John Halas and Joy Batchelor | 1942 | 5 min
Dustbin Parade is an artful combination of lively animation, striking music, and witty dialogue, all deployed with a lightness of touch disguising the practical challenges faced by many filmmakers. During the war there was a shortage of film stock, pencils and paper, all essential to the production of animated films like this one. Halas & Batchelor’s well-known animations combine American cartoon-inspired characters and a style reminiscent of Eastern Europe. The film succeeds in being both a morale booster and a practical tool to encourage recycling – which was a key part of the war effort.