Animal Farm

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Released 1954

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Director:
John Halas , Joy Batchelor
Released:
1954
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Animal Farm is the animated telling of the famed George Orwell novella. Debuting in 1954, this was Britain's first animated feature with Gordon Heath narrating and Maurice Denham providing the voices of all of the animals. The theme is well-known; Orwell's story is a political satire of the Stalin-led branch of communism practiced in the Soviet Union. The animals start out without any plan, but one day Old Major, the revered, old boar at Manor Farm, calls a meeting of the animals and says that the humans are parasites and then teaches the animals a song of revolution. Three years pass and Old Major dies, and there is a need for a new set of leadership. Two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume this role and they form tenets of Animalism. The seventh and final tenet is that, "All animals are equal." Then the animals drive the owner from the farm and rename it Animal Farm. Things go well for a while, everything is well taken care of, and all of the animals are well-fed. Then, tensions start to rise as greed, jealousy and hunger for power starts the devolution of the animals' happy life. Will the animals eventually work things out and come to a peaceful revolution or will their problems become even larger as tensions rise even higher?moreless
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    Animation, Comedy, Drama

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    Social Issues, 50s, Satire, Politics, Classics