Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hamilton the Musical Elephant (1961)

I don't know much about the outputs of the British animation studio Halas & Batchelor (which was run by a husband-and-wife team John Halas and Joy Batchelor), but I came across this short the other day and I had to share it.

There's a joy in this cartoon. The designs are clean and simple and the animation is bouncy and fun. The elephant is an appealing character and the jazz music fits the mood very well.

Like I said, I'm not too familiar with Halas & Batchelor so I'll just link it here.

5 comments:

Chris Sig said...

What a fantastic cartoon! Another reason to have been proud of being British, I guess ;)

If you want to know more about H&B, Charles, you can check out their website via the link:

http://www.halasandbatchelor.co.uk/

Will Finn said...

Nice! This studio had a kind of standard style, but they really put a lot of care into the actual animation - much more so than comparable American cartoons, where the action is almost always sharp, lateral and flat as a pancake (as much as I love DFE, they're kind of a prime example). This group liked to put a lot more obliques and looseness into their animation, which makes it fun to watch. This story is weak and boring, but boy the animation is nice. The ringmaster's dance is a treat.

Mr. Cro said...

A great cartoon! The ringmaster's voice is familliar. Who is it?

BTW, H&B animated some KFS Popeyes for Gene Deitch. Their cartoons featured the MCMXL error.

Paul B said...

they look like Manuel Vazquez characters... in a sort of way....

Dave Mackey said...

John Dankworth was one of the greats of British jazz, performing often in tandem with his vocalist wife, Cleo Laine. I don't know who is playing the trumpet here, but it ain't Dankworth, who was a sax player.