Marcell Jankovics's 1981 AnimatedAdaptation of steppe nomad legends and the work of László Arany (based on Hungarian folktales), featuring the eponymous [[CharacterTitle Fehérlófia (Son of the White Horse]]), or more accurately Fanyűvő (Treetearer or Treeshaker), the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin superpowered son of a white mare]].

Shortly after he's born, his mother tells him a story: long ago, there was happiness and peace as [[GodCouple Father God and Mother Goddess]] ruled the world; hovewer, their sons grew restless, and wished for wives. But this soon proved to be to their ruin, as the princesses they were given became curious about that door they were never supposed to open, and unwillingly set [[SealedEvilInACan the evil dragons]] free. The dragons immediately seized power over the world, killing the three brothers and taking the princesses as their wives. Only Father God escaped, but with greatly diminished power. Mother Goddess was, however, captured, while trying to escape in the form of a white mare. While in captivity, she gave birth two times, with both of her sons disappearing. When she became pregnant a third time, she was told that if this son disappears as well, the world will lose its last chance of being saved…

After the death of his mother, Fanyűvő sets out to find his similarly superpowered brothers, Kőmorzsoló (Stonecrumbler) and Vasgyúró (Ironkneader or Ironrubber). It is up to them to overthrow the dragons' rule and bring balance back to the world.

The film is mainly notable for its [[DerangedAnimation highly experimental and artistic visuals]], extreme color palette, unique character designs and flowing animation, as well as its surreal and trippy atmosphere. Objects, characters and backgrounds shift and contort into one another, and all is held together by a heavy dose of Eurasian folk iconography and an [[WorldOfSymbolism overload of symbolism]].

Upon its release, the film flopped at the box office, and beyond being turned off by its unconventional visuals, some viewers also slammed it for its unfaithfulness to the classic ''Fehérlófia'' folk fables. Though highly obscure abroad, the movie nonetheless received some amount of acclaim, being named the 49th best animated movie ever made at the 1984 Los Angeles Animation Olympics. More recently, thanks to the internet, it's also being discovered by animation enthusiasts the world over. Of Jankovics's three feature-length animated movies, this is the most widely known outside of his home country.

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This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** In the original tale (meaning Arany's), Hétszűnyű Kapanyányimonyók is a villain. Here, he's [[TheHero The Hero's]] father in disguise.
** In Arany's tale, Fehérlófia's servants, including Fanyűvő, ''do'' betray him by leaving him stranded in the Underworld. In the film, [[CompositeCharacter Fanyűvő and Fehérlófia are one and the same]], automatically stripping him of his villainous role. But even in other versions of the fable where Fanyűvő is the protagonist, his partners clearly betray him. Their animated incarnations on the other hand aren't villains, they try their best to lift Fehérlófia/Fanyűvő out of the Underworld and only let him fall back because the rope isn't strong enough.
* AdaptationalModesty: Inverted with the Fall Princess, who proudly displays her boobs and her bush. The original tales don't go into detail.
* BittersweetEnding: On one hand, the dragons have been killed, balance restored, love found. On the other, the closing words mean this is a never-ending cycle. Another sad vision is shown during the credits: the world may become a polluted, metropolitan hellscape, or in the director's own words, ''America''.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The princesses.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Kőmorzsoló.
* ChromaticArrangement: Yellow for Fanyűvő, blueish-green for Vasgyúró, red for Kőmorzsoló. Also holds for the the princesses.
* CompositeCharacter:
** In most versions of the original folk tale (including László Arany's), Fehérlófia and Fanyűvő are separate characters.
** The film tells us that Fehérlófia's mother is an ancient, dethroned goddess, the Snow Queen, and the Kapanyányimonyók is his father, the Rain King, in disguise. In Arany's telling of the tale, deities aren't explicitly referred to, the King is a human ruler, and Fehérlófia's only relative is his mother mare. Looking at it from another angle, the film's characters are closer to the depictions seen in other variations of the tale, primarily the one called ''Fanyűvő, Vasgyúró, Hegyhengergető'' -- however in this version, Fanyűvő's mother is a human woman instead of a horse.
* DamselInDistress: The princesses. Somewhat subverted with the third, as she actually helps the hero defeat the dragon holding her captive.
* DarkIsEvil: All the dragons are colored a dark shade.
* DerangedAnimation
* DragonsPreferPrincesses: All three dragons keep a princess captive.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The dragons.
* GagPenis: The name of Hétszűnyű Kapanyányimonyók, AKA the Kapanyelű Facika, is usually translated as "Seven-Hearted Lobahobgoblin" in English versions of the tale. In actuality, his name is a combination of archaic Hungarian words that in essence mean "Huge Balls and Huge Dick". Thankfully, the movie focuses on the length on his beard (itself a masculine symbol) rather than any other bits, though the beard does become Fanyűvő's PhallicWeapon for a while in the film's second half.
* GodCouple: The Rain King and Snow Queen.
* GreenAesop: Shoved in during the end credits, of all places, though not expressed beyond the visuals.
* HeroicBSOD: Fanyűvő has two: A brief one when he kills the first dragon, and another one [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone after he tries to kill his brothers]] because he thinks they betrayed him.
* HistoryRepeats: Was supposed to be the main message of the film, until the censors curtailed it.
* HumongousMecha: The second dragon.
* LightIsGood: Almost all non-evil are drawn in bright colors.
* LivingWeapon: The seven-headed dragon is a 20th century war machine.
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LuddWasRight: The evil dragons represent technological progress.
* MinimalistCast
* {{Mooks}}: The smaller dragons that combine into a chain and a snake.
* NervousWreck: The Spring Princess, who is the representation of woman hysteria. But considering who her husband is...
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: The three dragons symbolize technological advancement, with the most powerful one representing urbanized modernity in general. Hungary's censorship at the time didn't think too kindly of such a message, so the dragon was made into a computerized city, diverting the censors' attention from the criticism of metropolitan life to computerization.
* NoNameGiven: Only the hero and his brothers get nominal importance, however the credits give designations for most other characters, save for the dragons.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: No kidding. The first dragon is a three-headed caveman, the second is a HumongousMecha made of WorldWarII war machines, and the third is a fluid metropolis.
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Mr. Griffin looks like some cosmic entity, his head being a moon and his features being the shadows on the moon.
* {{Patronymic}}: Even though it sounds like one, the white horse is actually his mother, but you wouldn't tell that from the name alone. So... inverted?
* PhallicWeapon: Fanyűvő's sword, not subtle in the least. Also leads to a number of {{visual innuendo}}s.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Unavoidable, given the inconsistent nature of the original folk stories. At first, the movie was meant to combine even more old folk tales, but Hungary's communist censors rejected this proposal and forced Jankovics to focus on adapting only one or two myths. Some people deem the film an InNameOnly adaptation at best, referring to its liberal interpretation of Arany's tale. In reality, the film is an amalgamation of ''Fehérlófia'' and other stories about the same characters. In particular, it's more faithful to the story ''Fanyűvő, Vasgyúró, Hegyhengergető'' than the tale it was named after.
* PowerTrio
* ReallyWasBornYesterday: Not much time seems to pass between Fanyűvő being born, and being able to walk and talk [[JumpedAtTheCall (and trying to run away from home)]]. Possibly justified in a way, since he was born from a horse.
* RuleOfThree: Three brothers, three princesses, three dragons...
* ScreamingWarrior: Vasgyúró seems to be this.
* SealedEvilInACan: The dragons, before the princesses let them out.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: That business with Hétszűnyű Kapanyányimonyók asking for porridge could have been this… except he still wants to beat Fanyűvő when he tells him not to eat all of it. But then again, Fanyűvő did find the entrance to the Underworld as a result.
* SnakesAreSinister: The giant snake that threatens the gryphon's chicks. It's a recurring but rare entity in the tales the movie takes inspiration from, for instance in Arany's more famous version of the story, bad weather takes the place of the snake.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Fehérlófia kills Vasgyúró in Arany's retelling of the story, and Kőmorzsoló and Fanyűvő simply die of fright upon being informed about this. In this film, Fehérlófia ''is'' Fanyűvő, and he spares his two brothers' lives.
* StaticCharacter: In theory, everyone. The director purposely wanted to avoid character development, arguing that folk story heroes are constant heroes with unchangeable roles in their tales. However, Fehérlófia does receive some development at the very and, when he spares his brothers instead of resorting to his usual violent tactics.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Fall Princess is extraordinarily underdressed in her Underworld home, and even her regal outfit leaves her breasts bare.
* WarIsHell: The second dragon has the body of a tank, and uses {{BFG}}s.
* WorldOfSymbolism
* WorldTree
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