Pannonia Film Studio (originally spelled as Pannónia Filmstúdió) is a Hungarian animation film company. Being the only animation company in Hungary until the 1990s, it is notable for producing the majority of Hungarian animated shorts, television series and full-length films, many classic examples of Eastern European Animation (both traditional 2D animation and Stop Motion).
The studio began its work as a division of the Hungarian Film Production Company in the 1950s, becoming independent in 1957. The peak of the studio's work was in the '70s and '80s, when it released the films for which it is most remembered. Their animated short The Fly (A légy) won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1981. In the 1990s, when numerous western animated shows were imported to Hungary, the company couldn't keep up with the competition. Since then, they haven't produced any big hit, and struggle with financial problems. They are also notable for producing most Hungarian dubs, many of which are fan favorites.
Animated films produced by Pannonia Film Studio:
- Johnny Corncob (1973)
- Hugo The Hippo (1973)
- Lúdas Matyi (1977)
- Foam Bath (1979)note
- Moto Perpetuo (1981)
- Son of the White Horse (1981)
- Vuk the Little Fox (1981)
- Háry János (1983)
- Time Masters (1982)
- Heroic Times (1984)
- Hófehér (1984)
- The Treasure Of Swamp Castle (1985)
- Long Live Servatius (1986)
- Cat City (1986)
- Az erdő kapitánya (1988)
- Willy the Sparrow (1988)
- Felix the Cat: The Movie (1989)
- Dragon and Slipper (Sárkány és Papucs) (1990)
- The Princess and the Goblin (1992)
- The Seventh Brother (1995)
- Song Of The Miraculous Hind (2002)
- Cat City 2 (2007)
- The Tragedy of Man (2011)
- Gustavus (Gusztáv, 1966-1979)
- A Mézga család különös kalandjai (1968-69, 1974, 1978)
- Kerem A Kovetkezot (1974)
- Vízipók-Csodapók (1976-1985 as a series, 1982 as a feature-length Compilation Movie)
- Magyar Népmesék (1977 - 2007)
- Misi Mókus kalandjai (released as a series in 1980 and as a feature-length film in 1982)
- The Rabbit with the Checkered Ears (A kockásfülű nyúl, 1978)
- A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász (1982 - 1984)
- Pumuckl (1982 - 1989)
- Leó és Fred (1984)
- Canon Discontinuity: Unlike the rest of the films (most of which are beloved classics in Hungary), Felix the Cat: The Movie is based on a franchise almost unknown in Hungary, and it only received a very belated, overlooked release in its country of origin. It is practically never mentioned by its creators.
- Compilation Movie: Often, television series they produced were cobbled together into feature-length films for cinematic release. This happened to Vízipók-Csodapók and to Misi Mókus kalandjai, for example. Vuk the Little Fox was also initially released as a four-episode Mini Series on television in 1981, but then got a feature-length cinematic release the same year.
- Deranged Animation: Anything done by Marcell Jankovics, one of the studio's most prominent directors.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Averted. Almost every film by them includes one or two characters getting drunk.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Many of their films, such as Dragon and Slipper, Hófehér and Cat City, include a lot of adult-oriented humor.
- Mind Screw: Hófehér. It makes much more sense if you know about communism and the Hungarian regime, but without it, it's hard to figure out the symbolism.