Animal Farm – the original 1954 movie

I read the book in junior high school, but didn’t know there was a movie. However it does make sense that there is one. Since one of the candidates in the upcoming American election is a socialist, it is worth sharing for people to watch and consider what the author was trying to say.

For those who care, the comments on the Youtube video I found explain a little about the production. I quote it here for your information.

Published on Oct 28, 2014

Animal Farm is a 1955 British animated film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature to be released. The C.I.A. paid for the filming, part of the U.S. cultural offensive during the Cold War, and influenced how Orwell’s ideas were to be presented.

The “financial backers” impacted on the development of the film – the altered ending, and that the message should be that, “Stalin’s regime is not only as bad as Jones’s, but worse and more cynical”, and Napoleon “not only as bad as JONES but vastly worse “. And the “investors” were greatly concerned that Snowball (the Trotsky figure) was presented too sympathetically in early script treatments and that Batchelor’s script implied Snowball was “intelligent, dynamic, courageous”. This implication could not be permitted. A memo declared that Snowball must be presented as a “fanatic intellectual whose plans if carried through would have led to disaster no less complete than under Napoleon.” de Rochemont accepted this suggestion.

In Orwell’s original book, the animals simply look on in dismay as they come to realise that the pigs have become nothing better than the human masters of old.

In a stark departure from Orwell’s book, the film ends immediately after this iconic image with the animals revolting against the pigs.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Invisible Mikey
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 18:06:44

    I’m sure you didn’t mean anything by it, Lloyd, but the movie is not in Public Domain. Copyright owners don’t mind if you embed a trailer or clips, but the whole feature is a different matter. Once the owners find out, it will be off YouTube. You should protect yourself.

    (http://www.orwelltoday.com/afdvdhalas.shtml)

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    • Lloyd's of Rochester
      Apr 21, 2016 @ 21:44:30

      Appreciate any useful information, Invisible Mikey, but I’m a bit confused. It’s not on my Youtube account, but someone else’-I just found it and copied the link. I just went and looked at the original description and it says:
      “Published on Mar 10, 2013
      1954 Animal animated vidoe for my grand children to watch.
      Category
      People & Blogs
      License
      Standard YouTube License.”
      Can you explain further?
      BTW, I found a better copy and changed to that link. They also had a very nice background description that I included. Again, not my account, and not even signed in.

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      • Invisible Mikey
        Apr 21, 2016 @ 22:04:18

        The explanation is in the link I provided. Sometimes people digitize from old 16mm copies, VHS or a DVD etc. and post to YouTube. They stay up awhile, until the copyright holder asks them to take them down. You aren’t in any legal jeopardy, but it doesn’t mean a rights holder wouldn’t send you a “cease and desist” letter for publicizing a pirated copy by distributing it via a WP blog.

        It is confusing, I grant you. The easiest way I can put it is that a work can only be shown in full in a completely non-commercial “fair use” context, such as a class at school, unless it is in Public Domain. WP is commercial space. They run ads after our posts. Legally, so is YouTube, for the same reason, the ads. One can’t state “It’s for my grand children” and call it fair use without written permission of the rights holder, EVEN IF you own a copy.

        Halas and Batchelor, who made Animal Farm, were influential British animators in the 50s and 60s. There’s no way they would have let this title drop from copyright registration.

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        • Lloyd's of Rochester
          Apr 21, 2016 @ 22:14:50

          See the main body of the post for the update, though I doubt it will change much, if I understand any of this… If I could put in a clip (don’t have the ability to make one), or if it didn’t embed (there are times when things DON’T, and I don’t understand the difference) and people had to just go to Youtube I suppose it would help. BTW, do you actually see ads on my page? I see a box with a notice that they could, but I use FF and addons to block ads (unless I turn them off per-site) so I don’t see any.

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  2. Invisible Mikey
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 23:18:33

    We don’t see ads on our own blogs if we are signed in, just that box you refer to, but everyone else sees the ads. Pop up blockers won’t have any effect. It’s what we trade in return for WP publishing and tagging to search engines for free.

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