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Animal Farm (1954)

Unrated | | Animation, Drama | 13 February 1956 (Sweden)
A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

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(based on memorable fable), (story development) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Maurice Denham ...
All Animals (voice)
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Britain's second animated feature, which, despite the title and Disney-esque animal animation, is in fact a no-holds-barred adaptation of George Orwell's classic satire on Stalinism, with the animals taking over their farm by means of a revolutionary coup, but then discovering that although all animals are supposed to be equal, some are more equal than others... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. See more »

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Animation | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Animal Farm - Aufstand der Tiere  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Orwell himself stated that had Snowball triumphed over Napoleon, the animals would have fared no better. Using the windmill as an example, Orwell said that Snowball would have poured time and resources into similar pharaonic projects which would have bankrupted the farm. See more »

Goofs

The color of the building next to the Red Lion Tavern changes from pink/red to white in one scene. The seats out the front of the tavern have disappeared in the same scene. See more »

Quotes

[The laws of Animal Farm are being read]
Snowball: No animal shall drink alcohol. No animal shall sleep in a bed. Four legs good, two legs bad.
[The chickens are very annoyed at this rule]
Squealer: Wings count as legs.
[The chickens realize that Squealer is right]
Group of sheep: Four legs good, two legs bad. Four legs good, two legs bad.
Snowball: [continuing the reading of the laws] No animal shall kill another animal. All animals are equal.
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Still Relevant Animated Film -- Not For Kids
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Animal Farm, based on a novel by George Orwell, is ostensibly about a group of animals who rebel against the drunken farmer who owns them, and abuses them. They begin running the farm themselves. Their revolution is corrupted into tyranny which eventually becomes worse than the human farmer's regime.

A not-so-veiled criticism of totalitarianism under Stalin, many events portrayed in the DVD correspond to real events that took place in the Soviet Union. However, the DVD may be understood as a critique of totalitarianism, no matter where or when it appears.

Maurice Denham, the Mel Blanc of England, performed the voices of all the animals in the film. It is worth seeing the DVD for that alone.


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