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Son of the White Mare (1981)

Fehérlófia (original title)
A dethroned goddess-turned-horse gives birth to three superpowered sons who set out to save three princesses from three ancient dragons and reclaim their parents' lost kingdom from the underworld.

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Marcell Jankovics
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Cast

Credited cast:
György Cserhalmi ... Fanyüvö / Vasgyúró / Kömorzsoló (voice)
Vera Pap Vera Pap ... Aranyhajú Nyárszépe / Ezusthajú Tavaszszépe / Rézhajú Öszszépe (voice)
Gyula Szabó Gyula Szabó ... Hétszünyü Kaponyányi Monyók / Esökirály (voice)
Ferenc Szalma Ferenc Szalma ... Griffmadár úr (voice)
Mari Szemes Mari Szemes ... Fehérló / Hókirálnyö (voice)
Szabolcs Tóth Szabolcs Tóth ... Háromfejü sárkány / Hétfejü sárkány / Tizenkétfejü sárkány (voice) (as Dr. Szabolcs Tóth)
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A dethroned goddess-turned-horse gives birth to three superpowered sons who set out to save three princesses from three ancient dragons and reclaim their parents' lost kingdom from the underworld.

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

22 October 1981 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Hijo de la Yegua Blanca See more »

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Production Co:

Pannónia Filmstúdió See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reflecting on the movie in his 2007 autobiography, Jankovics claimed that its troubled production drained him of all his energy. He repeatedly had to clash with the censors and studio heads, and distributing the finished film also proved difficult. He admitted the movie wasn't as polished as it could have been, and there are at least 30 minutes of the finished film that he would redo from scratch. He also thought he and his colleagues should have fought harder against the censors to bring their original vision to screen. Despite these hurdles, he was amazed it got completed at all, and although the movie under-performed at the box office, he was happy with its attendance, since creating a blockbuster hit was never his goal. In a 1988 article, Jankovics said he didn't like watching the film, as it reminded him of the troubled production. His opinion has changed over time, and in a 2017 interview, he considered it his most accomplished feature-length work. See more »

Goofs

Kömorzsoló and Vasgyúró have bare genitalia when wrestling with Fanyüvö (briefly seen when the latter lifts them up), but at the end of the film, as they run toward him after meeting the princesses, they suddenly have pubic hair. See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the credits begin scrolling, a looped animation of Fanyüvö walking amidst a smoggy, polluted cityscape is played while various eerie, "technological" noises play on the soundtrack. This segment, referencing the 12-headed city dragon Fanyüvö fought in the film, carries an anti-pollution message, and according to the director, it is the most important part of the movie. See more »

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Dazzling, but also a little dull
28 December 2018 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

This is remarkable just for going so far out on a limb in terms of feature animation--an entire movie (Hungarian yet!) of sort of Peter Max-type psychedelic visuals in almost blinding day-glo colors. If you were to watch it very stoned on a big screen, it would probably be an incredible experience. Watched sober on a smaller screen, it's basically 80 minutes of very pretty, groovy graphics that are nonetheless somewhat monotonous in impact. The style is a lot like vintage 60s/70s poster art, more about creating a striking design than providing any detailed sense of character or story. So the heroes' quest (based on Hungarian folk tales) is not very involving or exciting, even when they combat dragons--everything is tastefully (if also eye-poppingly) abstract, the protagonists are not much more expressive than stick figures. "White Mane" is a singular achievement, and I'm glad it was made. But it's easier to admire than to love.


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