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Click here for Nancy Denney-Phelp's fascinating article about the Unsung Women of Animation.

You can read the article by Vivien Halas from April 2020 Jewish Renaissance Magazine by clicking here

There's an insightful article by Dr Emily Munro, from the National Library of Scotland including Joy Batchelor's films about potatoes. You can read the full blog here or watch the YouTube video here


Vivien Halas was delighted to be interviewed for the upcoming documentary, 'British Animation Women Breaking the Mold', about the role of women in the animation industry - a celebration of female talent as well as a look at employment trends. You can view the trailer here.

New edition of Timing for Animation

Tom Sito has created on a fully updated edition of the classic 'Timing for Animation' by John Halas and Harold Whittaker. The update includes a new foreword by the fantastic animator, Joanna Quinn. It was released in February 2021, and you can order your copy here!

Articles and broadcasts


A beautiful hard cover edition of 'Animal Farm' with Joy Batchelor's illustrations has been translated in to Korean

Published by BIR Publishing, South Korea, you can find out more and purchase from their website.


New Collector's edition HD DVD of
'Animal Farm'

from Malavida, France

This includes extra bonus material, including the wonderful comic strip by Harold Whitaker, the vintage 'Stay Tooned' Tony Robinson programme for children 'Down on the Farm', interviews and storyboards, and an educational leaflet. You can find find out more and purchase from their website.


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Animal Farm artwork 

A hither-to unseen collection of Animal Farm artwork was  successfully acquired by SPYSCAPE Museum earlier last year. It is now available for all the see. Learn more about the museum at their website. 

'Music, Migration and Mobility' at The Royal College of Music

27 September 2023, 7.30pm

Performance Hall, £5

Halas & Batchelor experimental short, 'The Magic Canvas' was screened with live music by Mátyás Seiber.

Find out more here


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Halas and Batchelor at the Opera!

We were delighted that an excerpt from 'Animal Farm' was be shown at the Vienna Opera House on Sunday 18 February 2024, to provide context to Alexander Raskatov's opera, which had its Viennese premiere on 28 February.

Find out more here

Halas and Batchelor at BIAF
5-7 April 2024

Brighton Animation Festival is hosting two major Halas and Batchelor events this year - on Sat 6 April, Vivien Halas will be giving a presentation about her parents' work, and on Sun 7 April, there will be a special 70th anniversary 'Animal Farm screening. Vivien is delighted to be judging the Internation category for the festival.  

Find out more here

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