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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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George Orwell (based on memorable fable)
Lothar Wolff (story) ...
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Release Date:
13 February 1956 (Sweden) See more »
He's got the world in an UPROAR! See more »
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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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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FASCINATING See more (62 total) »


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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)

Laurence Heath  uncredited

Produced by
Joy Batchelor .... producer
John Halas .... producer
Original Music by
Matyas Seiber 
Sound Department
William S. Bland .... recording (as W. Bland)
Jack King .... sound and effects
George Newberry .... recording (as G. Newberry)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sid Griffiths .... camera (as S. G. Griffiths)
John Gurr .... camera (as J. Gurr)
William Traylor .... camera (as W. Traylor)
Roy Turk .... camera (as R. Turk)
Animation Department
Ralph Ayres .... animation (as R. Ayres)
Bernard Carey .... backgrounds
Arthur Humberstone .... animation (as A. Humberstone)
Geoffrey Martin .... layout
Frank Moysey .... animation (as F. Moysey)
Edric Radage .... animation (as E. Radage)
John Reed .... animation director (as John F. Reed)
Digby Turpin .... backgrounds
Harold Whitaker .... animation (as H. Whittaker)
Matvyn Wright .... backgrounds
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)
Crew believed to be complete

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72 min
Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
FASCINATING, 19 May 2001
Author: Bill Treadway ( from Queens, New york

"Animal Farm" doesn't seem like a candidate for animation, but after seeing the lackluster live-action feature last year, this animated British film looks better and better each time I view it.

Oh, I've heard the complaints about it not being wholly faithful to the source material. I'm going to apply the same defense here that I gave to "Gulliver's Travels": the film is the last place to look for accuracy. A wholly faithful adaptation would have no doubt turned everyone off, but what they have left behind is fascinating: despite an upbeat ending, the flavor of the novel remains intact. How many films can you say that about? The stinging satire is there, the political parallels are there, but a certain entertainment value is there that wasn't in the novel.

The ultimate message of the film leaves the viewer somewhat sad, according to my experience. But that's a good thing, I think. The film was animated by the British animator John Halas, whose short subject "The Christmas Visitor" is widely available on public domain but hardly seen. He retains much of the same style as he did in his earlier short and makes a strong and honorable film.

The box and ads say "Not for children." I think enlightened children will enjoy this film on one level and adults will enjoy it on an entirely different one.

If there's one thing wrong with this film, it's the ending. Orwell wrote an ending that was biting and necessary. By giving the film an upbeat ending, it somewhat undermines a first rate film. But I can't ignore the power of the previous 73 minutes, so I'm still recommending it.

***1/2 out of 4 stars

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