Animal Farm (1954)
“Animal Farm” is a story about how the animals in Manor Farm revolt against Mr. Jones- their owner. The animals have had enough of him and decided that they didn’t want to serve humans anymore. The pigs of the farm leads the others barnyards animals a revolt against Mr. Jones. Together, all the animals fight against humans, in hopes for a better future. However, an unexpected tyranny occurs, led by one of their own kind. George Orwell wrote a fable about revolution betrayed, and laced it liberally with references to the Russian Revolution. Much of this dimension is still visible in the film.
Animal Farm (1954) Review:
The CIA obtained the film rights to “Animal Farm” from George Orwell’s widow, Sonia Orwell, after his death and covertly funded the production as anti-Communist propaganda. Some sources assert that the ending of the story was altered by the CIA (in the book, the pigs and humans join forces) to press home their message, but it is equally possible that the more upbeat ending of the movie was an artistic decision, to give the film more audience appeal.
Cast and Crew:
Directed by Joy Batchelor and John Halas
Writers: George Orwell (based on memorable fable)
Starring Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham