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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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Complete credited cast:
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Narration Spoken by (voice)
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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He's got the world in an UPROAR! 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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Trivia

Producer Louis De Rochemont--best known for his "March of Time" newsreel series--approached the team of John Halas and Joy Batchelor with a view to producing the first ever-animated feature aimed specifically at adults. The directors leaped at the chance. See more »

Goofs

After the first battle, the color of the puppies changes between shots - cream-ivory colored when we first see them, grey when Napoleon takes them up into the barn. See more »

Quotes

Napoleon: Loyal followers, on farms owned and operated by pigs, there is order and discipline. Own lower animals do more work and eat less than other on farms.
[gives medals]
Napoleon: With this, we encourage you to make your lower animals work even harder and eat even less! To a greater Animal Farm! For peace and plenty under pig rule!
[Benjamin, outside imagines Napoleon's face assimilating that of Jones; he suddenly sees through the resemblance]
Napoleon: To the day when pigs own and operate farms EVERYWHERE!
[applause]
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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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