With today’s studios doing whatever it takes to make a billion dollars, film fans sometimes look past the idea that cinema is an artistic medium, first and foremost. And when you look at animated features, given massive franchises like “Toy Story” and “Frozen,” it’s really easy to be cynical and chalk up animated films as cash grabs aimed at taking money from families. But we have to remember that animated films, in particular, can be the most artistic cinema of them all, as seen in the classic film “Son of the White Mare.”
To simply explain the premise of “Son of the White Mare” is almost missing the point of the film. However, for the sake of the exclusive new trailer for the upcoming 4K restoration of the animated film that we’re thrilled to share with our readers, we should probably tell you what ‘White Mare’ is about. The film follows the story of a goddess that gives birth to Treeshaker, who is given the task of going on an epic journey to the Underworld to save the universe. But truly, the new trailer shows just how beautiful the animation of the film is and how it looks incredible in the new restoration.
“Son of the White Mare” is directed by Marcell Jankovics and has previously never been released in US theaters. However, thanks to Metrograph and Arbelos Films, audiences will be able to not only watch ‘White Mare’ but will see the film in a new 4K restoration that was created using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos in collaboration with the Hungarian Film Archive.
The new, 4K restoration of “Son of the White Mare” is set to debut at Metrograph in New York City on March 27, with a nationwide expansion happening soon after. You can watch the new trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling white mare goddess gives birth to three heroes – Treeshaker and his brothers – who embark on an epic journey to save the universe. Directed by Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics (famed for his 1974 Oscar-nominated short Sisyphus), Son of the White Mare has been restored in 4K using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos in collaboration with the Hungarian Film Archive.