A satire of Stalinist Russia, Animal Farm tells of the revolt of the animals of Manor Farm against their human masters. Led by the pigs Snowball (Trotsky) and Napoleon (Stalin), the animals attempt to create a utopian society. Soon, however, Napoleon gets a taste for power, drives out Snowball, and establishes a totalitarian regime as brutal and corrupt as any human society. Manor Farm becomes a world where all animals are equal--but some are more equal than others. Written by
Appropiately for the subject of a critique to Communism, the songs of the movie follow the themes of well known Soviet songs: "Beast of the World" is a parody of "The International", "Glorious Leader Napoleon" takes the pace and music from "V Put" (Let's March), and the "Song of the Grateful Duck" is modelled after "The Cossack Song". See more »
When the animals discover Old Major's head while exploring the butchery, they all flee. In one shot, Jessie is running amongst the other dogs. Jessie was inside the barn giving birth at the time, and would not have been present when the other animals were in the house. See more »
My puppies had become Napoleon's servants. Snowball was banished, and Napoleon took control.
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Orwell's book was a harsh statement on the nature of politics and humanity in general. The metaphor of farm animals may seem a little absurd, but it worked. This movie does not. Aside from taking questionable liberties with the story (what's up with that ending?), the production felt like something a high school theatre group would put together if they had the resources of Turner Network Television behind them. A huge disappointment. A waste of vocal talent. A waste of money for TNT. A waste of time for anyone who's read the book.
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