Johnny Corncob (1973) - János vitéz
To start the list, let’s take a look at the first full-length animation movie of Hungary. Created for the 150 year anniversary of one of the most famous Hungarian poets, Sándor Petőfi, the cartoon tells the never-ageing tale of a young shepherd setting out on a journey for quests of love. It is based on Sándor Petőfi’s poem sharing the same title - János vitéz. The production took up 22 months, and the visuals were created using 600 different colours, with a style said to be inspired by a world-known animation classic: The Yellow Submarine.
Thanks to the National Film Institute of Hungary, you can watch it online for free with English subtitles. Click here: https://filmarchiv.hu/hu/alapfilmek/film/janos-vitez-2
Cat city (1986) - Macskafogó
With lines quickly becoming often quoted proverbs, catchy songs hummed by thousands, and the ground-breaking blending of genres it used, our second recommendation is a true cult movie. Set in a world where cats and mice are two superpowers battling each other we follow the adventures of the spy mouse Grabowski who has to save the world. Cat city is a parody of many mainstream movies, filled with references, iconic characters, and clever humour.
The Little Fox (1981) – Vuk
Last, but definitely not least we are highlighting a classic from the creations of director Attila Dargay, a truly iconic figure of Hungarian animation. This touching story about a little fox named “Vuk” was originally written by István Fekete and its animated adaptation quickly became a cult classic within Hungarian cartoons. Drawn with the very signature figures and style of Dargay movies, enriched with animal wit, beloved characters, and a good balance between the realistic life of wild animals and the justice of fairy tales, it is a great movie to start exploring the artwork of Dargay.
Thanks to the National Film Institute of Hungary, you can watch it online for free with English subtitles. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQa1oTWChpo&feature=youtu.be
We hope that you will like these ever-green classics and that you will continue on a journey of discovering Hungarian movies! If you are looking for some live-action movies next, be sure to check out our collection of award-winning Hungarian ones from the past decade! For true classic-lovers, we also recommend keeping an eye on the National Film Institute, an institution that is protecting and making the film heritage of Hungary accessible to all.
Links and sources: Filmarchiv.hu: János Vitéz ; Macskafogó ; Vuk