My 2016 MopDog A to Z theme is:
CRAZY HUNGARIAN CARTOONS!
One of Hungary's internationally acclaimed claims to fame is animation. It has a long tradition in the country, and we are darn good at it (well, our animators are. I'm just basking). Hungarian animators worked on such successes as The Secret of Kells, the Mr. Bean animated series, or the Oscar-nominated short film Maestro. At the 1984 Olympiad of Animation in Los Angeles, 2 of the 50 champions and 4 of the 32 finalists were Hungarian.
(You can find a very detailed History of Hungarian Animation here)
And what is even more important (for the MopDog): Hungarian cartoons are imaginative, funny, crazy, and definitely not very well known in the rest of the world.
This April, I aim to change that. After all, international pop culture simply cannot exist any longer without things like:
... a talking dog in an inflatable spaceship
... an owl doctor who occasionally makes heroin
... a chocoholic flightless bird
... a lab-created Snow White
... gangster rats who are ex-ballet dancers.
... or this thing:
Here is what's going to happen:
Every day, I will introduce you to a Hungarian animated movie, cartoon series, or puppet/claymation/stopmotion show. The posts will begin with a short pitch-tagline (written by me), tell you what the shows is about, include some pictures and video links, and in the few cases where an English subbed/dubbed version exists, a link to that as well.
Sadly, most of our classic animated gems have never been circulated in English. This A to Z theme is my attempt at putting the cry out to the Universe: These things are FUN, and I want to gift them to my foreigner friends, so if someone could pick them up for international distribution, that would be great, thank you, and have all my money.
In the meantime, I will supplement the posts with some quotable moments from each cartoon - for all the hipsters out there who wish to throw obscure Eastern European animation references into their everyday conversations.
You are welcome.
See you on April 1st!
(Also, check out my other theme at The Multicolored Diary today: It's about storytelling, representation, and diversity!)