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3.0 out of 5 stars Something lost in translation, 8 Sep 2011
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Very carefully written and researched for a very specific purpose by a master writer, George Orwell's, "Animal Farm" seems, to some, an ideal story for children. It isn't. The syntax and sentence structures are too subtle for children, making it difficult to read for the average thirteen year-old; the message is also lost in the confusions of the world order depicted.

To take it from the page to screen in anything but cartoon version or modern CGI seems fraught with problems and I think this is where this version falters, not to mention changing Orwell's story in some fundamental areas, thereby losing some of the power of the fable and his original intention.

Although I have long believed that works of art should "live by their own worlds", including films, when film-makers with their potentially world-wide mass audience take classics and historical characters, I believe they have a responsibility not to change too much. For the mass audience, it may be their only glimpse of William Wallace, Robin Hood, "Animal Farm", "Lord of the Flies" (version two), Sherlock Holmes, "Wuthering Heights" to name but a few; some might say a poor view is better than none. I wonder. Pedantic - possibly.

I prefer the original cartoon version, despite its changing the ending. Perhaps it's just too complicated a fable for children and, in the arts world, cinema is still a teenager, spots and all.
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