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Son of the White Mare (1981)

Fehérlófia (original title)
A goddess in the shape of a horse gives birth to three super-powered sons who set out to save three princesses from three evil dragons and reclaim their lost kingdom from the underworld.

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Marcell Jankovics
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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 goddess in the shape of a horse gives birth to three super-powered sons who set out to save three princesses from three evil dragons and reclaim their lost kingdom from the underworld.

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Trivia

Marcell Jankovics has often been asked if he had taken drugs during production. He finds such questions annoying, and maintains that his goal was never to make the film feel psychedelic or "trippy", but to respectfully preserve the cultural symbolism of the folk mythology it's been based on. He argues that most old cultures had their own system of symbols and allegorical tales that would seem bizarre to modern eyes, especially to people with different cultural backgrounds. He also admits he took no mind altering substances. See more »

Goofs

Kömorzsoló and Vasgyúró have bare genitalia when wrestling with Fanyüvö (briefly seen when the latter lifts them up), but after they have met the princesses and run to the hole leading to the Underworld to rescue Fanyüvö, 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 »

Alternate Versions

The film's Hungarian and Russian home video releases were incorrectly color-graded. The 1983 Soviet VHS release was entirely green toned, while the 2005 Hungarian DVD (the most commonly watched version prior to the 2019 remaster) had an overly high saturation and was tinted pink and blue, muddying the reds and yellows. Neither of these accurately represented the film's original colors and both got entirely rid of grays, which can be best seen on the originally gray Three-Headed Dragon. The 2019 4K high-def remaster by Arbelos Films and the Hungarian Filmlab finally restored the film's original colors and revealed finer shading details that have been previously hidden by incorrect color-grading. See more »

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Genius animation!
25 April 2018 | by teodorodontosaurusSee all my reviews

It was a pleasant surprise seeing folk tales I grew up with come to life. I guess Hungarian folk tales influenced Romanian folk tales, or maybe they share the same source. It's not just the same numerology symbolism, storytelling and dialogues; the Romanian folk tales I used to read when I was a kid are virtually identical with everything depicted in this animation. Brilliant psychedelic imagery (nice experiments with shapes and colors), brilliant storytelling and even some subtle humor moments. This animation should be sent in space as radio signals or something, because I pretty much consider it the essence of the human spirit, an excellent depiction of primordial human philosophy.


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Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

22 October 1981 (Hungary) See more »

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Pannónia Filmstúdió See more »
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