Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Movie Theater: Orwell's Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a British animated film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book of the same name by George Orwell, that was published in England on August 17, 1945, and written during World War II.

It was the first British animated feature released worldwide. Despite the title and Disney-esque animal animation, it is in fact a no-holds-barred adaptation of George Orwell's classic satire on Stalinism, with the animals taking over their farm by means of a revolutionary coup, but then discovering that although all animals are supposed to be equal, some are more equal than others.

We have come to think of equality as a great moral value. But that doesn't stand up to closer crutiny. Here's our analysis in "Why You Didn't Build That!". Dutch: "Koppen Snellen Bov en het Maaiveld". 

But first, enjoy Orwell's great fable, "Animal Farm"!