Double Trouble, by Brian White

Brian White began his career as a sports cartoonist and caricaturist for local newspapers. His first strip, 'Mr. Enry Noodle', appeared in Pearson's Weekly in 1924. White's most successful strip was the good-humored 'Nipper' (1933-1947), which ran in The Daily Mail. In 1951, White produced 'Nipper' filmstrips for Pathé.  In 1954 he was one of several animators, alongside Bill Mevin, Reginald Parlett and Harold Whitaker to work on Joy Batchelor and John Halas' animated feature film adaptation of 'Animal Farm' (1955), based on George Orwell's political-satirical novel of the same name. The book revolves around a group of farm animals who revolt and establish their own society. Unfortunately they turn into a dictatorship, mirroring how the ideals of the Russian Revolution resulted into Joseph Stalin's tyranny. The plot of the animated adaptation was generally faithful to the spirit of the book. Only the ending was changed to give viewers more hope that people would/could rise against their oppression. Unbeknownst to most of the animators the project was financed by the C.I.A., as a propaganda vehicle against Stalinism. 'Animal Farm' was additionally notable as the first full-length animated feature film made on British soil and as an animated picture aiming more at an adult audience. 

In 1955, White was contracted to work on a British version of the American strip 'Double Trouble'. The strip ran until 1967. After that, White drew the children's comics 'Shorty', 'Keyhole Kate' and 'Plum Duffy'. Brian White died in November, 1984.

comic art by Brian White

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