ANIMATION BREAKDOWN 2014: Son of the White Mare (Feherlofia)

It’s right there in our mission statement: ABD is dedicated to bringing you mind-blowing animation of all stripes, past and present. Well, we’re about to make gooder than good on that promise. The word “psychedelic” gets thrown around willy-nilly, especially with regards to animation — and while we’ve seen a lot of far-out stuff in our travels, Son of the White Mare is certainly THE most psychedelic animated feature ever inked, and one of the most beautiful. A kaleidoscopic, rainbow-colored devastator of sight and sound. Watching it is an immersive, consciousness-altering experience more akin to that of 2001 and The Holy Mountain, than Yellow Submarine or Fantastic Planet. Director/wizard Marcell Jankovics (crowned as “the Walt Disney of Hungary”) lifts his fairy tale straight from Euro folk legend, seamlessly filtering its sword-wielding, dragon-slaying creation-myth narrative through a range of disparate aesthetics like ancient art, ‘60s poster design, and art deco/nouveau touches. What results is an overwhelming visual feast on which to gorge your eyes. Your new favorite animated film; come and get your mind properly blown, folks. DJ Carlos Niño (KPFK’s “Spaceways Radio”, Dublab) will be here to spin tunes before the show!
Dir. Marcell Jankovics, 1981, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Son of the White Mare”!