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Animal Farm -- Britain's first 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

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Writers:
George Orwell (based on memorable fable)
Lothar Wolff (story) ...
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Release Date:
13 February 1956 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
He's got the world in an UPROAR! See more »
Plot:
A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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(107 articles)
User Reviews:
Disappointing rethinking of the Orwell classic. See more (64 total) »

Cast

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Gordon Heath ... Narration Spoken by (voice)
Maurice Denham ... All Animals (voice)

Directed by
Joy Batchelor 
John Halas 
 
Writing credits
George Orwell (based on memorable fable)

Lothar Wolff (story development) &
Borden Mace (story development) &
Philip Stapp (story development) &
John Halas (story development) &
Joy Batchelor (story development) &
Joseph Bryan III (story development)

Laurence Heath  uncredited

Produced by
Joy Batchelor .... producer
John Halas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Matyas Seiber 
 
Sound Department
William S. Bland .... sound recordist (as W. Bland)
Jack King .... sound effects
Jack King .... sound
George Newberry .... sound recordist (as G. Newberry)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sid Griffiths .... camera operator (as S.G. Griffiths)
John Gurr .... camera operator (as J. Gurr)
William Traylor .... camera operator (as W. Traylor)
Roy Turk .... camera operator (as R. Turk)
 
Animation Department
Ralph Ayres .... animator (as R. Ayres)
Bernard Carey .... background artist
Arthur Humberstone .... animator (as A. Humberstone)
Geoffrey Martin .... layout artist
Frank Moysey .... animator (as F. Moysey)
Edric Radage .... animator (as E. Radage)
John Reed .... animation director (as John F. Reed)
Digby Turpin .... background artist
Harold Whitaker .... animator (as H. Whittaker)
Matvyn Wright .... background artist
Alma Coles .... ink and paint artist (uncredited)
Nicholas Spargo .... animator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Matyas Seiber .... conductor
 
Other crew
Louis De Rochemont .... presenter (as Louis de Rochemont)
 
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72 min
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Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Quebec) | Czech Republic:U | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1956) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1985) (1999) (2003) | UK:U (re-rating) (1954) (1998) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:6 (nf)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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19 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing rethinking of the Orwell classic., 15 September 2004

Animal Farm (1954) was a very good read about the dangers of totalitarianism. How good ideals can be changed and distorted by those who are ignorant or rule with an iron fist and an empty head. Sadly this movie does not portray either of these. What we're shown is a propaganda piece with a lot of finger waving and pointing. The animation and the direction were good considering the budget and the time period but the very essence of George Orwell's novel is sorely missing.

If you're one of those who want to see how not to adapt a novel or are just interested in seeing an adaptation of this brilliant novelette then by all means watch. I just found this one to be somewhat mediocre. Just one man's opinion however.

The remake is a notch below but not by much.

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