Hungarian Folk tales

This next entry is about a series that is close to my heart, but you’ve probably never heard about it before. It is called Hungarian Folk Tales. The series is so iconic that anyone who claims to be Hungarian will recognize the aesthetics and the opening theme. It is deeply ingrained into Hungarian culture.

Hungarian Folk Tales is a cartoon series that depicts folktales from all around the country. Each episode has its own unique decorative style that reflects where the tale originated from. The vivid colors and playful music created many memorable episodes. In 2008, the episode titled How I Passed my Childhood? won first place in the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. The series also garnered international recognition in China and Japan. Hungarian Folk Tales ran from 1980-2012, and it included one hundred, 8-10 minute episodes. The series concluded after 9 seasons. All the episodes are available on YouTube; links below.

The Salt (Princess)

The Salt is the first episode in the series and it also my favorite one. It should give you a good idea about how the episodes are structured. There is folk art and music combined with witty dialogue and humor.

Red, ornamental Hungarian folk art on a tan background. "The Salt" is written in the middle.


It seems like every country has their own Cinderella story. Let me know if you can spot the differences. 😛

Red, ornamental Hungarian folk art on a tan background. "Cinderella" is written in the middle.

Hungarian Folk Tales is not only a charming series, but an important step towards preserving history and culture. I hope that by watching a couple of episodes you will see its value and appreciate it as much as I do.

Did any of the episodes remind you of a story from the region you are from?




Hungarian Folk tales





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