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Animal Farm (1999)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Snowball (voice)
Squealer (voice)
Mollie (voice)
Jessie (voice)
Boxer (voice)
Napoleon (voice)
Old Major (voice)
Alan Stanford ...
Farmer Pilkington
Caroline Gray ...
Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick ...
Mrs. Pilkington
Jimmy Keogh ...
Noel O'Donovan ...
Gerard Walsh ...
Farmer Fredericks


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 (Lenin) 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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There's a new day dawning on the farm.


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Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolução dos Bichos  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Paul Scofield's final film. See more »


When the laws painted on the side of the barn are read for the first time, in the close-up shots some of them are already in the altered forms they take later in the movie. See more »


Jessie: [Narrating] Free. Life had been far from free in our hideout. Seasons came and went, and we waited. The years passed, we grew old, but we still waited. Waited for what surely must pass. Waited for Napoleon's cruelty and greed to bleed the farm to death. And now with the coming of the storm came the first signs that our wait was over. It was time for us to return to that place that had once been full of such hope. I wondered if anything was still alive. I knew in my heart that Napoleon had fallen...
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Animal Farm is NOT a children's film
27 July 2012 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I really do wish people would get that into their heads. Just because it's about barnyard animals with no sex or adult language, doesn't mean that's necessarily for kids. It's, as many people well know, a metaphor for the atrocities of the Soviet Union under Stalin. It's bleak, nasty and upsetting, but it speaks the truth on the hypocrisy of leaderships, corruption and fascism.

And yet they decide to portray the story as though it's a children's film, with live action talking animals, with a special lighting to make it look child-like and family friendly. No! This is not what George Orwell's tale is about. The book is extremely depressing, but in this film, and especially the ending, they made it look like the things that happened were no big deal.

It's true that in real life, Stalin's regime collapsed on itself, "a victim of its own malice" in the end, but it would have been better if it wasn't depicted in the movie. Jesse, the sheepdog, serves as a narrator, and seems to predict and see through the evils of Napoleon, and yet does nothing about it. All the animals in the book apart from the pigs could not see what was going on due their myopia and little intelligence. And the violence was also very subdued.

If another adaptation should be done, it should be more gritty and truer to the novel, and to get the point the Orwell was intending point out.

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