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Charley's Black Magic
Charley's Black Magic

Charley's Black Magic 1949

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Charley's Black Magic 1949

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

With coal prices rising and harsh winters in recent memory, post-war Britain was understandably grumpy. The irascible Charley featured in a series of cartoon propaganda shorts communicating many new policies of Clement Atlee’s Labour government, which promised a brighter future ahead. Charley was always quickly turned around with the promise of jam tomorrow, but post-war austerity was still a bitter pill for many to swallow.

The seven Charley films released between 1948 and 1949 were all produced by Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films, who would go on to make Britain’s first animated feature film, Animal Farm, in 1954.

Directed by

John Halas

Joy Batchelor

Featuring

Jack Train

Harold Berens

Genres

Public Information Filler Animation & Artists Moving Image

Tags

Collieries Coal

Collection

Public Information Films The Female Gaze

Released

1949

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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