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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…
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…
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…
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.
Psychedelic Hungarian cosmic mythical fantasy. Visually arresting and unbelievably ambitious. Very fluid animation and pacing.
Holds up perfectly well on a second viewing and even without subtitles, the story being fairly universal and primordial.
Have you seen "The secret of Kells?" Did you think it had a very cool, very unique style? Get excited, because "Son of the White Mare" looks nothing like "Secret of Kells" but erupts onto the screen in a style so uniquely abstract, so vivid, so amazingly beautiful, it makes "Kells" look like "Mega Mind" (I hate Mega Mind.)
The opening ten minutes are even crazier than my words could do justice. The intro to a not only stylized but symbolized epic of Evil corrupting Man, of nature creating a new savior, and of a warrior (three warriors) on a quest to redeem their lands - and free some woman who are, will be and - kind of - already…
Starts off feeling like it's the most revolutionary film ever made, shifting animations leaving this viewer agog. Eventually, a plot becomes clearer, character depiction becomes a greater focus, and it devolves to something merely stunning. Still, a treasure.
bWah??? I don't think this film is my jam.
The story may tread well-worn territory, but the dynamic visuals have no equal.
Pretty good quality version w/English subs here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwzqtF2W6RQ
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unsure if our copy was clicky or our eyes. never boring, requires no translation. watched part of this at st helen's with sean, resumed at brownie's hostel in montana without missing a beat lol
A beautifully animated psychedelic rendering of an old folk tale. Would love to have seen this on the big screen after smoking a few joints!
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