Animal Farm (1954)

Animal Farm is a 1955 British animated film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book of the same name by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature released worldwide, though not the first British animated feature ever made. It can, however, be said to be the first British animated feature film on general release. The film, especially the ending, does not follow the book closely. wiki

Readers Comments (3)

  1. Dang, I remember Animal Farm was required reading in Chicago during the 60’s. Now I UNDERSTAND it! Think we’re in some really deep doo doo folks. Reckon we need to square our shoulders back and
    roll up our sleeves on this one. We come from some pretty strong stock else we wouldn’t be here right now- what say we get it right for the first time in history. God, Truth, Love, Charity, Knowledge, Courage, Endurance.
    “Seek and you shall find…”

  2. If I am not mistaken, the anthem the animals were “singing” was the Communist anthem ” The International “. I remember reading that Orwell was a Socialist but to me this story is more illustrative of the evils of
    totalitarianism whether it is Communism or fascism. As Americans we know that our rights come from God not man; our founders understood that any
    rights granted to us by government could as easily be taken away by that same government-just as the animals had their rights taken away by Napoleon
    and his guard dogs. The founders of this Republic got it right the first time! God grant us the wisdom and courage to see that our constitutional rights are preserved and that we remain a free nation
    under God.

    • Orwell was big on the takeover of society by overpowering forces. Like in 1984, he doesn’t characterize the overpowering state in terms of capitalist or communists. It’s in human terms. Orwell was well aware that communism wasn’t working out very well. Orwell was more agnostic than Fritz Lang’s imagining a world dominated by industrialists. Here’s Metropolis. Another good Orwell interpretation is 1984 here. Dominance in Orwell’s stories is usually based on propaganda, power gained by convincing one group of people that they need to be led by an elite class to protect them from largely imaginary enemies. How that thinking fits in our current political climate is interesting.

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