NMHH Media Council: free animated compilation viewable online for Children's Day

Published: 25 May 2019

On the occasion of the upcoming Children's Day, the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) recommends thirty-four animated films and series from among the films that have been supported by the Hungarian Media Patronage Programme, and are currently viewable online. Among other things, those interested can select from folktales, adaptations of nursery rhymes and works presenting space travel, history, scientific subjects or works about family, friendship and urban life.

Folktales and rhyme masterpieces

As an example, A Mesemondó (The Storyteller) may be a good choice for those who like folktales, as it is about storybook characters who spend their days between the pages of long-forgotten books – the Star-eyed shepherd, the youngest princess, or Peter carved of wood –, but comes the day when they decide to escape from the library to follow the Storyteller. One can click on a gipsy tale (Cigánymesék – a cigányasszony meg az ördög (Gypsy tales – the gipsy woman and the devil)), ancient Greek classics (the Esopos fabulái (Aesop's fables) series), or Sioux Indian stories (Kojot és a szikla (Coyote and the Rock), Kojot és a sápadtarcú (Coyote and the Paleface)). Eszterlánc (Flower chain) offers adaptations of nursery rhymes, poems, tongue-twisters, while the Kortárs gyermekversek és dalok (Contemporary nursery rhymes and songs) collection brings to life the lyrics of contemporary artists like Attila Jász or Krisztina Tóth. Paradicsomleves betűtésztával (Tomato soup with alphabet pasta) shows viewers, listeners the feeding rhymes of János Lackfi.

Animal animations, intergalactic adventures, imaginary creatures of strange materials

The educational series Hát (m)ilyenek az állatok (So, this is what animals are like) is based on the illustrations of Ferenc Sajdik, while the Képtelen természetrajz (Impossible Natural History) series rests on the humorous pieces of Lajos Nagy. The tale of István Kormos (Fázó rókafiak (The freezing fox cubs)) centres on a sweet fox family, while Bokorugró mesetár (Bush-leaping stories) tells the secrets of Marcell László’s longicorn beetle. Berti és a terelőkutya (Berti and the shepherd dog) follows the newest adventures of the pink sheep. The episode Csupipupi: A csontmánia (Csupipupi: Bone mania) focuses on the unquenchable longing for bones of a spoiled lapdog. We can encounter a heroic play-dough worm in Gyurmók, while in the Boxi series, the adventures of a paper boy and a carton dog come to life. The fans of space travel will be engaged by Szupermalac és Űrpatkány (Super Pig and Space Rat), who have to save the inhabitants of the Sweet Planet from the smelly star-octopus, just as the first chapter of Űruborkák (Star cucumbers).

Education and experience for fascinated adventurers and plots involving family and friends

The series of Egy komisz kölyök naplója (Diary of a naughty kid) focus on a little boy who always wants to do good things for the ones around him, but his attempts always go wrong. The Hajótöröttek (Shipwrecked) series is for adventurers craving for scientific knowledge. In Szőrmók Ovi (Fuzzy kindergarten), the fuzzy kids learn playfully about the modern world around them. Children and adults can also dig into the thirteen episodes of Városi legendák (Urban legends), in which the creators wittily balance on the thin line between reality and fiction. In the Borka és a varázsruha (Borka and the magic dress) series a little girl can ask for the help of different animals from her dress decorated with folk art. A unique perspective on family relations is reflected in the animation Három nagymamám volt (I had three grannies). The story of Lajos és Laci (Lajos and Laci) draws attention to the appreciation of little things and friendship. Lilly és a torta (Lilly and the cake) reveals the adventures of a cow living in a big city along with her elephant friend.

Phenomenal fairy tales, followed by real historical tours

The third season of the Bogyó és Babóca (Berry and Dolly) series continues the story of the friendship between the snail boy and the ladybird girl. The first chapter of the Janó Manó és az elveszett harmatcseppek (Janó the elf and the lost dewdrops) series, as well as the first episode of Hoppi mesék (Hoppi tales) leads us into fairyland. In Egy kupac kufli (A Heap of Crosconts), we can meet wonderfully entertaining and likeable creatures. The tales of Ervin Lázár come to life in the Bab Berci (Bean Berci) series, and in the chapters Szörnyeteg Lajos, jaj, de álmos (Monster Louis, Oh, So Tired) and Maminti, a kicsi zöld tündér (Maminti, the Little Green Fairy) of A Négyszögletű Kerek Erdő (The Four-square Round Forest).

The episode entitled Az Árpádok emlékezete – III. Béla király (Memories of the Arpad dynasty – King Béla III) invites us to discover the reality of ancient times, while in the Csataterek (Battlefields) series, the viewers can view the 3D reconstructions of memorable encounters. The work Régi váraink új fényben (Old castles in a new light) invites us to virtual castle tours, where live action segments are fused with computer techniques.

The free animated compilation of Media Patronage Programme animations viewable online with specific links can be found on the blog site of the NMHH Media Council: