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Halas & Batchelor Part one

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In 1932 John Halas (János Halász) formed his first film studio with Gyula Macskássy in Budapest. His involvement with animation evolved from his work with George Pal (György Pál Marczincsak). While working and studying in Budapest Halas became acquainted with László Moholy-Nagy. This encounter was later developed when both were working in London. Due to the lack of business at the studio, Halas left Hungary for a job in Paris where he also continued studies he had begun in Budapest. During this period, Joy Batchelor was an established illustrator producing work for fashion magazines and newspapers in London. After living in Paris, Halas moved to London in 1936 to complete the production of Music Man (1938). It was during this production period that he met Joy Batchelor, who also worked on the film.

John Halas and Joy Batchelor began their graphic design partnership during the pre-war period and then were married in 1940. Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films Ltd was established in 1940 as a formally registered company. They hired a small room in Bush House, Aldwych, on the 18th May 1940, which was the headquarters for the J Walter Thompson advertising agency.

Their work was immediately identifiable by its combination of Disney-style characters and Eastern European aesthetics. The Ministry of Information invited the couple to make wartime public information and propaganda shorts.

Promotional and instructional films made by the studio led to an acceptance of animation as a mode of expression which could engage with mature subjects and serious themes. From 1940 to the late 1950’s the studio was firmly associated with the production of propaganda and public information films. Most of these were shorts and represented a maturity of aesthetic style and imaginative visualisation. The films, usually about 5 minutes long, were written by Alexander McKendrick and fully animated by John Halas and Joy Batchelor with Vera Linnecar, Katherine Houston, Harold Mack and Wall Crook assisting.

The Cartoonist and The Cat 3

Here’s another Davide Zamberlan’s strip.

If you want to read the The Cartoonist and The Cat 1 and 2, please click here.

Halas & Batchelor cronological filmography

We’re continuing our selection of Halas & Batchelor’s short films.

Here’s a cronological list of their non-commercial works:

1938 Music Man
1938/39 The Brave ‘Little’ Tin Solider (uncompleted project)
1940 Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard
1941 Pocket Cartoon
1941 Filling the Gap
1941 Dustbin Parade
1942 Digging for Victory
1943 Compost Heaps (Pathé trailers)
I Stopped, I Looked (trailer)
Model Sorter
War Bonds (Pathé trailers)
Look out in the Black Out (Pathé trailers)
Early Digging (Pathé trailers)
Nine Men (animation effects for Ealing Studios)
Jungle Warfare
1943/45 Abu series
1944 Cold Comfort (newsreel trailer)
From Rags to Stitches (Pathé trailers)
Christmas Wishes (Pathé trailers)
Blitz on Bugs (Pathé trailers)
Careless Talk (Pathé trailers)
Spending Money (Pathé trailers)
Anti-Personnel Bomb (Pathé trailers)
Early April (Pathé trailers)
Domestic Workers (Pathé trailers)
Mrs. Sew and Sew (Pathé trailers)
1945 The Big Top
1944/45 Handling Ships
Export! Export! Export!
Export or Die
Six Little Jungle Boy’s
Tommy’s Double Trouble
Britain Must Export!
Dead of Night (animation effects for Ealing Studios)
Road Safety
1946 Immunize Against Diphtheria
Old Wives’ Tale
The Keys of Heaven
Modern Guide to Health
1946/47 Charley series
1949 Farmer Charley
1947 Pattern for Progress (animation Inserts for Technic Films)
First Line of Defense
This is the Air Force
1948 Magic Canvas
Water for Fire Fighting
Heave Away My Johnny
1949 Tracing the Spread of Infection
A Better Spirit (Part 1 of series Start With What is Under Your Nose)
A Little Forethought (Part 2 of series Start With What is Under Your Nose)
A Well Kept Machine (Part 3 of series Start With What is Under Your
Nose)
The Shoemaker and the Hatter
Submarine Control
Fly about the House
Mortal Shock
Think to the Future
Television Opening
Passport to Pimlico (animation effects for Ealing Studios)
1950 Dollar Gaf (animated inserts for Crown Film Unit)
As Old as the Hills
1950/51 The Earth in Labour
1950 Fowl Play
Fowl Play
British Army at Your Service
1951 Catalysis
Moving Spirit
1951 Poet and Painter Series
1951/4 Animal Farm
1952 We’ve Come a Long Way
The Owl and the Pussycat
Linear Accelerator
Service: Garage Handling
Changing Face of Europe (animated titles)
Cinerama Holiday (Continuity sequences)
Power to Fly
Coastal Navigation and Pilotage
The Figurehead
1954 Martin Luther
Down a Long Way
Refinery at Work
Early Days of Communication
Know your Allies (animated titles)
Pilgrims Progress (not produced)
Conquest of Everest (animation effects)
1954/5 The Sea of Winslow Homer
1955 The World that Nature Forgot
Animal Vegetable Mineral
Basic Fleetwork
Sniffles and Sneezes (animation inserts)
Refinery at Work
POPEYE series
Private’s Progress (Animated titles)
1955/56 The Aluminum Story
1955 Mr. Finley’s Feelings (animated inserts)
1956 The World of Little
The Candlemaker
To Your Health
Speed the Plough
1956/7 History of the Cinema
1956 Think of the Future
To Open the Worlds to the Nations – Suez Canal
Some Diseases of the heart and Circulatory System (animation insert)
Invisible Exchange
1957 Midsummer Nightmare (uncompleted project)
Open Window (animated titles)
Legend of the Lost (animated effects)
Granada Television Symbol
All Lit
1958 The First 99 (animated inserts)
The Christmas Visitor
Dam the Delta
Speed the Plough
Follow that Car
Best Seller (for Shell Petroleum Company)
Paying Bay
Early Days of Communication
1959 Rude on the Road
ABC Television Symbol
Armchair Theatre Titles
How to be a Hostess (live action)
Man in Silence
Charlotte’s Web (not produced)
Piping Hot
The Energy Picture
For Better for Worse
1959-60 Foo Foo (series)
1960 SNIP AND SNAP (series)
History of Inventions
The Brides of March
Road Hog – Don’t Be Rude On The Road
Wonder of Wool
Once More with Feeling (animated titles)
Guns of Navarone (excerpts, map effects)
1960-61 The Thief of Baghdad (animation effects for Titanus Film)
1961 The Monster of Highgate Pond (live action)
Lees Bar
Hamilton the Musical Elephant
Hamilton in the Music Festival
1961/69 8mm CONCEPT FILMS: BIOLOGY (series)
1961/69 8mm CONCEPT FILMS: MATHS (series)
1962 Barnaby – Father Dear Father (1962) 5min
Barnaby – Overdue Dues Blue (1962) 11min
The Showing Up of Larry the Lamb
The Romance of the Juke Box
1963 Weave me a Rainbow
Automania 2000
The Axe and the Lamp
Red Spotted Ball
1964 The Tale of the Magician
Ruddigore (feature)
Living Screen: Is there Intelligent Life on Earth
Paying Bay (for Shell)
Follow That Car
THE TALES OF HOFFNUNG (series)
MARTIAN IN MOSCOW (series)
DODO (series)
1966 ICOGRADA Congress (live action)
CLASSIC FAIRY TALES series
Matrices
Dying for a Smoke
Deadlock
Flow Diagram
Linear Programming
1966/67 LONE RANGER (37 episodes)
1967 The Question
What is a Computer?
Girls Growing Up
Mothers and Father
Colombo Plan
The Commonwealth
1968 Bolly: A Space Adventure
Functions and Relations
1969 Small World: Henry & Henriette
Henry & Henriette in The Seven Stages of Marriage
Measure of Man
To Our Children’s Children’s Children
1970 Short Tall Story
The Five
Wot Dot
Flurina
TOMFOOLERY (17 episodes)
This Love Thing
The Five
1971 Children and Cars
Football Freaks
The Condition of Man (series)
1972 THE ADAMS FAMILY (17 episodes)
THE JACKSON FIVE (17 episodes)
THE OSMONDS (17 episodes)
1973 Children Making Cartoons (live action)
BRITAIN NOW (series) (live action)
Contact
Making Music Together
1973-74 Kitchen Think
EUROPEAN FOLK TALES (series of 33 films from different countries)
1973 The Glorious Musketeers
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix
1974 Carry on Milkmaids
Butterfly Ball
1975 How Not to Succeed in Business
Life Insurance Training Film
1976/78 Max and Moritz (feature and separate episodes)
1976 Skyrider
1977 Making it Move (live action)
Noah’s Ark (project not completed)
The Three Musketeers
1978 WILHELM BUSCH ALBUM (series)
1979 Bravo for Billy (Sport Billy)
Ten for Survival
Autobahn
Dream Doll (directed by Bob Godfrey)
1980 Instant Sex (directed by Bob Godfrey)
BioWoman (directed by BobGodfrey)
Bible Stories
1981 Heavy Metal (“Grimaldi” and “So Beautiful and So Dangerous” stories in feature film)
A Cat is A Cat
Dilemma
First Steps: Caring For the Very Young
1982 The Adventures of Blip: Mechanical Dog
1983 King Rubic: The King’s Cold
1984 Growing Up: A Guide to Puberty
Doctor in the Sky
Great Masters: A New Vision: Botticelli
1986 Great Masters: A New Vision: Leonardo da Vinci
Great Masters: A New Vision: Toulouse-Lautrec
1987 The Players
Masters of Animation (series)
1990 A Memory of L. Moholy-Nagy
1996 Know your Europeans project
1996 Know your Europeans UK (directed by Bob Godfrey)
1996 Know your Europeans Germany (directed by Christoph Simon)
Quartet
Up
Let it Bleed
It Furthers One to Have Somewhere to Go
Xeroscopy
Discovery of America
This Love Thing (includes Pilot version)
Together for Children
Tide Tables
The Big Sneeze (project not produced)
Elementary Physics: The Action of
the Lever I, II, III., The Inclined Plane, The Screw
Animal Behaviour series (film loops)
The Mussel
The Sea Urchin
The Kittiwake
Animal Conference
Captain Cook’s Travels
The Choice
First Aid: Bleeding, Scalds
The Way to Security
Think of the Future
Alice in Chinaland (not produced)
Water Safety
Seagram

65th Golden Globe Award Winners

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Atonement

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

JULIE CHRISTIE

Away from Her

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS

There Will be Blood

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

MARION COTILLARD

La Vie en Rose

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

JOHNNY DEPP

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Ratatouille

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
– FRANCE AND USA

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

CATE BLANCHETT

I’m Not There

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

JAVIER BARDEM

No Country for Old Men

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

JULIAN SCHNABEL

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

ETHAN COEN & JOEL COEN

No Country for Old Men

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

DARIO MARIANELLI

Atonement

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“GUARANTEED” — Into The Wild

Music & Lyrics by: Eddie Vedder

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

MAD MEN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

GLENN CLOSE

Damages: The Complete First Season

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

JON HAMM

Mad Men

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Extras

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

TINA FEY

30 Rock

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

DAVID DUCHOVNY

Californication

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Longford

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

QUEEN LATIFAH

Life Support

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

JIM BROADBENT

Longford

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

SAMANTHA MORTON

Longford

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

JEREMY PIVEN

Halas & Batchelor at Future Film Festival

Tomorrow the 10th edition of Future Film Festival begins. If you can’t watch the screening dedicated to John Halas and Joy Batchelor, don’t worry!

In these days I’ll show you some of their best short films!

Here ‘s the list of Halas & Batchelor’s short films you can watch at Future Film Festival:

The Owl and the Pussycat by John Halas, Brian Borthwick, 1952; Figurehead by John Halas, Joy Batchelor, 1953; The History of the Cinema by John Halas, 1957; FooFoo The Stowaway by Harold Whitaker, John Smith, Tony Guy, Terry Harrison, Regno Unito, 1960; Cultured Ape by John Halas, Harold Whitaker, Tony Guy, 1960; Snip and Snap, Top Dogs by John Halas, Tock, 1960; Snip and Snap, Snap Shots by John Halas, Tock, 1960; Hamilton in the Music Festival by John Halas, 1961; The Symphony Orchestra by Harold Whitaker, 1964; Autobahn by Roger Mainwood, 1979; Butterfly Ball by Lee Mishkin, 1974; Dilemma by John Halas, 1981.

Online film critics’ society award 2007

On December 24, 2007 the Online film critics’ society announced the 2007 nominees. The final ballots of OFCS awards go out on January 1-7, 2008. The winners should be anoounced on January 8, 2008, instead the ceremony was held on January 11, 2008:

Best Film: No Country for Old Men

Best foreign Language Film: The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Best Documentary: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters by Seth Gordon

Best Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will be Blood

Best Actress: Ellen Page, Juno

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There

Best Ensemble: No Country for Old Men

Actor of the Year: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages

Breakthrough Film Artist: Sarah Polley, Away from Her

Best Screenplay – Original: Diablo Cody, Juno

Best Screenplay – Adapted: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Animated Film: Ratatouille by Brad Bird

Best Cinematography: Óscar Faura, The Orphanage

Best Score: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once

Best Overlooked film: Air Guitar Nation by Alexandra Lipsitz

Who I Am and What I Want (2005)

Who I Am and What I Want is a 7 minute animated short directed by Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley in 2005. It’s based on the David Shrigley book of the same title.

The quirky funny black and white animation was commissioned in 2004 by the Animate! project. It was co-directed by David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd and animated by Alan Andrews, Siren Halvorsen, Ellen Kleiven.

David Shrigley’s book of the same title had a story which featured a narrative and a fictional autobiography. No aspect of his insignificant life, as he deems it, is spared: Pete shares his deepest and darkest wishes, fears and thoughts. It is the story of a man who bares his emotions, history, hang ups and desires in all of their dysfunctional absurdity and then leaves us to assemble not only his identity but to question our own. Despite his eccentricities, a very strange paternal relationship and a spell in the nuthouse, Pete’s really one of us.

A psychoanalitical story which won more than ten short film awards.

It’s a unique, weird and short film.Who I Am and What I Want will surprise you, because you’re not sure what’s going to happen: you could be scared of it, or you could really connect with it!

Critics’ choice awards 2007

On December 11, 2007 the BFCA members announced the Critics’ Choice Awards nominees. The final ballots go out to the BFCA members on January 3, 2008. The 13th annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony was held on January 7, 2008, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium:

Best Picture
No Country for Old Men

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will be Blood

Best Actress
Julie Christie – Away from Her

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone

Best Acting Ensemble
Hairspray

Best Director
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men

Best Writer
Diablo Cody – Juno Best Animated Feature
Ratatouille

Best Young Actor
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada – The Kite Runner

Best Young Actress
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray

Best Comedy Movie
Juno

Best Family Film
Enchanted

Best Picture Made for Television
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Best Documentary
Sicko

Best Foreign Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Song
“Falling Slowly”, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Once

Best Composer
Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood

The Cartoonist and the Cat

Davide Zamberlan is an Italian cartoonist. So far he has issued the graphic novel Intermezzi (Tumuè, 2005) and the collected issues of his strip Il vecio della montagna: Bhè… sempre meglio che lavorare… (Lilliput, 2004), Fumettisti si diventa… fumettari si nasce! (Lilliput, 2005) and Fumettista sull’orlo di una crisi di nervi… (Lilliput, 2005). He won the Italian comics competition Otto tavole per Mondo Naif with the short comic Il viaggio, which revealed his classic and soft style to the world.

Un dimanche après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande Jatte

One of the most famous of Seraut’s paintings. It’s very important because it’s the first experiment which invokes opticals principles in support of his technique: the dotted brushwork. This technique creates a visual shimmer through partial optical mixture while the border of this canvas creates a contrast to the scene