Halas & Batchelor for A.B.C. animation:
cel animation episodes:
6 x 6mins
foibles and follies of human nature are explored here in six short
Halas & Batchelor. Thus
we have the tale of "The Insolent Matador" in which
the canniving bullfighter Gomez is unmasked
as a cad who only fights
The best known film here, "The Cultured
Ape", features a highly-educated and
sophisticated primate musing on the failings
of our modern culture. The film won
1st Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Unlike other toons at the time, this early
A.B.C.commission was aimed at a
more mature audience. The series takes
its name from the production company,
of course, and from the innovative animation
technique employed, because the
film makers used the self-titled HABA
Cellgraph system. This was a time-saving
and cost-cutting method of drawing directly
on to cels, rather than tracing from
line drawings (although, the
that the films were still tightly
storyboarded and segmented).
The same technique was also used to produce
The tale of a bullfighter, who will
only fight short-sighted bulls.
The Cultured Ape
A sophisticated ape is disillusioned
by modern culture.
The Lion Tamer
Who is more scared, the lion tamer or
the lion he tames?
A wrestler has a hidden weakness...
I Wanna Mink
What happens when a henpecked husband
caves in to his demanding wife?
The Widow and the Pig
A widow has to sell her beloved pig.
1959 Venice Film Festival - 1st Prize
- "The Cultured Ape"
Halas & Batchelor Cartoon
Halas, Harold Whitaker, Tony Guy producer: John
Halas script: Mike
Cole, Alan Smith design: Alan
Smith music: Matyas
Seiber editor: Jack
King sound: Jack
Harold Whitaker, John
Warren Michell (The Widow and the
Wanamaker (I Wanna Mink)
The official site with info
on their magnificent catalogue, details of the
studio history, awards, availability
and clips to view too...
The Surrey-based centre have an
extensive Halas & Batchelor
collection, with lots of info