Gustav (film series)
|Country of origin||Hungary|
|No. of episodes||120|
|Running time||6 minutes (1964-1968)|
7 minutes (1975-1979)
|Production company(s)||Pannonia Film Studio|
|Original network||Hungarian TV|
|Original release||1961 –|
Gustav, also known as Gustavus, (Hungarian Gusztáv, 1961-1979) was Hungarian series of animated short cartoons (5 minutes) for adults. It was extremely popular in Eastern Europe, where it has achieved cult status.
Each episode tells an adventure of the main character, Gustav, related to the gray realities of urban life. Characteristic feature of the show was that episodes were independent: for example, Gustav is sometimes a bachelor, sometimes has large family. In Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia the episodes were broadcast on TV in the 80s, usually as airtime filler. The series was also broadcast in Western Europe and even in New Zealand - because it was not using language, other than gibberish sound, it was able to easily transcend boundaries. In 2013 and 2014, Gusztáv was again broadcast in Croatia, on national television, usually as an airtime filler. However, over 40 episodes were broadcast between films in special Christmas/New Year film marathons.
Episodes and character development
The first series (68 episodes) was made between 1964 and 1968 for silver screen. The second series (52 episodes) was made between 1975 and 1979 for TV. Pannonia Film Studio produced the series. The main character, Gustav, had a precursor in 1961, in 8 minute cartoon Passion by Nepp József, in which the main character tries to quit smoking. Trio of well respected and award-winning authors, Dargay-Nepp-Jankovics, was responsible for the development of the quirky show.
In Hungary, some episodes were released on DVD.
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