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Imre Hajdú (Hungarian: [ˈimrɛ ˈhɒjduː]; 26 January 1910 or 1911[1] – 21 October 1989) better known by his stage name Jean Image (French: [ʒɑ̃ imaʒ]) was a Hungarian-French director, script writer and producer of French animation films.

Jean Image
Imre Hajdú

(1910-01-26)January 26, 1910
Budapest, Hungary
DiedOctober 21, 1989(1989-10-21) (aged 79)
Paris, France
OccupationAnimator, Director, Script-writer, Producer
Years active1932–1986
Spouse(s)Eraine Image
France Image

His stage name, "Image" is based upon the French pronunciation of "Im-Haj", the first syllables of his name.[2]

In 1959, he participated in the creation of Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Jean Image was also the author of a book on animation titled "Le Dessin animé : initiation à la technique" (1979).


He emigrated to France in 1932 where he worked on films and eventually produced several shorts on his own. After the war, influenced by the classic style of Walt Disney's films, he became the first French producer of the full-length animated film (Johnny the Giant Killer). In 1948, he founded the Films Jean Image company and in 1960 he devoted himself to producing television cartoon series. Two of these series (Kiri le Clown and Joe), have become very popular.

Personal lifeEdit

His first wife was Eraine Image (born Germaine Suzanne Charvot).[3] He was later married to France Image, with whom he co-wrote his later movies and series.



Year Film Director Producer Notes
1950 Johnny the Giant Killer Yes Debut feature film
1953 Bonjour Paris [fr] Yes
1970 Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse Yes
1973 Joe the Little Boom Boom (Joe petit boum-boum) Yes
1979 Little Orbit the Astrodog and the Screechers from Outer Space (Pluk, naufragé de l'espace) Yes
Les Fabuleuses Aventures du legendaire Baron de Munchausen Yes
1984 Le Secret des sélénites Yes


Year Film Director Producer Notes
1944 Les Noirs jouent et gagnent la révolte des notes Yes Yes short-film
1946 Rhapsodie de Saturne Yes Yes Short-film
1948 Ballade Atomique Yes Yes Short-film
1949 Monsieur Tout-le-Monde Yes Yes Short-film
1954 La Cigale et la fourmi Yes short-film
1955 Monsieur Victor ou La Machine à explorer le temps Yes Short-film
1956 Le Loup et l'agneau Yes Short-film
Un grain de bon sens Yes Short-film
L'Aventure du Père Noël Yes Short-film
1958 La Petite reine Yes Short-film
1974 Le Crayon magique Yes Short-film



  1. ^ "IMAGE Jean". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  2. ^ Orosz, Anna Ida and Orosz, Márton. Vissza a szülőföldre! – IV. rész – Magyarok Franciaországban. FilmKultura. 2011. Archived 2013-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Eraine Albums". Retrieved 2019-03-25.

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