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
The ten dogs provided in the film came from Fircroft Animal Actors, located in Ireland. The Border Collie who played Jessie was named Spice, and the Rottweiler who played Pincher was named Astro. They were owned by their trainers, Mary Owens and Rita Moloney. 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 »
My puppies had become Napoleon's servants. Snowball was banished, and Napoleon took control.
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I would have liked to have seen this version of George Orwell's classic, Animal Farm, to be animated rather than a live action film. I am not saying that the film is not worthy but I liked the older one with animation. I think anything with animals would be better off animated in the first place. They have a first rate cast including Kelsey Grammar, Julie Ormond, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peter Postlethwaite as Mr. Jones in a noteworthy performance. I can see why Spielberg claims that Postlethwaite is one of his favorite actors or one of the best under-rated actors around. The film is satisfactory and updated enough for today's audiences.
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