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Animal Farm (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  3 October 1999 (USA)
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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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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 ...
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Farmer Fredericks
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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 (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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3 October 1999 (USA)  »

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A Revolução dos Bichos  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Paul Scofield's final film. See more »

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In most of the shots of Jessie where computer technology added in her mouth movements, her black pigmentation above the left side of her nose was added on the right side instead. Her markings are correct, but her nose pigmentation is flipped. See more »

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Jessie: Napoleon, I want to see my puppies.
Napoleon: No Jessie, you can't see your puppies.
Jessie: But... they're my babies.
Squealer: If you were thinking clearly, then you would be pleased at the special education that we're going to give them. You surely don't want to disadvantage your own puppies. Do you?
Jessie: No.
Squealer: Good.
Jessie: No, I don't.
Squealer: Well, off you go then.
Jessie: They still need their mother.
Squealer: Hhmm. Her sadness will spread to the other animals.
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Misses the point of Animal Farm
30 October 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed to find that this version of Animal Farm completely fails to convey the fundamental message of Animal Farm.

George Orwell's novel is about the deception, the cruelty, and the hypocrisy of the pigs' control of the farm. The reason it is such a good book is that it shows the reader how the situations slides from a seemingly democratic revolution to a bloody tyranny.

The 1954 animation of Animal Farm portrays this excellently; the scene where Boxer is carried away is often mentioned as being absolutely heart-wrenching. However, in the new edition, I remember trying to feel the same abhorrent turmoil but finding that it just wasn't there.

The story seems to be told as if it were from a children's adventure book. It most certainly is not. Admirable filming with real animals counts for nothing when the whole reason for being of the story is not expressed.

If you want to experience the sheer force of the story of Animal Farm, watch the old version.


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