The 1,800 background drawings involved represented in somewhat stylized form a realistic farm setting, while the animals themselves were strongly developed as serious dramatic characters.
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This was especially notable in the extensive series of informational films sponsored by British Petroleum on oil exploration and technology, such as , Britain's first full-length animated entertainment film.
Highly technical instructional films, for example, , extended their range and proved their capacity to match clarity of exposition with design in technological subjects.
They injected both wit and distinctive design into such forbidding subjects as saving scrap metal, turning them into a ballet of movement with the constant collaboration of two celebrated composers, Francis Chagrin and Matyas Seiber.
Their unit made its name during World War II for its imaginative and excellently designed government-sponsored cartoon propaganda and informational films, some 70 of which were produced between 19.
Career: 1928–31—apprentice to George Pal; early 1930s—spent 18 months in Paris, returned to Budapest and taught at Atelier, graphic design school; 1934—opened first animation studio, Halas, Macskasi and Kassowitz; 1936—moved to England; 1970—elected president of International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA); 1975—president of International Animated Film Association (ASIFA); also chairman of the Federation of Film Societies; and contributing editor and film/TV correspondent to . In 1936 he came to England; while working on a cartoon film, , he met Joy Batchelor, who entered films in 1935 as a commercial artist.
John Halas was educated in Budapest and Paris, and originally worked as an assistant to George Pal before establishing himself as an independent animator in 1934.
It was the result of the partnership (and subsequent marriage) of two artists, John Halas and Joy Batchelor.
Died: 1991.1940—Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films formed; 1940–45—made numerous information and propaganda films for British government; 1951–54—produced only feature-length British cartoon, , based on George Orwell novel; 1968—Halas & Batchelor bought by Trident Television; Batchelor and Halas concentrated on individual projects working through their other company, Educational Film Centre; from 1968 to 1972 not responsible for films produced by Halas & Batchelor production company; 1974—Halas & Batchelor sold back to Halas after losing money for corporation. 3, 1995.* * *Halas and Batchelor, the distinguished animation studio, and film research and production center, was established in London in 1940.
Career: 1935—began working in films as artist; 1937—hired as designer and animator to work on ; 1973—retired but continued to act as adviser to animation students at International Film School, London.