In 2017 you can consult the blog by Jez Stewart of the BFI, join the discussion and add your own memories of the studio: http://halasbatchelor75.co.uk/
The wonderfully restored collection of 18 of Halas & Batchelors' best ever short films is available on DVD and Blueray, Animal Farm has never looked so good since it's restoration and there are great books about the studio to buy online so don't hold back. Just go to the DVD and books pages and order now!
01 February to 31 May
Max und Moritz in Mexico City
Based on the drawings of the German satirist Wilhelm Busch, Halas & Batchelor made this much loved series about the antics of two naughty boys, Max and Moritz in 1967
07 March to May 2017
A celebration of animation in Stroud at the
Museum in the Park
After the death of leading animator Harold Whitaker in 2013 his family kindly donated an Acmiola sound and editing machine that came from the Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Studio in Stroud. The museum's new acquisition will form part of a display to tell the story of animation in Stroud.
There will be workshops by a local artist inspired by some of the animation cels from the studio. An exciting way to celebrate their new project.
04 April 2017
Know Your Europeans at the London Animation Film Club
Know Your Europeans was John Halas' last film project: a feature film that celebrated European Union composed of short films, each about a different European country and made by a different animation team. In the end only Bob Godfrey's film Know Your Europeans - UK was ever released and only Bob's film, Christoph Simon's film for Germany and the film trailer were ever completed - although several of the others exist in one form or another. This will be the first time all of those will be screened together.
The proposed films were:
Belgium (An Vrombaut)
LAC regulars Emma Calder and Ged Haney worked on the Germany film and our old friend Kevin Baldwin animated the UK film. John Halas' daughter Vivien Halas and Jez Stewart of the BFI will introduce the evening.
04 April 2017
Animal Farm in San Francisco
3117 16th St.
San Francisco, CA94103
On April 4th, many independent American cinemas are planning to show 1984 as a tribute to GeorgeOrwell and as commentary on the current American political climate. In solidarity but with a unique approach, the Roxie Theater is also bringing Halasand Batchelor's 1954 ANIMAL FARM to San Francisco. Based on Orwell's novel,recently restored yet rarely seen in American cinemas, the beautifully-animated ANIMAL FARM offers even more potent political commentary.
Monday June 5
19hrs to 21hrs
Vivien Halas will introduce an evening of Halas & Batchelor films at the Ipswich film society that will include Animal Farm and a selection of the best short films from the studio.
18 of the best short films
Animal Farm 1954 San Francisco
Automania 2000 in Ipswich
John and Joy 1952
Know Your Europeans 1995