Movies that are slightly off.
The story’s main character is Fehérlófia, who is a man with superhuman power. He is born as the third son of a horse. He listened to old tales, mostly about the Forefather and the end of his reign, caused by evil dragons.
Quite simply the quintessential hyper-psychedelic animated film, more of a trip than even Pink Floyd - The Wall. Marcell Jankovics transitions through a never-ending sensory overload of stunning images with perfect fluidity and attention to detail without ever abandoning his mythologically-based narrative for too long. The battle sequences, for lack of a better word, are amazing; watching this film is like playing the most surreal, abstract Atari 5200 game that you can imagine and crossing it with a healthy dose of ancient Scythian folklore. Get to it.
• Every single shot here is like a beautiful painting
• One of the most entrancing animations I’ve seen and one that conveys a vast array of different emotions
• It has a very rich mythology with characters that have superhuman abilities and it's an interesting look into the Underworld
• I wonder if I could handle watching a double session of 2001 and Son of the White Mare….now that would be the ultimate trip!
• After the whole construction of this stunning world, the story takes a repetitive structure that didn’t quite live up to its amazing start
• How the heck can those rocky things be called dragons?!
Schedule your next psychedelic experience around this movie.
I'm a sucker for folk tales. I love the absolutely unbelievable, grandiose ideas and scenarios they present, while offering no explanation or justification. It's a folk tale. That is the justification. This is a beautiful picture from Marcell Jankovics and Pannónia Filmmstúdió in Hungary. It's a tale I'm not familiar with, but it plays the same as many you'll understand. Son of the White Mare (that's what the name translates to literally) goes on a quest seeking to rip trees out of the ground and free three princesses who have been kept in the underworld. Pretty standard...
What is far from standard is the animation and sound design in this picture. It…
Director, Marcell Jankovics, is little known outside of his native Hungary which is rather criminal when he was responsible for such startling works of animation like, Fehérlófia. Translated as Son of the White Mare, the film is an imagined folktale full of familiar tropes (princesses, underworlds, magic etc.) and formal structures (the power of three being all important). Although based on Avaric legend the story should be familiar to anybody who read fairy tales as a child.
The story, whilst perfectly enjoyable, is perfunctory with broad archetypal characters and a predictable plot, although it is surprisingly rich in symbolism (most of which I didn’t even notice on first viewing). Yet people don’t watch Fehérlófia for its passable story, they watch…
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To my understanding Fehérlófia is an animated Hungarian fairytale that was made in the early 80s.
It's radical, ever shifting liquid animation style is trippy and exciting; Son of the White Mare definitely doesn't look like it was made 35 years ago. It's a testament to how well animation can stand the test of time in the 21st century but even more so how visual storytelling has evolved yet stayed the same from mere paintings on cave walls hundreds of thousands of years ago. There is a very primitive and natural theme pumping through the hypnotic visuals. It bleeds imagery of birth, paternity, death, love, humanity, nature, fear and power as well as including scenes of…
This kind of animation style has, sadly, faded out of today's computer-generated entertainment world. It's a real shame, because this type of animation took real talent and attention to detail to nail down perfectly. Nowadays, a simple software program makes the animated films for today's kids, and there is a sense of personality that is lost through the digital medium. Son of the White Mare is one of the best examples of this lost art form. Combining Hungarian mythos with Fantasia-style animation, the film tells the simple but exhilarating story of a strong young man named Fehérlófia on a quest with his two brothers to rescue three princesses from three dragon brethren of the underworld. The brothers face many…
A wonderfully psychedelic piece that I dread to imagine mixed with any kind of substance :p
Really inspiring art. Worth adding to your catalogue of inspiring styles.
The Powerpuff Girls if they were buff men and lived in a colourful world where everything is shaped like genitalia.
Fehérlófia is the Cambellian Hero's Journey on wheels, and on a plot level, the story couldn't be more well-worn and clichéd. We have beat this horse to death.
However, Jankovics's mare couldn't be more alive. In the film's opening moments, synthesized bass is pumping, what sounds like glass is breaking, wind is roaring, and glimpses of color stream from right to left before the viewer's eyes in a way that is wholly incomprehensible until the full picture is revealed. We see a white horse, but what exactly is happening is still very unclear due to the film's distinctive animation style, which exclusively utilizes bold, glowing colors, ever-shifting abstract landscapes, minimalist character design, reality-breaking pattern overlays, and wildly fluctuating line movements--all…
Maybe my favorite-looking animated movie. Hell, pretty close to being my favorite animated movie full stop. Mythical but modern, psychedelic but grounded, structurally simple but full of things to discover. And infinitely rewatchable. It's really perfect you guys.
Hipnótica, estimulante, onírica, creativa, visualmente sobresaliente. El estilo del dibujo es precisamente el estilo que más me gusta, y además da a conocer un poco de la mitología húngara, lo cual es de agradecer en un mundo en el que únicamente se conoce la grecorromana (sin quitarle valor).
Jenes "Kinematographische Delirium".
Film #2 of March Around The World 2016: Hungary
aka Son of the White Mare. It's culled from ancient Hun legends & presented as a tribute to Nomadic peoples. It's graphically bold, dynamic & almost wholly original, visually. I caught whiffs of Lotte Reiniger, Peter Max, UPA, R. Crumb, & Kazimir Malevich, but wouldn't really assume that they were direct influences. The mythological narrative doesn't generate much tension, and I did space out for a bit before the dragon battles started. But what a spectacle!
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Why aim for realism when you're making animation? Every aspiring animator today should observe and learn from the technical and creative brilliance of Marcell Jankovics' Fehérlófia. The story and characters can be conventional as long as you back it up with distractingly gorgeous animation.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Top 200 is pretty definitive. Essentially the top/most memorable 20-25% of all the films I've seen in my life (which…