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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.
Many parents were alarmed at the bleakness of the film, having taken their children thinking it was a film along the lines of a Walt Disney cartoon.
The CIA obtained the film rights to "Animal Farm" from George Orwell's widow, Sonia Orwell, after his death and covertly funded the production as anti-Communist propaganda. Some sources assert that the ending of the story was altered by the CIA (in the book, the pigs and humans join forces) to press home their message, but it is equally possible that the more upbeat ending of the movie was an artistic decision, to give the film more audience appeal.
The head of the CIA operation to obtain the film rights was none other than E. Howard Hunt, later famous as US President Richard Nixon's Watergate burglar. As part of the deal, Sonia Orwell requested that she get to meet her idol, Clark Gable; this was arranged.
Maurice Denham provided the voices for all the characters.
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A large portion of the budget ($300,000 out of a cost of over $500,000) was supplied by the US Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Policy Coordination, through one of its shell corporations, Touchstone Inc.
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First British feature-length entertainment cartoon. The first feature length British cartoon was Handling Ships (1945), also made by John Halas and Joy Batchelor.
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To make the film, Halas-Batchelor's company was expanded to make it the largest animation unit in Western Europe.
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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.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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