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
Appropiately for the subject of a critique to Communism, the songs of the movie follow the themes of well known Soviet songs: "Beast of the World" is a parody of "The International", "Glorious Leader Napoleon" takes the pace and music from "V Put" (Let's March), and the "Song of the Grateful Duck" is modelled after "The Cossack Song". See more »
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 »
Our windmill was ruined. Our spirits were at their lowest. But, Napoleon seemed... triumphant.
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If I had looked at the back of the video box, and seen that it was from Hallmark, I would have put it back on the fence. Thankfully, I checked it out from the library, so I didn't pay to watch this.
The grievances of the animals were valid. Orwell never repudiates Old Major's message, as does this movie. In the book, no animal wants the humans back. The movie shows that all the animals need is the right master, and everything will be happy.
This ain't Animal Farm. Read the book instead.
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