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
In a revised first draft of the script, 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 »
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 »
We called out desperately, but we heard him give up the struggle.
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I saw the premiere of the movie on TNT last night, and I have to say I was quite impressed. You could obviously tell the animatronics from the computer-generated characters, but the story line fit the book pretty well. I am a George Orwell fan, but I believe this story was behind the times. It should have been made 15 years ago, but the technology just wasn't there. The producers, however, tried making the ending more modern by talking about the fall of Napoleon's (the main character, a pig) reign, but I believe young viewers - those that are not familiar with the paranoid associated with the spread of Communism throughout Europe and Asia in the 50's to the 70's -may miss the point of the whole movie. The book was wonderful - I read it 6 times - and the movie conveyed every major point Orwell was trying to get across in his 1948 political satire. But it was hard to make a 2-hour movie out of a 125-page short novel. The first 15-20 minutes of the movie before the oust of Mr. and Mrs. Jones were obvious filler, and had no bearing on the rest of the movie. Can anyone tell me WHY in the beginning of the movie, Mrs. Pilkington seduced Mr. Jones while her husband was awake downstairs? ANYWAY, I digress. In summary, the movie is for those that knew and understood the American fear of the spread of Communism, and has little bearing with the under-20 viewers. The animatronics and computer graphics were top notch for a TV movie, and I'd recommend seeing it; this is, AFTER you read the book.
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