Animal Farm free online screening

22 September

at the Indiana University Cinema

For Autumn, the IU Cinema is running a season of films with the theme of 'Democracy' to coincide with the 2020 US Presidential Election. 

Find out full details and book your place here.


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.

Automania 2000 in MoMA show

Summer 2021 (dates TBC)

MoMA, New York

The Halas & Batchelor short film will be screened at MoMA as part of an exhibition of the same name. For full information, see the MoMA website.

Timing for Animation update

Tom Sito is working on a fully updated edition of the classic 'Timing for Animation' by John Halas and Harold Whittaker. The update will include a new foreword by the fantastic animator, Joanna Quinn. We hope to announce the date for this soon.

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Animal Farm Collection acquired by SPYSCAPE Museum

We are pleased to announce that the SPYSCAPE Museum has successfully acquired a hither-to unseen collection of Animal Farm artwork that is now available for all to see. 


The sale came about as a former employee from Halas & Batchelor had 'saved' these materials from a skip when the studio was having a clear out in the 1970s. Many years ago he had contacted us to ask what he should do with it all. We suggested that he donate the materials to the BFI, as we had done with most of our archive. However last November he decided instead to put the lot up for £30,000 with Christies as he needed money for his retirement.  When the SPYSCAPE Museum contacted us prior to the sale, and discussed their interest, it was great news that the cels and drawings would be restored, cherished and available for the public to see. You can learn more about the museum at their website and read about their Animal Farm 

acquisition, here

Malavida in France is about to bring out their new collection of classic films to include Animal Farm, with all kinds of new bonus material. We hope to announce the date for this soon.

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. 

The Palm Court Orchestra at the 

Palm Court Team Room

Date to be confirmed

at the JPK Project, 39 - 41 Church St, Eastbourne, BN21 1HP

Due to the Covid19 outbreak, this event will be rescheduled later in the year. We will update on this page as soon as we have news!

An evening of light-hearted musical cartoons from Halas & Batchelor. Cash bar and tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be available during the interval. 

All tickets £5 in advance, available from the JPK project.

Animal Farm screening

28 September, 7 - 11pm

at Mupa Budapest

This screening is being presented as part of Mupa's 'Bridging Europe' programme, linking the UK with Hungarian culture. 

Find out full details and book your ticket here.


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

The Halas and Batchelor Collection Limited, The Old Library, Albion St, Lewes, BN7 2ND, UK
Animal Farm (1954)