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In the turmoilous 18th century, young poor Hungarian aristocrat Jonas helps Szaffi, a young pretty gypsy Romani girl and the illegitimate daughter of a Turkish pasha, get the treasure that's owed to her by the right of inheritance.
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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.
You will never see anything like this, anywhere. Based on the tales the ancient horse-lords told their children before they went off to wage bloody war across the steppes with one another, this dreamlike and beautifully-crafted amalgamation of old legends and modern allegory is simple enough for children to follow its basic narrative (provided they can either speak Hungarian or read subtitles), and an absolute treasure of a find for any adults interested in animation, art, mythology, surrealism, etc. Though it favors simple solid colors, the animator's style is unique and clearly the labor of love - the hand of a master is evident. There aren't many Hungarian animated films, but the ones that I've seen were all quite good - with this one clearly being the best.
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