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1954 animated film based on the George Orwell book
Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a 1954 British-American animated comedy-drama film produced by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature (Water for Firefighting and Handling Ships, two feature length wartime training films, were produced earlier, but did not receive a formal cinema release). The United States Central Intelligence Agency (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.

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George OrwellWriter (novel)

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Animal Farm (2004), 2 Nov 2004


Animal Farm (1955)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
Ultimately, the very philosophical bais of Animal Farm, that 'all animals are equal,' is replaced with 'all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.' ... This would be an especially good film to use as a starting point when explaining to children the tendency for power to corrupt.


Animal Farm (1954), 1954

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