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"He is a child, but he's older than his parents. When Marbas will lift his hand at him, he will be left alone with himself, duel with himself, and lose that fight. Then, a hand many times smaller than his hand will turn Hellberg upside-down, and it will cease to be The Reversed Mountain."
— The prophecy of Marbas' downfall.

The Reversed Mountain, or Dreadfully Titled Movie (pl. Odwrócona Góra, albo Film Pod Strasznym Tytułem) is a Polish animated movie created in 2000 by Jerzy Niemczuk and Leszek Gałysz. It is based on their 13-episode long animated series from 1996, which itself is based on their book, Dreadfully Titled Tale. It tells the story of a magic shapeshifting creature Wił from Tapo Mountains, and his struggle to defeat the evil knight-like Marbati. Escaping from captivity with the help of a gigantic tornado, Wił and three little creatures called Plonki get cast to the farmhouse of Mamuna, Tatun, their son Sonek and grandpa Lesawik. Hilarity Ensues. But the situation becomes dangerous. Hearing of an ancient prophecy that a child will defeat him, Marbas, the leader of the Marbati, orders all children from the land he conquered to be captured and delivered to his castle Hellberg.


The book, series and movie contain the following tropes:

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Played for laughs: Once Wił has his anti-shapeshifting collar removed, he transforms into Lesawik and then into Mamuna, because she was greatly disturbed by his form of a talking dog and refused to accept two Lesawiks. He assumes that she wouldn't mind seeing herself, which makes her complain about her own looks. Finally, he agrees to transform into Sonek, so that the latter and his friend Topek have a companion for kids' games (so it's much more "a form you can play with").
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The captured children belong to all kinds of fairy-tale races of various skin colours.
  • Ambiguously Human: Sonek and his family are the only humans in the story. Were it not for their purple hair...
  • An Aesop: "Before The Marbati came to our lands, we knew no wars or battles.[...] Life was life, death happened from old age or when an unfortunate accident like sudden flood or earthquake happened. Nobody lived to kill, nobody died for the life of others."-Wił
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  • Applied Phlebotinum: Substances invented by Lesawik. Also doubles as Magitek.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Sonek's family keeps hens in their farm. The hens have teeth. Some of them talk.
  • Comic Trio: Plonki. Toko, Pinek and Chobołt. They are mouse-like little people who spread mischief everywhere.
  • Cool Old Guy: Lesawik, Sonek's grandpa, is probably the most energetic member of the family. He builds crazy inventions all the time (he even managed to create a fully functional flying machine!) and invents miraculous substances that can make people disappear, shrink or bloat. One of his ointments can even redirect force from the surface it is applied on, which allows Wił to defeat Marbas.
  • Cool Sword: Marbas wields a large, magical one that can fire energy blasts.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A benevolent one. Wił has no true form of his own, instead taking the forms of various creatures.
  • Erudite Stoner: Latar, Lesawik's old friend, is an elderly blue moose-like creature with a magic light glowing between his antlers, dressed in an old fasioned professor's suit. His manner of speaking makes him sound like he's after some substance use. His absent-minded face doesn't make the situation any better.
  • Evil Overlord: Marbas.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Sonek and his family resemble 19th-century Polish peasants.
    • The Marbati are based on Vikings, with their stereotypical horned helmets. Residing in a castle, however, gives some vague resemblance to German raubrittern, bandit-knights.
  • Fish People: Topicha, Topek and Chlapa sisters live in the river which flows near the farmhouse, and are good friends of Sonek's family. They have blue skin, frog feet, and create puddles of water everywhere they go.
  • Gentle Giant: Gig.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Marbati, with their red, cat-like eyes. Also their spy, Omenter, being a small, hooded, rat-like figure, has a pair of black-and-red eyes that give little children nightmares.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Hellberg- The Reversed Mountain, fortress of the Marbati. Couples with what Wił says about his having been imprisoned there - Marbas may be the Marbati commander, but the true lord of the castle is fear.
  • Large and in Charge: Marbas, the commander of the Marbati, who dwarfs his subjects.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Purslas, fed up with how bad Marbas treats his own soldiers, wants to redirect his bloodlust. First, he lies to him that the Giants of Tytanis want to attack Hellberg, which leads to a raid on the city. Then, he makes up a prophecy to keep him busy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: Marbas' actions turned out really bad for him.
  • Prophecy Twist: Wił in Sonek's form is a child older than his parents. Marbas fights himself, because Wił takes his form. Marbas loses because of Lesawik's oinment which reflects all attacks back at him. And finally, hand many times smaller than his which turns Hellberg upside-down is Gig's, who was shrunk by Lesawik's potion (even when shrunk, Gig still had a mass and strengh of a giant).
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Valefar, Abiger and Foran are Marbas' most trusted generals, and Purslas is his personal advisor. Together, they form a war council.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Wił cannot change his dog form after being captured, because of magical collar put around his neck by the Marbati. He can still talk though.
  • Talking Animal: Lesawik taught one of hens to talk. Wił can also talk in his animal forms.