麥兜.飯寶奇兵 (McDull – Rise of the Rice Cooker) (Blu-ray release 2016-12-2) is a new entry in the McDull series of animated movie from Hong Kong.  This series sometimes contained themes of sad adult issues.  However, this time I don’t feel any trace of that.  I used to wonder whether kids actually understood the previous McDull movies (and I’m not sure I understood them completely).  There is no such worry for this movie.

In this new movie, a Godzilla-like monster comes to Earth and causes destruction.  An Ultraman-like superhero comes to attack it but fails and retreats.  Earth calls for designs of robots to combat the monster, and McDull submits a design based on a rice cooker.  Even with characters that originated from Japanese shows, this movie is totally unlike any Japanese anime.  It is filled up parodies, laughs, innocence, and distinct features of Hong Kong society.  Although not every joke works, the sheer creativity that went into this is awesome.

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