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Animal Farm (1954) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Animal Farm

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  • Louis de Rochemont Film, Halas and Batchelor Production
  • Animated Characters: Old Major, Boxer the Cart-Horse, Snowball, Napoleon, Cow, Farmer Jones.
  • Awards: Diploma, Berlin Film Festival, 1955.
    Critics Choice, Great Britain, 1955.
    Diploma of Merit, Durban, 1956
  • Originally Released in 1954.
  • Running Time: 74 minutes.
  • TechniColor
  • United Kingdom  United Kingdom

Release Dates:

  • Dec 29, 1954- U.S. Theatrical Release
  • Jan 29, 1955- British Theatrical Release

Cartoon Production Information:

This was the first feature-length entertainment cartoon made in Great Britain. (According to the studio, this was "Europe's first full-length animated feature." The actual first feature-length cartoon made in Great Britain was "Handling Ships", also produced by Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Films.) The film employed about 80 animators.

It was also the first animated feature produced for an adult audience. Based on George Orwell's political fable which examines allegorically the illusion and disillusion of a Utopian society, it "was the first film to use animation in a less than charming fashion," according to the Educational Media Collection of the University of Washington: "Theatre audiences...could not believe that a cartoon could contain serious messages and painful scenes."

The British release was in 1953; the noted release date reflects the U.S. premiere date. The full U.S. release came on December 29, 1954.

Because of violence content (much is implied, and not shown), as well as the mature theme of the storytelling, it has long been said that this cartoon was given an "X" certificate (no one under 18 admitted) by the British Board of Film Censors when first released in Britain. However, after checking with the BBFC (, this is just not the case. The film is, and has always been rated "U" for "Universal" in the United Kingdom, the equivalent of a "G" in the U.S.

Louis de Rochemont Film, the producers of the "March of Time" theatrical documentary series are said to have financed this film, which contains 750 scenes and 300,000 drawings. However, later research suggests that funding was provided directly by the CIA in their ongoing battle against worldwide communism.

Director John Halas said of the film, "This is not communist or anti-communist. It is a fable for all time. It is anti-totalitarian and it has a humanist message."

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Though Animal Farm may lack the moralistic, happy-happy approach Snow White may have had, it delivers it's message more vividly and truly makes it an unforgettable classic.

Annoyed with the attitude of Farmer Jones, the pigs lead a revolution...  (read more)

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