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Animal Farm (1999)




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George Orwell's political fable about corruption and betrayal in post-revolutionary Russia gets a new look in this version that employs a cast of real animals alongside digitally manipulated critters and lifelike beasts crafted by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. At the Manor Farm, the alcoholic master Mr. Jones (Pete Postlethwaite) is cruel to his animals and has horribly mismanaged the property. One night, the wise but elderly pig Old Major (voice of Peter Ustinov) gathers the animals and speaks of a remarkable dream, in which the animals throw off their tyrannical human masters and learn to reap the fruits of their own labors. After Old Major's death, two other pigs, Snowball (voice of Kelsey Grammer) and Napoleon (voice of Patrick Stewart) lead a revolution that drives Jones from his land and leaves the animals in charge of their own destiny. After their revolt, Snowball and Napoleon rule side by side, but Napoleon soon becomes drunk with power and squeezes Snowball out of authority, eventually turning the other animals against him. With Boxer (voice of Paul Scofield), a simple-minded but loyal and physically powerful horse, as a role model, Napoleon leads the animals on a campaign of self-denial and hard work that will bring them security and freedom; however, it soon becomes obvious that Napoleon is growing fat while the other animals are starving, and he is quickly becoming the sort of creature he once waged war against. Animal Farm received its American premiere on the TNT cable TV network in October 1999; it opened as a theatrical release in several other countries shortly afterward.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Janes, Martyn Burke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2000
Hallmark Entertainment


Ian Holm
as Squealer
Peter Ustinov
as Old Major
Alan Stanford
as Mr. Pilkington
Pete Postlethwaite
as Benjamin, Jones
Caroline Grey
as Mrs. Jones
Caroline Gray
as Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick
as Mrs. Pilkington
Joe Taylor
as Mr. Frederick
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Critic Reviews for Animal Farm

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | December 31, 2004

...some fables should be left on the written page.

May 28, 2001
Movie Metropolis

July 26, 2005

Full Review… | January 27, 2004

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Animal Farm

Animal Farm keeps and adds the same lesson about revolution that Greg Orwell had in mind, but it still was a very disturbing and creepy film that will haunt the lives of anyone whoever grew up watching Babe or Charlottes Web. This movie simply just has nothing going fr it, it has a lot of great voice actors and wastes the talent and the story does not capture the essence of the book at all. I dont know if its possible to make a live action film on Animal Farm but it sure was not this. It was a creepy mess that I hope few people have to endure in their lives.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer

Doesn't measure up to the great book. This is horrible.

Anthony L.
Anthony Le

Super Reviewer

The production work is great, but it misses the point of the book and completely screws up the ending.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Animal Farm Quotes

Old Major: And when our usefulness has come to an end, we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty!
– Submitted by Emelyn W (2 years ago)
Old Major: Remove man and the root cause of hunger and over-work is abolished forever! Remove man and the produce of our labour shall be our own. Remove man and overnight, we will become free and equal!
– Submitted by Emelyn W (2 years ago)

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