søndag 28. oktober 2012

"Overthrowing the Animal Kingdom"


Year: 1954
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Number: 273
Director: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Voices: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

George Orwells, who's probably most famous for his science fiction novel 1984, also wrote a children's novel, named Animal Farm, which is the story of how the farm animals rebels against the drunk and violent farmer. But after the revolution, a pig named Napoleon have great influence within the pig circle. Who also raise an army of shepherd dogs which he uses to execute a coup d'etat, and establish a far worse dictatorship than the farms previous owner.

There is pretty obvious comparisons to the russian revolution and Joseph Stalin's terror regime. It show us practicably step by step the soviet history, all the terror, reforms, suppression and deprivation that Stalin regime stood for. So is this a propaganda film, or not? superficially it is, but it also give us the facts and the natural reaction to that. And not all the pigs are evil, there were even some who supported the other animals. Talking about the movie in general, it's very dark and sad, even more macabre than a Disney film, that is probably not suited for every ages. But why not use animals? We do test everything on them, so that means animals can represent people so children can understand politics. Thumbs up.

Grade: B+

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