Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Hófehér, a cartoon that will melt your brains

Hófehér literally means Snow White. And that is pretty much where all similarities begin and end between the film and the beloved Grimm fairy tale.


Hófehér (translated as Slowhite) is a Hungarian cartoon parody of Snow White, released in 1983. It is not, I repeat, NOT suitable for children. On the other hand, it IS chuck full of puns, both visual and linguistic, as well as weirdness that makes some Cartoon Network series cover in shame. 
The girl hero of the movie is created in a lab by the royal court's hedge wizard after the queen is poisoned by her lady in waiting. She is quite the peculiar little magical critter, who grows up in a court full of misfits and creeps, for lack of a better term. She has supernatural strength, and while she is not the brightest person, she definitely is not in any form of danger from the hunter the new queen sends after her. The dwarfs, in turn, are not particularly keen on women, but once she gets them drunk, they are willing to let her stay. Once they sober up though, and see what the girl's good-natured cleaning attempts have done to their home, they personally go and ask the queen to hunt her down. I will not tell you the end of the story, but I promise it is just as weird as the rest of the film.

This is one of those movies Hungarians like to use to creep the heck out of foreigners. We do have a soft spot for its quirky humor and painful puns. It is a work of art, but designed for a very specific cultural taste. That's the entire point. Kind of.

And, more importantly, this one is also available with English subtitles on YouTube. For your viewing pleasure.

3 comments:

  1. It does not sound like this movie is for kids, but as an adult, I must say the part about getting the dwarfs drunk so she can get them to let her stay is hilarious.

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  2. Awesome! I'll have to watch it when I get home. Cartoons for adults are the best kind.

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  3. I am looking for this movie somewhere with English subtitles. Is it available anywhere?

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