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Animal Farm (1999)

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The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny amongst themselves.

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John Stephenson

Writers:

George Orwell (novel), Alan Janes (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Snowball (voice)
Ian Holm ... Squealer (voice)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Mollie (voice)
Julia Ormond ... Jessie (voice)
Pete Postlethwaite ... Benjamin (voice) / Farmer Jones
Paul Scofield ... Boxer (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Napoleon (voice)
Peter Ustinov ... Old Major (voice)
Alan Stanford Alan Stanford ... Farmer Pilkington
Caroline Gray Caroline Gray ... Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick Gail Fitzpatrick ... Mrs. Pilkington
Jimmy Keogh Jimmy Keogh ... Dennis
Noel O'Donovan Noel O'Donovan ... Eric
Gerard Walsh Gerard Walsh ... Farmer Fredericks
Jer O'Leary ... Farmer
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Storyline

A satire of Stalinist Russia, this story 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 David Rickard

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farm | pig | communism | speech | satire | See All (63) »

Taglines:

There's a new day dawning on the farm.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Farm See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In a revised first draft of the script, co-Writer Martyn Burke had Jessie set to be a six-month-old male Border Collie. This idea was later dropped, and Jessie was made an adult female instead, to give the audiences more sympathy for the main character. See more »

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Flipped Image: At the end of the film's introduction, just before the title appears, the close-up of Jessie's face as she says, "But I could still remember," is flipped. The markings that are on the left side of her face are on the right, and the markings that are on the right side of her face are on the left. See more »

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Snowball: The only good human is a dead one.
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Glorious Leader Napoleon
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Performed by Ian Holm & Cast
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Animal Farm is NOT a children's film
27 July 2012 | by Avwillfan89See all my reviews

I really do wish people would get that into their heads. Just because it's about barnyard animals with no sex or adult language, doesn't mean that's necessarily for kids. It's, as many people well know, a metaphor for the atrocities of the Soviet Union under Stalin. It's bleak, nasty and upsetting, but it speaks the truth on the hypocrisy of leaderships, corruption and fascism.

And yet they decide to portray the story as though it's a children's film, with live action talking animals, with a special lighting to make it look child-like and family friendly. No! This is not what George Orwell's tale is about. The book is extremely depressing, but in this film, and especially the ending, they made it look like the things that happened were no big deal.

It's true that in real life, Stalin's regime collapsed on itself, "a victim of its own malice" in the end, but it would have been better if it wasn't depicted in the movie. Jesse, the sheepdog, serves as a narrator, and seems to predict and see through the evils of Napoleon, and yet does nothing about it. All the animals in the book apart from the pigs could not see what was going on due their myopia and little intelligence. And the violence was also very subdued.

If another adaptation should be done, it should be more gritty and truer to the novel, and to get the point the Orwell was intending point out.


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