C reated in the late 1980s, McMug and McDull brought joy and inspiration to many generations in Hong Kong. Appearing in comic strips and animations, the ingenuous piglet duo charmed us with their optimistic approaches to life, all of which have become beloved all-time classics. The iconic cartoon series created a unique yet heartening legacy with their undertone of innocent playfulness, a touch of the ordinary, yet with a certain poetic essence.
Marking the first collaboration between Sotheby's Hong Kong and the masterminds of the series, Mr. Brian Tse and Ms. Alice Mak, McDull here he comes features 47 artworks presented in various media, ranging from original drawings, reinterpretations of classic stories to animated NFT artwork. All lots will be exhibited at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery from 14-23 January 2022, and online bidding will open on 14 January.
Sale Highlights 拍品精選
This is the first time that artwork of McMug and McDull will be put up for auction.
McMug, McDull and the friends from Chun Tian Hua Hua Kindergarten are well-known characters in the Chinese community. Since the 1980s, these characters have made recurring appearances in “Ming Pao Children’s Weekly”, which came with every issue of “Ming Pao Weekly”. Over time, these publications garnered a significant adult following, with the first collection compiled adopting the title of “Fairy Tales for the Adults”, which draws on the idea of great men do not lose sight of their child-like hearts of purity and kindness. In the mid-1990s, stories of McMug and McDull, centred around daily life and current affairs, were published in the form of single or four-panel comic strips in “Ming Pao” and the “Hong Kong Economic Times”. These were later amassed into volumes such as “McMug Comic Strips”, “Sort-of Blue Sub-tropics” and “McDull – From Honey to BBQ Pork”.
In terms of merchandise, McMug and McDull have utilised local colloquial vernacular and humour to create a series of heartfelt cards, stimulating business through cultural means while simultaneously expanding readership.
The release of the film “My Life as McDull” in 2001 marked the transition from comics to animation. Featuring McDull as the main character, these cartoon films have repeatedly obtained awards at various film festivals, including the Grand Prix Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, considered the Oscars of the animation world. In particular, the film “McDull, Prince de la Bun” received high acclaim from film critics, winning “Best Picture 2004” at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. Additionally, statues of both McDull and the “Prince de la Bun” have been installed on the Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars.
McMug and McDull have also enthusiastically participated in the promotion of the arts. For example, “This is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals” and “Bowls of Happiness: Treasures from China and the Forbidden City” introduce ancient Chinese wooden architecture and the humanistic spirit of traditional auspicious designs, with their English translations receiving various children’s book awards. Additionally, for over a decade now, McDull and Hong Kong Sinfonietta have held multiple classical music concerts . In 2019, they even went so far as to making McDull the world’s first animated character to become an Artist Associate.
From fairy tales to comic books, films to classical music, taking the stage to the most recent NFT game, McMug and McDull have taken on a multitude of mass media types. With undertones of innocent playfulness, a touch of the ordinary, an air of melancholy, a certain poetic essence and a degree of refinement, these remarkable creations are rich and abundant, leaving behind a unique yet heartening legacy.
從漫畫到動畫，自2001年推出首部電影《麥兜故事》，以麥兜為主角的多部動畫長片，屢獲電影節大獎，包括被視為「動畫界奧斯卡」的Grand Prix Annecy。電影《麥兜‧菠蘿油王子》則深受影評人重視，獲香港電影評論學會最佳電影大獎。 麥兜銅像及菠蘿油王子塑像，現分別置於電影星光大道及動漫星光大道。
給當代藝術另闢 Pork Art 一派。
14 -23 January 2022
Monday to Friday 星期一至五 | 10am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 星期六至日 | 11am – 5pm
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery 蘇富比藝術空間
5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Pre-registration is required for entry. Successful registrants will receive an email confirmation, and admission is subject to presentation of confirmation email.