Animal Farm (1954 film)
Animal Farm is a 1954 British-American animated drama film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature to be released (Water for Firefighting and Handling Ships, two feature length wartime training films, were produced earlier, but did not receive a formal cinema release). The US CIA paid for the filming, part of the American cultural offensive during the Cold War, and influenced how Orwell's ideas were to be presented. The CIA initially funded Louis de Rochemont to begin work on a film version of Orwell's work and he hired Halas & Batchelor, an animation firm in London that had made propaganda films for the British government.
Maurice Denham provided the voice for all the animals and as well as humans in the film.
- [The laws of Animal Farm are being read]
- Snowball: No animal shall drink alcohol. No animal shall sleep in a bed. Four legs good, two legs bad.
- [The chickens are very annoyed at this rule]
- Squealer: Wings count as legs.
- [The chickens realize that Squealer is right]
- Group of Sheep: Four legs good, two legs bad. Four legs good, two legs bad.
- Snowball: [continuing the reading of the laws] No animal shall kill another animal. All animals are equal.
- Narrator: And that night the pigs drank to Boxer's memory, in the whisky they had bought with Boxer's life.
- Napoleon: Loyal followers, on farms owned and operated by pigs, there is order and discipline. Our lower animals do more work and eat less than other on farms. [gives medals] With this, we encourage you to make your lower animals work even harder and eat even less! To a greater Animal Farm! For peace and plenty under pig rule!
- [Benjamin, outside imagines Napoleon's face assimilating that of Jones; he suddenly sees through the resemblance, recoiling as his vision clears up to see Napoleon's and the pigs' faces back to normal]
- Napoleon: To the day when pigs own and operate farms EVERYWHERE! [applause, as Benjamin had already left the scene]
- [last lines]
- Narrator: [last line of the film] To the animals, it now seemed that their world, which may or may not some day become a happy place to live in, was worse than ever for ordinary creatures, and another moment had come when they must do something about it...
- He's got the world in an UPROAR!
- All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.