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.
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…
We found this old folk tale, boss, what should we--
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First...a big thank you to Adam Cook for bringing this film to my attention, and then taking it up a notch by posting the link to the actual film, itself.
Marcell Jankovics is officially my favorite animator, all because of the visual mastery that is Feherlofia. Jankovics seemingly incorporates every single color that the human eye can perceive, maybe even colors the human eye cannot perceive.
Feherlofia is a kaleidoscopic folktale adventure where Jankovics manipulates color and form like I've never seen before; everything is constantly moving, colors, flamelike, fluidly flowing from one shape to the next, flickering and flaring while endlessly shapeshifting through a beautifully realized fantasy world. My eyes loved every minute of it.
The plot consists of…
Style and substance. Symbolism and story. Ive have yet to see a movie that ever blends the two as well as this one, though many have come close.
While it is a male centric film, it teaches what it means to truly be a man. Ive never seen three male characters portrayed so emotionally, so pure, so brotherly, with such a bond between them.
And while they are technically brothers, the film doesn't shy away from homosexual themes that add a genuine soul to the proceedings. Had the movie bleached itself of those themes, then the further sexual imagery that comes later would feel dishonest and one-sided.
Every day, life gives you a present of a sort. And…
People don't give animated movies enough credit.
Stunning animation based on Hungarian folktales. Reminded me of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, but crossed with prog-rock album covers. Absolutely gorgeous.
Review by Andrew Swafford
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 and abstract 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 of which add up to an experience which feels profoundly new.
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Highly imaginative psychedelia; an unforgettable visual journey.
I was fucking about on youtube and somehow came across what turned out to be the perfect midnight movie. That was insane, beautiful and so captivating, it was totally psychedelic, pure visual story-telling. Felt like this Simpsons scene most the time (in a good way). If I saw this when I was five years old I probably would have watched it every single day.
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…
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