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Animal Farm (1954)

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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Based on the novel of the same name, by George Orwell, this movie represents communist Russia and the U.S.S.R. through animals on a farm. After running the owners out of their farm, the ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Serkis
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Complete credited cast:
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... All Animals (voice)
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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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He's got the world in an UPROAR! See more »

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Animation | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Farm - Aufstand der Tiere See more »

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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

After the first battle, the color of the puppies changes between shots - cream-ivory colored when we first see them, grey when Napoleon takes them up into the barn. See more »

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Narration Spoken by: And that night the pigs drank to Boxer's memory, in the whisky they had bought with Boxer's life.
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Referenced in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009) See more »

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Disappointing rethinking of the Orwell classic.
15 September 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Animal Farm (1954) was a very good read about the dangers of totalitarianism. How good ideals can be changed and distorted by those who are ignorant or rule with an iron fist and an empty head. Sadly this movie does not portray either of these. What we're shown is a propaganda piece with a lot of finger waving and pointing. The animation and the direction were good considering the budget and the time period but the very essence of George Orwell's novel is sorely missing.

If you're one of those who want to see how not to adapt a novel or are just interested in seeing an adaptation of this brilliant novelette then by all means watch. I just found this one to be somewhat mediocre. Just one man's opinion however.

The remake is a notch below but not by much.


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