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John Halas (I) (1912–1995)

John Halas was born on April 16, 1912 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He was a producer and director, known for Heavy Metal (1981), Automania 2000 (1964) and Animal Farm (1954). He was married to Joy Batchelor. He died on January 21, 1995 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 82) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Heavy Metal Producer
Automania 2000 Producer
Animal Farm Producer
Players Producer


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 1994 Know Your Europeans: The United Kingdom (Video short) (producer)
 1986 Masters of Animation (TV Series) (producer - 1986)
 1984 Doctor in the Sky (Short) (producer)
 1982 Players (Short) (producer)
 1981 Hurut kkirály fázik (Short) (producer)
 1981 Heavy Metal (sequence producer - segment "Grimaldi")
 1981 Dilemma (Short) (producer)
 1980 Bio Woman (Short) (producer)
 1979 Autobahn (Short) (producer)
 1979 Dream Doll (Short) (associate producer)
 1978 Märchen der Völker (TV Series) (producer)
 1970 Children and Cars (Short) (producer)
 1970 The Five (Short) (producer)
 1970 Ways and Means (producer)
 1967 Dying for a Smoke (Short) (producer)
 1967 Flow Diagram (Short) (producer)
 1967 The Question (Short) (producer)
 1966 Ruddigore (producer)
 1965 Single-Use Medical Syringes (Documentary short) (producer)
  Tales from Hoffnung (TV Series) (producer - 6 episodes, 1965) (production - 1 episode, 1965)
- Birds, Bees and Storks (1965) ... (producer)
- The Hoffnung Maestro (1965) ... (producer)
- The Hoffnung Music Academy (1965) ... (producer)
- Hoffnung's Professor Yaya's Memoirs (1965) ... (producer)
- The Hoffnung Vacuum Cleaner (1965) ... (producer)
 1965 Dodo, the Kid from Outer Space (TV Series) (producer)
 1964 Midsummer Nightmare (Short) (producer)
 1964 Automania 2000 (Short) (producer)
 1961 Hamilton the Musical Elephant (Short) (producer)
 1960-1961 Popeye the Sailor (TV Series) (producer - 7 episodes)
- Which Is Witch (1961) ... (producer - uncredited)
- Model Muddle (1961) ... (producer - uncredited)
- Weight for Me (1961) ... (producer - uncredited)
- The Billionaire (1961) ... (producer - uncredited)
- Dog-Gone Dog-Catcher (1960) ... (producer - uncredited)
 1961 The Monster of Highgate Ponds (producer)
 1960 Foo-Foo (TV Series) (producer)
 1960 Snip and Snap (TV Series) (producer)
 1959 Habatales (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- I Wanna Mink (1959) ... (producer)
 1959 The Christmas Visitor (Short) (producer)
 1958 World of Little Ig (Short) (producer)
 1957 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (Short) (producer)
 1957 The Candlemaker (Short) (producer)
 1956 The History of the Cinema (Short) (producer)
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- The New World (1955) ... (producer - segment "The Sea of Winslow Homer")
 1954 Down a Long Way (Documentary short) (producer)
 1954 Animal Farm (producer)
 1952 The Figurehead (Short) (producer)
 1952 The Owl and the Pussycat (Short) (producer)
 1951 In Time of Pestilence (producer)
 1951 Spring and Winter (producer)
 1951 The Pythoness (producer)
 1951 We've Come a Long Way (Short) (producer)
 1951 Check to Song! (Short) (producer)
 1950 As Old as the Hills (Short) (producer)
 1950 Fowl Play (Short) (producer)
 1949 Charley's Black Magic (Short) (producer)
 1949 Charley Junior's Schooldays (Short) (producer)
 1949 Heave Away My Johnny (Short) (producer)
 1949 R.A.F.: First Line of Defence (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1949 Farmer Charley (Short) (producer)
 1948 Charley's March of Time (Short) (producer)
 1948 New Town (Short) (producer)
 1948 The Magic Canvas (Short) (producer)
 1947 New Schools (Short) (producer)
 1947 Your Very Good Health (Short) (producer)
 1945 6 Little Jungle Boys (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1945 Handling Ships (Documentary) (producer)
 1944 Abu Builds a Dam (Short) (producer)
 1943 Abu's Harvest (Short) (producer)
 1943 Abu and the Poisoned Well (Short) (producer)
 1943 Train Trouble (Short) (producer)
 1942 Dustbin Parade (Short) (producer)
 1942 Filling the Gap (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1941 Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard (Short) (producer)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

János Halász

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Started in films as an assistant to George Pal in 1928. Produced his own cartoons by 1934. In England from 1936, where he met Joy Batchelor. In 1940, co-founded Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films. See more »

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