Part one of a three part examination of the work of the Halas & Batchelor Cartoon company at the time of their 40th anniversary.
Clip from Animal Farm. Intro from Chris Kelly, who introduces Roger Manvell author of the book Art and Animation. RM talks about his relationship with JH and H&B, and the importance of the company and their ambitions. Asked about a film he particulalry remembers and significant and he talks about "The Wonder of Wool".
Interviews JH on his start in animation industry in Hungary - his influences in seeing Silly Symphonies [Extracts Three Little Pigs] and apprenticeship with George Pal. After setting up H&B John Grierson took them to the MOI to work towards the war effort [Extracts - Filling the Gap, Dustbin Parade, Handling Ships]. Back to first productions, talk about TRAIN TROUBLE (with extract), and the greater freedoms for directors working in advertising at that time.
Cast & Credits