Son of the White Mare (Feherlofia)

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Mar 27, 2020

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This psychedelic, folklore-steeped Hungarian fantasy is one of the most flat-out stunning animated films you're ever likely to see, a vividly colored tale of heroes and monsters that at once shows the influence of the more far-out strains of '80s graphic design and looks like nothing else in the world. To combat seventy-seven dragons rooted in a towering oak tree at the gates of the Underworld, a mare goddess births three sons who set out to slay the baddies and save the day, their epic mission depicted in an eye-popping kaleidoscope of shape-shifting shades, visible now in their original grandeur thanks to a ravishing restoration from the original camera negative supervised by legendary director Jankovics.


  • György Cserhalmi
  • Vera Pap
  • Gyula Szabó
  • Ferenc Szalma
  • Mari Szemes
  • Szabolcs Tóth
  • Ottó Ulmann

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  • The movie is a pastiche of many similar Hungarian and Eurasian folk tales and owes much to the myths of ancient Magyars, Scythians and Avarians. According to the Hungarian Ethnographic Lexicon, there are at least 50 different forms of this story, but the film was mostly based on "Fehérlófia" (as penned by poet László Arany) and "Fanyüvö, Vasgyúró, Hegyhengergetö" (by Gyula Illyés). One common criticism against the film is that the story, characters and its perceived messages are different from Arany's version of Fehérlófia. Director Marcell Jankovics confirmed that his aim wasn't to make a faithful adaptation of any single fable, but to create his own version. Some of the most notable differences between the versions are: * In Arany's version, Fehérlófia (Son of the White Mare) and Fanyüvö (Treeshaker or Treetearer) are separate characters, and Fehérlófia kills the weak Fanyüvö at the end. In others, Fanyüvö is the powerful main hero, but he has human parents. The film meshes these two versions together into one character. * Other differences include expanding on the backstory of the world, its rulers, the princesses and the dragons, and combining the fable with the myth of the World Tree. In most other versions of the tale, none of these have any background. The film's first 14 or so minutes are not part of the stories. * In the film, Fehérlófia's parents are deities, the Rain King and the Snow Queen, and the Hétszünyö Kapanyányimonyók (Seven-Hearted Lobahobgoblin) is the King in disguise. The folk tales contain no such connotations; the Goblin is a villain, and the King is a human unrelated to the main characters. * Depending on the version, the hero's mother is either a human woman or a horse without an explicit backstory, though sometimes, she's a cow or a sheep.
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  • The Hétszünyü Kaponyányimonyók has both of his eyes when dangling from the edge of the hole leading to the Underworld, but in every other scene he only has a single eye.
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