- Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite
- Directors: John Stephenson
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: FF Film
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0028NDTD2
Animal Farm / Region 2 - European Edition / Állatfarm
Animal Farm (1999) / Region 2 PAL DVD / European Edition / Has English 5.1 and Hungarian 2.0 options / Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm / Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite / Directors: John Stephenson ASIN: B0028NDTD2 DVD Region Code: 2 Fed up with the human owner the four-legged friends of animal farm decide to stage a revolt to be free and equal. Led by napoleon the pig they lead a victorious fight against the farmers. But they soon realize they might need the humans help after all. // Egy parasztudvar állatai felszabadítják magukat az ember zsarnoki uralma alól. Önkormányzatot hoznak létre és általános egyenlőségre törekszenek. A választásokon a sertések győznek, akik hamarosan kijátsszák az egyenlőség szabályait, és ugyanolyan zsarnokokká válnak, mint korábban az ember volt. A helyzet a farmon ismét ugyanaz, mint a forradalom előtt, csak most demagóg szövegek hírdetik: "itt minden az állatokért van!"
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The novel was clearly written with the Russian Revolution in mind and the rise of the communist Soviet Union and its ultimate failure. The film Animal Farm beautifully captures the novel.
Moby Dick, the classic story of how wasting ones life in the search for vengeance brings about one's own destruction and terribly affecting the lives of those around.
TWO 5 STAR MOVIES. 4 STARS FOR NO SPECIAL FEATURES
tremendous grasp on the art of writing, I was very interested
in finding that a live action version had been made of his
little book ANIMAL FARM, his "barnyard fable" to explain the
Although an animated movie, which I have not seen, was made some
decades past, this modern ANIMAL FARM uses animals and some convincing
muppets to portray the animal proletariat and the dictatorial pigs.
The production values are superlative, with the animal roles often
surprisingly convincing, and Patrick Stewart's voicing for the
Stalinist pig Napolean was a nice touch.
However, in contrast to the book, the movie seems less effective.
ANIMAL FARM is a brief, concise, bleak, and savage novel that can best
be compared to a small tank: compact, all business, no adornment,
charmless, and hard-hitting. A clever and spiffy production seems to
distract from the intent.
Another problem is that stretching a short work out to a 90-minute
movie seems to dilute it instead of enhance it; for example,
elaborations on the venality of the humans in the story tend to go on
without saying much new. Extending the story to include the fall of
the farm, echoing the collapse of Communism that occurred decades
after Orwell's death, also reduces the impact, though it admittedly
has a certain justice.
Despite these difficulties, ANIMAL FARM does have its moments. My
favorites are the black and white Stalinist propaganda films put
together by the pigs. One belabors in a ghastly humorous fashion the
execution of traitorous hens who had rebelled against Napoleon.
Another features choruses of ducks and bleating sheep singing the
glories of Great Leader Napolean, who reaches to the sky with a cloven
hoof to proclaim the triumph of Animalism while vee formations of
geese sweep overhead, emphasized by the indistinct roar of what could
I have to believe that if Orwell had seen these black little parodies,
he would have strongly approved of them. It might be interesting to
see what could be made of this movie if it were edited down to an
You know, the story is about a farm run by Mr. Jones (Pete Postlewaite), drunk and abusing animals. The animals there, no longer submissive, stand up (actually some of them do -- see a pig climb up a ladder!) under the guidance of the old pig Major (who gets accidentally shot ... unnecessary violence). They succeed, chasing away the humans, but what they don't know is that lofty rules they establish at the beginning of revolution -- including "all animals are equal" -- can be interpreted differently with a slight grammatical change.
The story loses its meaning without knowledge of Stalinism, but how many kids are aware of that, I am at a loss to guess. Probably they understand, but if the studio thinks of the same target audience as "Babe," they are fatally wrong. However, it seems that they also don't know what to do. Some part of the story is modified (scenes of Jones' abusing animals, for instance) perhaps kids in mind, but still the film remains dark, even scary for little kids (don't show that raw meat, will you?).
For adults, the film looks a little better; after all they know what the film really wants to say. The film is pretty faithful to the book, but enthusiastic readers of Orwell will still complain some liberties done to the film. Ironically, the film gets interesting when they do take that liberty; I enjoyed the scenes of a propaganda film that reminds of Chaplin's "The Dectator", but as a whole the film is just a passable one. That's because I already know the content of the book. If you don't know that, I recommend that you read the book later,and see the film first.
Many vocal talents appear, but not every one is given a good chance to be impressive. Patrick Stewert's Napolen is outstanding, but overall I have an impression that the actors' voices are not fully used. Henson Studio's animals are not so bad, but the murky images of the film sometimes damages their effect. At least, I can say they are not as lovely as the pig you see in "Babe."
This is the second rendition of George Orwell's political fable, after the British animated film made in the 1950s. The new one is from Hallmark Entertainment that has been making good TV films with good cast from the both sides of the Atlantic, but this time, it is a misfire.
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