Attila Dargay

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Attila Dargay
Born June 20, 1927
Died October 20, 2009(2009-10-20) (aged 82)
Occupation Animator

Attila Dargay (June 20, 1927 – October 20, 2009) was an animator from Hungary. He was born in Mezőnyék.


He began working as a scenery painter for the Hungarian National Theatre in the late 1940s. Hedirected such animations productions as Hajra, Mozdony! (1972), Mattie the Goose-boy (1977), The Little Fox (1981), Szaffi (1983), and Captain of the Forest (1988).[1] He studied at the College of Fine Arts in Budapest until 1948 when he was discharged because of political reasons. From 1951 he worked as a stage setting painter at Hungary's National Theatre, and in parallel he worked as a trainee on animated films, from 1954 he worked as a cartoon planner. He became an animated-film director in 1957, his first independent director-piece being the Don't give in little man! (Ne hagyd magad emberke!)[2] in 1959. He started working at the then formed Pannonia Film Studio in 1957. His films are popular among both children and adults. He is also author of several animated books and comic strips. His best known strip figure is dog Kajla (Kajla kutya). His good humour reflects in all his works, which made all generations laugh among his audience. In 2008 his most known animated movie was re-filmed by György Gát, but Dargay did not approve using his original characters because he did not agree with the spirit of the new movie. He died a year later, aged 82 in Budapest.[3][4][5]

Selected films[edit]


  • Dióbél királyfi (1963)
  • A három nyúl (1972)
  • Hajra, Mozdony! (1972)
  • Mattie the Goose-boy (Lúdas Matyi (1977))
  • Vuk (1981)
  • Szaffi (1984)
  • Captain of the Forest (Az erdő kapitánya (1988))
  • Dragon and Slippers (Sárkány és papucs (1989))
  • A préri pacsirtája (1991)



  • Willy the Sparrow (Vili, a veréb) (1989)


  1. ^ M., Harris; III, Lentz. Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2009: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 129–130. ISBN 978-0786441747. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ "NE HAGYD MAGAD, EMBERKE! - Film / Movie". Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  3. ^ Meghalt Dargay Attila (in Hungarian)
  4. ^ Origo. "Elhunyt Dargay Attila, a Vuk alkotója". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  5. ^ "Elhunyt Dargay Attila" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2017-09-14.

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