Director: Marcell Jankovics Run Time: 78 min. Release Year: 1973 Language: Hungarian
Starring: Anikó Nagy, Antal Farkas, Erzsi Pártos, Gábor Mádi Szabó, György Cserhalmi
A visually sumptuous adaptation of Sándor Petőfi’s famed 1845 poem, and the first-ever feature length animated film produced in Hungary, János Vitéz recounts the exploits of strapping young solider Johnny Corncob and his mythic quest to be reunited with Iluska, the great love of his life. Directed by legendary Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics’ (Son of the White Mare, Sisyphus, The Struggle), János Vitéz’s is the product of 22 months work from 130 members of Hungary’s famed Pannonia Film Studio. A marvel of analog animation deeply inspired by George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine, János Vitéz is both a grand adventure and a significant piece of film history.