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Animal Farm

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intense, compelling adaptation of Orwell's classic story.

Movie NR 1959 73 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Animal Farm: An animated movie very different from others you have seen

A sad and violent animated movie, Animal Farm tells the drama of a group of animals living in a farm ruled by a f*****, one day, they make a reunion to make a revolt and get rid of the farmer, then, they start a ''new life'', now ruled by a pig, however, life is cruel and nothing is saved, their old farmer will try to ruin their lives at all costs, with their new pig boss making them work hard, this movie is just fine, not very good, but not very bad, this movie is a little bit forgettable, but it can be very good for education and to understand communism.

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This 1954 animation is a solid adaptation that depicts the journey from optimistic revolution to tyrannical oppression with a darkness and intensity that belies the simple, colorful graphics. Powerful music provides drama and atmosphere, managing to convey optimism, intrigue, determination, and deception -- even with relatively little dialogue -- while the imposing narrator (Gordon Heath) brings a gravitas familiar to movies from this era.

At first glance this might look like a jolly cartoon, suitable for younger viewers -- indeed, there are several moments of humor and levity. But the complex, haunting, and politically-charged storyline will be far better received by mature tweens and teens. There is no doubt that George Orwell's 1945 novella is a work of genius -- ferociously insightful yet popular and accessible. And while kids might not appreciate all the satire and symbolism, they can't fail to be affected by the themes of injustice, hypocrisy, intimidation, and corruption -- all of which serve to tell a cautionary tale that exposes the trappings of power and the fundamental need for equality.

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