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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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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. See more »

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Animation | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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A large portion of the budget ($300,000 out of a cost of over $500,000) was supplied by the US Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Policy Coordination, through one of its shell corporations, Touchstone Inc. See more »

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When Old Jones grabs the dynamite out of the box, he has three sticks in each hand, but when he puts his hands together a seventh stick appears from nowhere. Then, when he lights the fuse, there are twelve sticks in the pile. See more »

Quotes

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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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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