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The Magic Canvas

UK, 1948 (MIFF 1953, Animated Films)

Director: John Halas, Joy Batchelor

Beautiful study in animation giving a lovely play of movement, colour, and music, merging form and idea in a painter's fantasy.

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Shoemaker and the Hatter

A defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours. The hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker ... More »

Painter and Poet, No 4: John Gilpin

Four short films (Nos. 1 and 2 were shown at Olinda) made for the Festival of Britain. Paintings and drawings were specially executed to match the poems. ... Painter and Poet, No. 4: John Gilpin (by ... More »

The Question

The ideological confusion that sets in when one tries to answer fundamental questions in life. ... More »

All Lit Up

Clever calypso verse makes up the accompaniment to yet another colourful and enlightening cartoon film by Halas and Batchelor. ... The story surveys, briefly and wittily, the use of fire for warmth ... More »

The Axe and the Lamp

A diverting and irreverent cartoon which explores Bruegel's painting of the 'Netherlandish Proverbs'. The painting attacks sin with the axe of satire, and illuminates with the lamp of pity. ... More »

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