Welcome to the Halas & Batchelor Collection website. Here you can explore the Halas & Batchelor studio, with details about the studio’s history, biographies of key personnelawards and an extensive range of film clips.


Founded in 1940, Halas & Batchelor Cartoons was the largest and most influential animation studio in Western Europe for over 50 years. In that time, they made over 2,000 films and earned an international reputation for fine animation, extending the medium to explain complex ideas with clarity and humour. Their films reflect the social and style changes of half a century and are here for you to discover.

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Halas & Batchelor at 80 

Covid 19  put pay to a number of planned events but we were still able to celebrate  


​Two events to celebrate 80 years of Halas & Batchelor 

On 18 May, we marked 80 years since the founding of the Halas & Batchelor studio with a special live event on Facebook hosted by the London Animation Club - you can view it on the LAC YouTube channel, by clicking here. This was followed by the premiere of Richard Shaw's documentary 'The Animated World of Halas and Batchelor' on SkyArts.

We were delighted that the Hungarian Cultural Centre ran a live broadcast in July of the documentary 'The Animated World of Halas and Batchelor' followed by a Q&A session chaired by Martin Pickles from LAC, with Vivien Halas, daughter of Halas & Batchelor, her brother Paul Halas, Animator Joanna Quinn and Jez Stewart, Curator of Animation for the BFI. The online event was held as part of the Insiders/ Outsiders Festival, and you can watch the Q&A online here. 

A beautiful hard cover edition of 'Animal Farm' featuring Joy Batchelor's illustrations has just been published in Korea by BIR Publishing, South Korea. 

You can view more information and purchase the book from their website (in Korean)

 All texts, unless otherwise credited are © Vivien Halas, 2020

The Halas and Batchelor Collection Limited, 36 Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1HX
Joy Batchelor and John Halas

in Budapest, 1938