovely music. The narrative in "The Pork of Music" may be skimpy but the entertainment is plentiful. Highly recommended.