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Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)

In Animation on June 10, 2005 at 7:22 am


Howl’s Moving Castle
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones
US Release: June 2005

Finally it’s released in US theaters. I love the book by Diana Wynne Jones, though it was a long time ago since I read it and my memory is failing me on the details. But my impression was still strong, hence I was very disappointed with the Miyazaki adaptation. He took too much artistic liberties yet didn’t do a good job, particularly with the characterization and changes of the story, both plot and theme-wise. First of all the entire part about the ongoing machinery and war destruction was entirely Miyazaki’s own insertion as a ‘war is senseless and stupid’ commentary that wasn’t even concluded in a satisfactory way.

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McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)

In Animation on February 24, 2005 at 7:03 pm


I love the first McDull movie My Life as McDull (2001). The new McDull movie McDull, Prince de la Bun is just as good and could be watched as a stand-alone. McDull (麥兜) is this long running cartoon piglet character created by Hong Kong illustrator Alice Mak and writer Brian Tse, a spin-off from their more children oriented McMug series. When I was little I had the wrong impression that they’re from France because of the faux Le Petit Prince water color drawings. I always prefer the McDull (over McMug) because they’re bittersweet stories for grown ups. The stories usually center around the silly, sad but dull “reality bites” life of this ordinary, not-so-bright young boy pig and his single-parent mother. Like any typical Hong Kong mother, Mrs. Mak has unrealistic extraordinary expectation from her painfully ordinary son who’s always bound to fail. Despite the silly, cute and quirky characters, the animated films are quite poetic and melancholy.

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