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Films By John Halas

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 and comfort since the days of the Romans. ... Read more
This adaptation of George Orwell's famous political fable is the first major attempt to use the animated film as a means of telling a serious and adult story. As a considerable feat of animation &ndash: there are 750 scenes and some 30,000 drawings &ndash: the production must be deemed a landmark ... Read more
The experience of a car journey in the form of abstract imagery. An attempt to blend animation, movement, colour and sound in order to emphasise the musical highlights of Kraftwerk's famous composition. ... Read more
A sardonic caitoon which elaboiates upon the wonders and advantages of automation. The height of civilisation is finally reached with the invention of the car which can reproduce itself. ... Read more
A father reveals, with great embarrass­ment, the facts of life to his son. ... Read more
Selected comments by children show that the motor car has now become accepted as an integral part of the family unit. Child-like drawings illustrate their remarks; the film then gradually expands into an animated cartoon world of fantasy. ... Read more
One of the world's first fully-digitized, computer-animated films. ... Read more
A 12-year-old girl on holiday in the Swiss Alps rescues a small wild bird from the claws of an eagle. The tender relationship between the two is charmingly narrated in animation and colour, revitalizing a famous children's story from Central Europe. ... Read more
Taking an average viewer as its champion, this cartoon demonstrates satirically how television can be a pleasure and a source of information or, if taken in too large a dose, can mesmerize and engulf the viewer. ... Read more
A paper sculpture film telling how Top Dog, a rocket inventor, uses various tricks to inveigle Snap into going to the Moon and their subsequent adventures after he persuades him there is a bone there. ... Read more
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 William Cowper. Narrator: Cecil Trouncer. Drawings: Ronald Searle). Produced by John Halas for the ... Read more
The film shows how not to run a business, with the aid of Parkinson's Law, invented by Sir Norman Parkinson. ... Read more
An illustrated discourse on bathing through the ages. Inventive design and a deadpan commentary add to the enjoyment. ... Read more
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 believes in mass production, but finds that trade restrictions and tariff barriers prevent him from ... Read more
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. ... Read more
A cartoon film which belongs wholly to the spirit of a child's Christmas. Having entered in traditional fashion by the chimney and filled the children's stockings, Father Christmas rests his weary shoul­ders and enjoys a supper laid for him. The toys in his sack now unwrap themselves and come ... Read more
This cartoon tells of a flute-playing ape, who in his tree in the jungle dreams of leading a civilised life among people who appreciate music. ... However, after being introduced into society he finds that the standards of civilisation are not as high as his own and he returns disillusioned to the ... Read more
The History of the Cinema presents a humourous record of moving pictures from the earliest beginnings to today. ... Read more
An unsuccessful matador achieves the downfall of his rival — whose renown depends updn the shortsightedness of his bulls — by placing a pair of spectacles on the animal in the arena. ... Read more
Beautiful study in animation giving a lovely play of movement, colour, and music, merging form and idea in a painter's fantasy. ... Read more
The ideological confusion that sets in when one tries to answer fundamental questions in life. ... Read more
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