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George Orwell's classic political allegory is brought to the screen with the help of state-of-the-art puppetry and digital animation. Manor Farm sees a revolt by its livestock over their human master Farmer Jones (Pete Postlethwaite). However, a power struggle between the pigs who have led the uprising results in a swift curtailing of the animals' new-found freedom.
After the technical achievement of Babe, it was almost inevitable that "talking animal" effects would be applied to the serious themes of George Orwell's Animal Farm. A bitterly satirical indictment of Stalinist Russia and the failure of Communism, Orwell's 1945 novel is a time-honoured classic, so it's only fitting that this TNT production remains largely faithful to Orwell's potent narrative. A showcase for the impressive creations of Jim Henson's Creature Shop (where director John Stephenson was a veteran supervisor), the film employs animatronic creatures and computer animation to tell the story of uprising, unity, and tragic rebellion among the farm animals.
The politics of "Animalism" are initially effective, ousting enemy humans according to rules ordained by Old Major, the barnyard pig whose death sets the stage for the corruptive influence of the pig Napoleon, who cites superior intelligence as his right to dominance. This tyrannical reign destroys the farm's stability, and the film--decidedly not for young children--preserves Orwell's dark, cynical view of absolute power corrupting absolutely. Particularly effective is a propaganda film shown to the barnyard collective, and certain scenes--while not as impressive as the Babe films--powerfully convey the force of Orwell's story through animal "performance". Animal Farm occasionally falters in its emotional impact (the fate of the horse Boxer should be heart-rending, and it isn't), but it's certainly blessed with an elite voice cast, including Peter Ustinov, Patrick Stewart, Pete Postlethwaite, Julia Ormond, Kelsey Grammer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Paul Scofield, and Ian Holm. Not the masterpiece it might've been, this is nevertheless a worthy representation of Orwell's novel. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This film version, however, leaves me unsatisfied. Turning an edgy fable that focuses on animal characters into a film is challenging, and the technical wizardry here is clear: real animals are seamlessly linked with amnitronics, courtesy of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Unfortunately, the visuals give a sense of reality that then makes suspension of disbelief difficult: the Boxer in the text, for example, can more easily be believed in as we know it is an allegory than the sight of a carthorse listening to Snowball. It is not the same (in my opinion) as watching, say, The Sheep Pig, where we know it's just a story: here, the political message is lost.
I also felt that the decision to have Jessie, a border collie, as narrator was a bit of a cop-out. It is always difficult to compensate for the lack of authorial viewpoint when transferring a novel o a visual medium, but this entailed substantial changes to the text without adding much of worth. And the ending! The powerful end of the novel, with the pigs and men indistinguishable, was lost completely, and instead Snowballs Empire literally collapses. This seems a clumsy attempt to extend Orwell's metaphor to the breakup of the Soviet Block, but misses the point of his savage diatribe that communists and capitalists are both alike in the way they treat ordinary people as commodities to be exploited
This also means that as a study aid for students the film is not helpful. This is not, of course, the purpose of a film; but I am sure that is how it has been used by many!Read more ›
Firstly, in the book, Orwell is the narrator. However in this film they use a dog, who isn't even a very big part in the story, to narrate. I think that this just makes the film seem even more ridiculous. Also, the effects are terrible,and they gave the film a happy ending?!! Animal Farm the book has a very upsetting ending as you realise that the animals are doomed to always be ruled over by the pigs as they have no understanding of what's going on, but instead, in the film, they make it so that the animals can tell what will happen to them if they stay on the farm. This changes all the characters in Orwell's story.
I was also very disappointed that they changed the 'beasts of england' song to 'beasts of the world' and changed all of the lyrics.
Overall, I was not pleased with the film at all, and I don't think that it reflects on the Russian revolution or on Orwell's book.