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Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | | Animation, Drama | 19 June 1959 (USA)
A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

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George Orwell (based on a story by), Lothar Wolff (story development) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... Narrator (voice)
Maurice Denham ... All Animals (voice)
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Storyline

Britain's second animated feature, which, despite the title and Disney-esque animal animation, is in fact a no-holds-barred adaptation of George Orwell's classic satire on Stalinism, with the animals taking over their farm by means of a revolutionary coup, but then discovering that although all animals are supposed to be equal, some are more equal than others... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Animation | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Farm - Aufstand der Tiere See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many parents were alarmed at the bleakness of the film, having taken their children thinking it was a film along the lines of a Walt Disney cartoon. See more »

Goofs

The color of the building next to the Red Lion Tavern changes from pink/red to white in one scene. The seats out the front of the tavern have disappeared in the same scene. See more »

Quotes

Napoleon: Loyal followers, on farms owned and operated by pigs, there is order and discipline. Own lower animals do more work and eat less than other on farms.
[gives medals]
Napoleon: With this, we encourage you to make your lower animals work even harder and eat even less! To a greater Animal Farm! For peace and plenty under pig rule!
[Benjamin, outside imagines Napoleon's face assimilating that of Jones; he suddenly sees through the resemblance]
Napoleon: To the day when pigs own and operate farms EVERYWHERE!
[applause]
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Brutally honest and educational...
13 September 2004 | by CephyranSee all my reviews

I saw this film in my senior Social studies class. It was intended to create a paradigm of our history and how politics can turn ugly.

It did the job very well. If nothing else can effectively demonstrate the failures of our past political systems, it is this film. The parallels drawn between past governments is brutally honest, and the outright indication of the evils of communism and such. This is not so much a movie for family or children; it is best to be utilized as an educational tool. I think it would be a critical work in any social studies program. I also think it's unusual that when the film was released, it got an x-rating for the mature subject matter. Better you learn this kind of thing sooner, and not contribute to repeating the mistakes of the past.


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