Animal Farm (1954 film)
Animal Farm is the first animated film produced in United Kingdom, produced by the UK’s longest-running animation studio Halas and Bachelor, in 1954.
Based on the novel by George Orwell, which satirizes the Russian Revolution, it retells the story of the farm animals had dominated Manor Farm into Animal Farm, as they battle against humankind for their peaceful survival, to unite their culture, by obeying their policy that animals are created equal. However the pigs, led by Napoleon, decline in following their own rules after dethroning the dominion (that being fellow pig Snowball) to exchanging the humans’ shadows, by turning back against other fellow animals.
Although the film was given a 'U' rating (suitable for all ages) by the British Board of Film Classification, it is often debated to be an animated film for family audiences, on account of some very lighthearted scenes, or one that is suited more to adults only, on account of its dark subject matter and political themes (the likes of which were unprecedented in Western animation at the time).
- [The laws of Animal Farm are being read]
- Snowball: No animal shall sleep in a bed. No animal shall drink alcohol. 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.
- Napoleon: [overhearing the animals’ sad song] The revolution is now complete. We have no more use for that song. Singing it is now forbidden under penalty of death!
- 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 on other farms. [presents three medals, and places each on three fellow pigs' chests] With this, we encourage you to make your lower animals work even harder and eat even less! And to a greater Animal Farm! To 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.