A Hungarian animation series, Magyar népmesék
was a collection of animated shorts, each telling a traditional folktale, many being variants of more well-known stories. Many of the shorts can be found on Youtube
, where they are getting a somewhat cult following.
The series started in 1977 with a season consisting of 13 episodes. Further seasons were added in 1979, 1984, 1989, 1995, 2002, 2007, and 2009. A total of 89 regular episodes have been released.
This series provides examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation: Some of the shorts.
- Animation Bump: Possibly, due to the series being Un-Cancelled, shorts tend to have different animation styles, mediums, and qualities.
- Back from the Dead: If the hero or heroine dies, they will get better.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In A csillagszemű juhász, the evil king executes everyone who doesn't say "Bless you!" when he sneezes.
- Distressed Damsel: Princesses held captive by a dragon or an evil king in various stories.
- The Devil Is a Loser: The devil appears as an antagonist in some stories (such as Koplaló Mátyás), but is always outsmarted by the protagonist.
- Dragons Prefer Princesses: The very anthropomorphic dragons in these stories usually marry the princesses they kidnap.
- Fantastic Foxes: In one short, A rókaszemű menyecske (The fox-eyed damsel), the protagonist is helped by a shapeshifting fox.
- Gag Dub: Three episodes got hilarious and memetic Hungarian parody dubs by Youtube user Dandozolika.
- Gender Flip: One fairy tale, "Hamupipőke királyfi", is the Gender Flipped version of Cinderella.
- Go Seduce My Archnemesis: In one story, the protagonist asks the princess to find out the weakness of the dragon by seducing him.
- Mickey Mousing: There is music used instead of sound effects in all shorts.
- Morphic Resonance: In one tale, a shapeshifting Fantastic Fox disguises itself as a princess, but her true identity is revealed because she has fox-eyes. The fox's other morphs also have some vulpine features, but this is the only one that is relevant to the plot.
- Not Quite Dead: In "Cerceruska," the heroine's stepmother tries to drown her. Fortuantely, a fish swallows her whole, and her husband rescues her.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons in these tales are more or less humanoid, clothed, ride horses and fight with swords. They'll almost always have multiple heads. They often want to marry the princess they keep captive.
- Pals with Jesus: Hamupipoke (the Magyar's Cinderella) is helped by God to attend Mass, after being forbidden by her stepmother. We all know how it ends
- Rule of Three: A recurring theme in the tales. Often the story is about three sibling (from which the Youngest Child Wins), or the protagonist has three helpers, or there are three villains (each more powerful than the previous one).
- Savage Wolves: Wolves often appear in antagonistic role in the tales that star animals.
- Shout-Out: One of the animated shorts, "Hamupipoke," is a variant of the Cinderella story, that traditionally ends with the prince smply recognizing the heroine without any help. The animated short borrows the Disney/Perrault ending with the prince using a glass slipper.
- Standard Hero Reward: Half the kingdom and the princess's hand is more often than not the reward of the hero of these stories.
- Un-Cancelled: The first batch of shorts were made in the late 70's. More and more were produced in the 80's and 90's. Finally, even more shorts have been independently produced in the 2000's, after the original production company went bankrupt.
- Youngest Child Wins: A very common trope in the stories.