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Though it shares its title with the original folk tale, this movie is actually a pastiche of several different stories, and it also combines separate folklore characters into one.
Most notably, the main character, Fehérlófia (Son of the White Mare) and Fanyüvö (Treetearer or Treeshaker) are treated as the same person, whereas in the original stories, Fanyüvö was one of Fehérlófia's three servants. He was also the weakest of the brothers, instead of the strongest.
In the movie, Fanyüvö/Fehérlófia spares his brothers' lives when he thinks they've betrayed him, but in the original tales, Fehérlófia kills all three brothers.
In the original stories, Fehérlófia is the only son of the White Mare. The three brothers are separate characters he meets on his journey.
A twist at the end of the story reveals that the King and the Hétszünyü Kapanyányimonyók ("Seven-hearted Lobahobgoblin") are also one and the same, the latter being the King's depowered form. In the most well known versions of the original tail, the Kapanyányimonyók is a simple mischievous villain-like character.
The movie also contains references to more ancient creation myths that were not present in the folk tales, such as the backstory about the ancient King and Queen, the origin of the dragons and the disaster that stuck the world. In the movie, Fehérlófia has to avenge her mother, who was originally the Queen, for all the suffering brought on her by the dragons. In the original folk tales, she is a genuine horse without a backstory.
The depictions of the three dragons (a stone-caveman, a 20th century war machine and a modern metropolitan cityscape) are of course also unique additions.
Experimental, full-feature, pop-art/folk-art fairy-tale. Yet, a mainstream title at its home!:)
Alright! We're talking about high-quality movie-making here! Its experimental way is the films strongest feature. Or its keenness about traditionalism? Its up to you, to decide which pars you like better: the funky, vibrant colors, and wacky-trippy movement, or the heavy use of traditional, middle-European folk ornaments?
The white mare give gives birth to a son once again, who grows to be strong enough, to defeat the evil ones, who keep the three beautiful princess' as captives... and even, to find his long lost, and just as powerful brothers on his journey.
The plot for this one has been mixed together, from folktales all around the globe (but mostly, they're from middle-Europe, and eastern, nomad tribes), which makes the story familiar for almost everyone, from everywhere. It reaches back into our most ancient collective memories, and bring up something, that might even be forgotten.
The new-age look of some aspects of this movie, and the respect for folk traditions, surprisingly makes a totally coherent, and unbelievably powerful whole. Which makes it Marcell Jankovics's best directional work ever. This film earned his righteous place, amongst the "world's best fifty animated-films ever", at Los Angeles' animation Olympic.
Anyone, who likes animation, experimental film-making, or just GOOD MOVIES, simply must see this one. No exceptions!
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