McDull hogs an Avenue of Stars spot
He's a star of comics and international-award-winning films. Now Hong Kong's favourite cartoon character has had his celebrity status confirmed, with a place alongside martial arts icon Bruce Lee.
McDull, the much-loved animated piglet - adored by adults and children alike for his seemingly innocent, yet intriguing remarks and warm personality - is the latest recipient of a bronze statue on the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. It was unveiled last night.
He is also the first cartoon character to be honoured alongside film directors and stars on the promenade - inaugurated in 2003 to honour legends of the city's film industry.
McDull first appeared as a supporting character to his better-looking friend, McMug, in comics in the 1990s. But he quickly became a star in his own right, with four films to his name since his popular debut, My Life As McDull, which won the Grand Prix at France's Annecy Festival of Animation in 2003. The latest McDull film, McDull Kung Fu Ding Ding Dong, was one of the biggest hits in mainland cinemas in 2009.
'All these accolades are beyond our wildest imagination,' said Alice Mak Ka-bik, who, along with her husband, writer Brian Tse Lap-man, created the piglet for a modest children's tabloid exactly 20 years ago.
'Our satisfaction came from the creative process, and the rest is a bonus,' she said.
The bronze statue is the second honour bestowed on the piglet in recent days. Wax figures of McDull and his mother took up a spot last week in the Madame Tussauds waxworks museum on The Peak. The figures depict the pair eating egg tarts at a traditional cha chaan teng.
'But the bronze McDull will stand in the open for everyone to touch and hug. Over time, we will be able to tell which parts of his body are the most and the least popular by the degree of shininess on the bronze,' said Mak, with a laugh.