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Animal Farm (1999)

The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny among themselves.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Snowball (voice)
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Squealer (voice)
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Mollie (voice)
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Jessie (voice)
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Boxer (voice)
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Napoleon (voice)
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Old Major (voice)
Alan Stanford ...
Farmer Pilkington
Caroline Gray ...
Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick ...
Mrs. Pilkington
Jimmy Keogh ...
Dennis
Noel O'Donovan ...
Eric
Gerard Walsh ...
Farmer Fredericks
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Farmer
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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 David Rickard

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farm | pig | communism | speech | satire | See All (63) »

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There's a new day dawning on the farm.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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3 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolução dos Bichos  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)
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In a revised first draft of the script, co-Writer Martyn Burke had Jessie set to be a six-month-old male Border Collie. This idea was later dropped, and Jessie was made an adult female instead, to give the audiences more sympathy for the main character. See more »

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Flipped Image: The scenes before the duck that witnessed Boxer's collapse flies toward Jessie, Benjamin, Clover, and Muriel, are flipped. Jessie's markings are opposite. Also, the close-ups of Jessie as she turns and listens to the duck are flipped, and the scene of her and Benjamin running back toward the windmill are flipped as well. See more »

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Jessie: [Narrating] My puppies had become Napoleon's servants. Snowball was banished, and Napoleon took control.
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Referenced in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) See more »

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Beasts of the World
Written by Richard Harvey
Performed by Peter Ustinov, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, Ian Holm & Cast
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Trust me, you're better off with the book
26 October 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

George Orwell's book Animal Farm had a dark, bleak atmosphere, but it still left room for some sly comedy and satire on Communism, as well as an absorbing, interesting story. The new film version doesn't really have these redeeming qualities. I'll admit those films that show the geese singing the praise of Napoleon, the Stalin-esque leader of the pigs, are a hoot, but otherwise there isn't much dark comedy. It also isn't particularly bleak; the music was really what ruined the atmosphere. Yes, I know people want everything to be more upbeat, but it just doesn't work with this kind of story. The film itself merely skims the surface of the story, floats through it really, and never goes below the surface to explore the deeper meanings. Everything just floats along, and you don't really get to know anyone, hear their stories or get much sense of what their motives are.

The filmakers also really did not need to cut back and forth between Old Major's speech and scenes of the human farmer asking his neighbor for money, not getting it, and finding comfort under the sheets in the arms of the wife of the very same neighbor. There's no point to it (It wasn't even in the book!), and it downplays the impact of what Major's saying drastically.

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is downplayed, and it ruins the whole thing. You're much better off reading the book, believe me.


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