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English: Animal Farm
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Video: ClickView Interactive: Animal Farm
Led by an engaging presenter with a touch of dark humour, this programme explores the context, characters, themes and writing style of Orwell's popular classic.
Production Year: 2014
Film: Animal Farm (1954 animated version)
Animal Farm is a 1954 British-American animated comedy-drama film produced and directed John Halas and Joy Batchelor, based on the book by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature to receive a formal cinema release. The United States CIA paid for the filming, part of the American cultural offensive during the Cold War, and influenced the presentation of Orwell's ideas. The London animation firm who produced the film had previously made propaganda films for the British government.
Film: Animal Farm (1999 Jim Henson version)
Based on the novel by George Orwell, with creature effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Barnyard animals mount a revolution, oust their cruel farmer and turn the farm into a collective.
"I first read Animal Farm in high school, and I loved it. But then we watched Hallmark’s made-for-TV adaptation, starring Kelsey Grammer and the same farm animals that earned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop two Oscars for Babe. The film wasn’t bad, but it was, well, kind of traumatizing. The sheep that trotted along behind Babe now chanted, “Free and equal!” Babe was adorable; Napoleon and Snowball were decidedly not."
Having got rid of their human masters, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. Orwell's allegoric story of the betrayal of idealism through tyranny and corruption is as fresh today as when it was first published in 1945.
Animal Farm is the story of what happens when the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master, and how their revolution goes horribly wrong. Now George Orwell's dark, timeless fable has been turned into a graphic novel for the very first time, illustrated in full colour by the renowned Brazilian artist Odyr to bring us a whole new work of art.
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Find out what happens on the farm when some of the animals act on the principle that "Some Are More Equal Than Others." You'll also gain insight into the life and political views of the author, George Orwell. Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players; a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters; critical essays; a review section that tests your knowledge; and a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites.
Take your understanding of Animal Farm by George Orwell to a whole new level with this learning guide. You'll find thought-provoking character analyses, quotes, summaries, themes, symbols, trivia, and lots of insightful commentary.
This remarkable volume collects, for the first time, essays representing more than four decades of scholarship by one of the world's leading authorities on George Orwell. In clear, energetic prose that exemplifies his indefatigable attention to Orwell's life work, Jeffrey Meyers analyzes the works and reception of one of the most widely read and admired twentieth-century authors.
Video: Discussion about Animal Farm
This video provides a useful discussion starter for your study of Animal Farm.