Sándor Reisenbüchler

Sándor Reisenbüchler

Director

Sándor Reisenbüchler (1935-2004) was a Hungarian artist and animator and a key figure in the evolution of Hungarian animation at the great Pannónia Studio. Born in Budapest, Reisenbüchler was a graduate of the capital’s prestigious Academy of Theatre and Film Arts who joined Pannónia in 1965. His predilection for pop-art-inspired paper collage animation seems to have been largely self-taught; often referred to as “the hermit of animation”, he laboured in isolation over his fantastical shorts, which frequently combined folkloric influences with a keen ecological bent and a protean, psychedelic palette. The sway he held over fellow artists was eventually officially recognised in 1993, when he was awarded Hungary’s most prestigious cultural honour, the Kossuth Prize. Reisenbüchler’s animated shorts are often wordless, accompanied by snippets of classical music, and feature a strong ecological bent – as in his miniature classics The Kidnapping of the Sun and Moon (1968), The Age of the Barbarians (1970) and God Bless You, Little Island! (1987).

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