Hungarian animation in Stuttgart

The exhibition entitled Hungarian Animation 100 can be seen in Stuttgart at the Hungarian Institute in connection with the 26th International Trickfilm Festival, one of the most outstanding events for animated film worldwide. The exhibition was opened by Secretary-General of HAA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera and a welcome speech was given by József Fülöp, the rector of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) on 2 May 2019. The special display can be visited until 20 May 2019.
Hungarian Animation 100 consists of the historical milestones, the most important films which remain favorites today, the development of the techniques, and the lives of the artists of this colourful and captivating story of animation film in Hungary.
Hungarian animation goes back to a hundred years with outstanding works. It gave us film stars whose popularity has not diminished among audiences, including the Little Rooster, Gustavus, the Little Fox, the Mézga Family and secret agent Grabowski. Although animation filmmakers usually are less well-known than feature film directors, one hardly need introduce such artists as Gyula Macskássy, Attila Dargay, József Nepp, Ottó Foky, Béla Ternovszky, Ferenc Cakó, Ferenc Rófusz, Csaba Varga or Géza M. Tóth, not to mention renowned animation artists like Marcell Jankovics, the vice president of the HAA or Líviusz Gyulai and István Orosz, both members of HAA.
The 100 year-old history of Hungarian animation started with the cartoon films of István Kató-Kiszly in 1914. Continuous animation film production was launched by the applied animation studio founded by Gyula Macskássy in Budapest in the 1930s. By the 1950s the state-run Pannonia Filmstudio became the primary institute of the golden era of Hungarian animation until 1989. As of the late 1960s, TV-series and animation features were continuously created, while the artistic short films won recognition at international festivals. For instance, The Fly was the first Hungarian film to be given an Oscar.
Despite the difficulties, the past 25 years has been rich in cult films and international successes, for instance the Oscar nominated Maestro, the Annecy Grand Prix-winner District!, or the 100 episode-long Hungarian Folktales. Recently animation production of TV-series has taken a new start thanks to the new public grants, while the most prestigious prizes have been garnered by the students of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest.
May 15, 2019