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Ágnes Bálint

Emblematic television editor of children’s programmes from the early days of Hungarian television broadcasting, and author of many highly popular animation series, stories and novels for children and youth.

 

Ágnes Bálint (1922-2008) was instrumental in laying the foundations of the Hungarian Television's children programming, starting with the regular televised bedtime stories and the first animation series. She was the script writer of over a dozen children's television series (puppets and animation), the story editor of another 15 series, and the editor of many other children's programmes. A prolific writer with over 35 books to her name, she would regularly publish about one book a year during her broadcasting career; most of the television series she authored were also published as books.

Generations after generations of Hungarian children have grown up watching and reading her timeless stories that are full of characters whose appeal is enduring to this day:

- Cicamica (Pussycat) and Böbe baba (Betsy the Doll) from the Hungarian television’s first very own series for children, the glove-puppet series entitled Mi újság a Futrinka utcában? (“What’s New in Ground Beetle Street?”, first aired in 1961), whose 30-minute monthly instalments in those early and scarce TV days were eagerly anticipated by young and old alike

- Mazsola (Raisin), the green puppet piglet with a ferocious appetite, a permanently muddy snout and a loveable, if self-centered spirit who, together with Manócska (Pixie) and later Tádé (Teddy) the guinea pig, became a young children’s favourite overnight (from 1964)

- The Harum-Scarum Family (Szeleburdi család), loosely based on the author’s own family and evidencing Ágnes Bálint's incisive, yet gentle wit (1968). The book was later turned into a feature film, winning the main prize of the Giffoni International Film Festival in 1982 (director: György Palásthy)

- Frakk, the menace of the cats (1971), and Kukori and Kotkoda, the barnyard’s eternal couple (1970), two animation cartoon series that appeal to adults as much as to children with their witty script

- Vízipók-csodapók, the diving bell spider and his many insect friends featured in yet another popular animated cartoon series, this time focusing on some lesser-loved animals (from 1974).

Kuckó ("Snug"), the Hungarian Television's first programme specifically dedicated to animal and environment protection, was a brainchild of hers. As its editor for 25 years, she was able to bring her love of nature onto the small screen, giving practical advice on looking after animals, as well as innumerable ideas for children ages 6 and up for activities out and about (from 1968).

Some of her books for younger children, such as Labdarózsa (Snowball Tree), A Szitakötők szigetén (On Dragonfly Island), have become classics in their own right, not least thanks to the lovely drawings by famed Hungarian artist Károly Reich.

Ágnes Bálint's books have been translated into various languages, including German, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Latvian, to name just the most recent.

 

 
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