Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Pete Postlethwaite
Director: John Stephenson Cast: Pete Postlethwaite
Pete Postlethwaite
, Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
, Ian Holm
Ian Holm
John Stephenson

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Overview

George Orwell's political fable about corruption and betrayal in post-revolutionary Russia gets a new look in this version that employs a cast of real animals alongside digitally manipulated critters and lifelike beasts crafted by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. At the Manor Farm, the alcoholic master Mr. Jones (Pete Postlethwaite) is cruel to his animals and has horribly mismanaged the property. One night, the wise but elderly pig Old Major (voice of Peter Ustinov) gathers the animals and speaks of a remarkable dream, in which the animals throw off their tyrannical human masters and learn to reap the fruits of their own labors. After Old Major's death, two other pigs, Snowball (voice of Kelsey Grammer) and Napoleon (voice of Patrick Stewart) lead a revolution that drives Jones from his land and leaves the animals in charge of their own destiny. After their revolt, Snowball and Napoleon rule side by side, but Napoleon soon becomes drunk with power and squeezes Snowball out of authority, eventually turning the other animals against him. With Boxer (voice of Paul Scofield), a simple-minded but loyal and physically powerful horse, as a role model, Napoleon leads the animals on a campaign of self-denial and hard work that will bring them security and freedom; however, it soon becomes obvious that Napoleon is growing fat while the other animals are starving, and he is quickly becoming the sort of creature he once waged war against. Animal Farm received its American premiere on the TNT cable TV network in October 1999; it opened as a theatrical release in several other countries shortly afterward.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
UPC: 8809151411558
Original Release: 1999
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 6,265

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pete Postlethwaite Farmer Jones,Benjamin
Kelsey Grammer Snowball
Ian Holm Squealer
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Mollie
Julia Ormond Jessie
Paul Scofield Boxer
Patrick Stewart Napoleon
Peter Ustinov Old Major
Alan Stanford Mr. Pilkington
Caroline Grey Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick Mrs. Pilkington
Joe Taylor Mr. Frederick
Jimmy Keogh Dennis
Noel O'Donovan Eric

Technical Credits
John Stephenson Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Production Designer
Mike Brewster Cinematographer
Martyn Burke Screenwriter
Cinesite Special Effects
James Corcoran Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Green Editor
Robert Halmi Executive Producer
Richard Harvey Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Janes Screenwriter
Paul Lowen Producer
Morgan O'Sullivan Co-producer
Jonathan Privett Special Effects Supervisor
Sue Rowe Special Effects Supervisor
Jim Henson's Creature Shop Special Effects
Greg Smith Producer
Lionel Steketee Asst. Director

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