Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Maurice Denham
Director: Joy Batchelor, John Halas Cast: Maurice Denham
Maurice Denham
, Gordon Heath
Gordon Heath
Joy Batchelor, John Halas,


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The British animation firm of John Halas and Joy Batchelor perform yeoman service in adapting George Orwell's allegorical novel Animal Farm to the screen. As any high-school English student can tell you,the original 1945 novel was Orwell's spin on the rise and fall of the Communist myth. A group of intelligent animals overthrow their corrupt human owner and set up their own self-sustained farm, predicated on an idealistic credo: "All Animals are Created Equal," "No Animal Shall Ever Drink Liquor," "Four Legs Good: Two Legs Bad" etc. But when Snowball the Pig (read: Trotsky) is overthrown by the despotic Napoleon (read: Stalin), all idealism goes out the window, and soon the pigs are ruling dictatorially over the other animals. Before long, Animal Farm operates on but one principle: "All Animals Are Created Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others." Orwell's ironic ending, in which it becomes impossible to tell the difference between the Pigs and the Humans, is blunted in favor of a grafted-on happy ending, perhaps to mollify the kiddie trade. Maurice Denham supplies all the character's voices, while Gordon Heath serves as narrator.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
UPC: 0037429197424
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:12:00

Special Features

New digital restoration; audio commentary by film historian Brian Sibley; Down on Animal Farm featurette presented by Tony Robinson; scenes as told through original storyboards; liner notes by author and art historian Karl Cohen (Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America)

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Manor Farm [3:44]
2. Old Major's Legacy [8:19]
3. Revolution [7:13]
4. A New Society [4:12]
5. Animal Farm [4:32]
6. Resolutions [5:14]
7. Power Struggle [4:49]
8. Class Distinction [3:03]
9. Revisionism [9:04]
10. Battle for the Farm [6:55]
11. Bolshevik Pigs [3:44]
12. Betrayal of Boxer [3:43]
13. More Equal [4:26]
14. Uprising/End Credits [3:11]

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