“Garabonciák” by Dóra Keresztes and István Orosz

I think one could easily make the case that in the early-1980s, the most visually inventive and coolest looking cartoons in the world were being made in Hungary. To bolster the theory, here’s a 1985 piece of Hungarian psychedelia directed by Dóra Keresztes and István Orosz. The title Garabonciák translates to Wizards in English, and the music was composed by Károly Cserepes. Someone somewhere really needs to put together a retrospective of Eighties Hungarian features and shorts.

(via Meathaus)


  • http://dokdibujos.blogspot.com Dokeck

    VERY surrealistic. Without knowing the language, it seems like an animated spell wich is very cool.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I’m of the opinion there needs to be a “Masters of Hungarian Animation” compilation itself focusing on the last half of the 20th Century with what was being done there! It was all impressive.

  • tomm

    To be fair , based on what I saw at this years KAFF – theres still an abundance of great work coming from Hungary!

  • Danny Mc

    That left me Hungary for more.

  • Saturnome

    I saw a few Hungarian animated features from back then, like Vuk or Macskafogo, and while not as visually inventive or even pleasing as, say, the “Fehérlófia school”, I found Macskafogo to be very entertaining (it’s a kind of cold war spy film spoof), even though the subtitles had a hard time following the quick pace of the dialogue.

    It just shows how much Hungary was versatile in it’s animation back then. And an interesting case to study.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Quite an interesting study indeed!

  • eeteed

    this impressed me.

    i wish it had subtitles so i could better appreciate it.

  • D

    Whoa! trippy, I like it

  • karnella

    I totally agree. Fehérlófia is my favorite and it inspired me to try a different art style. Everything is so bright and colorful. Even though a lot of the scenes are abstract, they are represented in a way that is understandable and symbolic.

  • ai

    Just to let you know, Hungarian animation will be in the focus at the Stuttgart Festival this year: http://www.itfs.de/en/home/programmes/supporting-programme/why-hungary/

  • ai

    And here is another piece by the same directors, entitled Golden Bird. Less psychedelic, more into the early Italian Renaissance, and targets a somewhat younger audience, I guess. With English subtitles. Enjoy!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfECa4BY0Bo&feature=colike