John Halas
Born16 April 1912
Died21 January 1995(1995-01-21) (aged 82)
Years active1936–1995
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

John Halas OBE (born János Halász;[1] 16 April 1912 – 21 January 1995) was a pioneering British animator. Together with Gyula Macskássy (an acquaintance from Sándor Bortnyik's Bauhaus art studio, Műhely), and Félix Kassowitz, Halász co-founded Hungary's first animation studio, Coloriton, in 1932. Coloriton existed for 4 years, producing animations for cinemas, including Boldog király kincse ("The Treasure of the Joyful King").[2][3] Halász learned his craft under George Pal, but launched his own career in 1934, and two years later moved to England where later, with his wife Joy Batchelor, founded Halas and Batchelor in 1940.[1]

Over the years they made over 70 short subjects during the war, using propaganda from the time. Their best-known film, Animal Farm (1954), was the first full-length animated film made in Great Britain. They also produced a number of animated TV series, including Foo Foo, and Snip and Snap (1960) and the famous music video Love Is All by Roger Glover. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb in 1990.[4] Halas died on 21 January 1995, aged 82.


  1. ^ a b Brian McFarlane The Encyclopedia of British Film, London: Methuen/BFI, 2003, p.48
  2. ^ Orosz, Márton. Vissza a szülőföldre! / Back to the Homeland! Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. 10th Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál (KAFF) 2011. ISBN 978-963-08-1576-5
  3. ^ Orosz, Anna Ida and Orosz, Márton. Vissza a szülőföldre! - I. rész - Halász János - John Halas Archived 12 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine. FilmKultura. 2011.
  4. ^ "Animafest 1990".