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
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When Old Jones grabs the dynamite out of the box, he has three sticks in each hand, but when he puts his hands together a seventh stick appears from nowhere. Then, when he lights the fuse, there are twelve sticks in the pile. See more »
[The laws of Animal Farm are being read]
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]
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.
[continuing the reading of the laws]
No animal shall kill another animal. All animals are equal.
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A masterpiece! More dark than light. Not for children.
Just watched this masterpiece again! It's a wonderful blend of dark & light. The ending might differ from the source material, but in the film it works. The first half contains some lighter moments like the antics of a cute duckling & animals improvising their own style of farm work. Don't be fooled though. This isn't for children. It contains several scenes of violence, both on screen & off, that young or sensitive children would find upsetting. I'm surprised at the Universal rating. It should be PG at least. The artwork is impressive & the narration, voice work & music is superb. The revolution is powerfully conveyed by the animals' song. Of course the plot is simplified from the text & only a few characters speak, but the transfer is a success. One of Britain's finest & an important work. 10/10
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