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Hungarian Animated Caricatures of the 1960s

Station Žilina Záriečie: S1
30.06.2017
11:00
Duration 72:00

The main inspiration for animation artists in the 1960s was contemporary caricatures and comic strips. These animated intellectual caricature-parables – often built on punch-lines and surprise endings – use black humour to examine everyday situations and topics pertinent to public life. The film Passion gave rise to the representation of the average citizen, the little man, who later became the protagonist of the popular cartoon series Gustavus, which targeted adult audiences. Between 1964 and 1975 more than 120 Gustavus episodes were produced, and it also became successful internationally (purchased in over 70 countries).

Passion / Szenvedély

directed by József Nepp

year: 1961
country: HU
duration: 08:00
A cartoon about the hardships of a man wanting to stop smoking. The first apperance of Gustavus, the protagonist of the popular namesake cartoon series.

Romantic Story / Romantikus történet

directed by Gyula Macskássy, György Várnai

year: 1964
country: HU
duration: 06:00
A young man joins a young woman on a park bench, and starts to fantasize about conquering her heart.

Ten Grams of Immortality / Tíz deka halhatatlanság

directed by Gyula Macskássy, György Várnai

year: 1966
country: HU
duration: 09:00
A bitter fable about Pegasus, the symbol of divine and pure inspiration, who cannot fit into today’s world.

Five Minutes of Murder / Öt perc gyilkosság

directed by József Nepp

year: 1966
country: HU
duration: 08:00
A black comedy about the infinite ways to commit murder.

Apple Thieves / Ellopták a vitaminomat

directed by Ottó Foky

year: 1966
country: HU
duration: 08:00
Two gloves break into a pantry to steal a shiny, red apple. A parody of action films played out by everyday objects.

Variations on a Dragon / Variációk egy sárkányra

directed by Attila Dargay

year: 1967
country: HU
duration: 09:00
The classic conflict between the princess, knight and dragon in different variations.

Suite / Szvit

directed by Zsolt Richly

year: 1968
country: HU
duration: 07:00
A visualisation of five Hungarian folk songs orchestrated by Zoltán Kodály, the famous Hungarian composer.

Inauguration / Hídavatás

directed by Marcell Jankovics

year: 1969
country: HU
duration: 05:00
A new bridge is completed over a chasm. But when a large crowd gathers for the official inauguration ceremony, a minor hitch develops into a major catastrophe.

Concertissimo / Koncertisszimó

directed by József Gémes

year: 1968
country: HU
duration: 03:00
A cartoon allegory set in a concert hall about armed aggression and the ignorance of the crowd. The film won the Golden Dragon Special Prize at the 1968 Krakow Short Film Festival.

Modern Training Methods / Modern edzésmódszerek

directed by Béla Ternovszky

year: 1970
country: HU
duration: 07:00
A satirical look at how contemporary sport coaches favour peculiar methods to get better results.

The Old Lady / Az öreg

directed by Gyula Macskássy, György Várnai

year: 1971
country: HU
duration: 02:00
The Grim Reaper visits an old lady, but she’s too busy to deal with him.