History Literature / AnimalFarm

18th Sep '17 12:03:05 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* TheCommandments: The Principles of Animalism (see main entry). While founded on an ideal and noble cause, they gradually become more and more corrupted. When at last the pigs unveil "All animals are equal, [[FantasticRacism but some are more equal than others]]," the disillusioned workers, unable to bear any further humiliation and loss of liberty, ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable finally snap]]''... in one of the films, anyway. In the original novel, they just take it.

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* TheCommandments: The Principles of Animalism (see main entry). While founded on an ideal and noble cause, they gradually become more and more corrupted. When at last the pigs unveil "All animals are equal, [[FantasticRacism but some are more equal than others]]," the disillusioned workers, unable to bear any further humiliation and loss of liberty, ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable finally snap]]''... in one of the films, anyway. In the original novel, they just take it.others]]."



* ThisIsUnforgivable: Only in the animated movie. When word gets out about the utter disaster Animal Farm has become, what the pigs are doing and their plan to spread their totalitarian ideology across the world, the animals of the other farms, regardless of their own welfare, '''are completely infuriated'''. They rise up, joining forces to become an army the world has never seen the like of, [[CurbStompBattle and completely crush them in the ending]].
17th Sep '17 8:31:12 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: When Napoleon demands the chickens hand over their eggs to be sold --- they rebel by flying to the rafters of the coop and the hatching their eggs there so they break on the ground. Napoleon merely cuts off their food supply (and threatens death to any animal who dare help them), and then executes the ring-leaders.
16th Sep '17 8:54:39 PM ProfessorGrimm
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In 1954, the British animation studio Halas & Batchelor produced an AnimatedAdaptation, which was widely heralded as a milestone of British animation [[note]]it was the first British animated feature to achieve worldwide release[[/note]], though it came under heavy criticism for its LighterAndSofter approach to Orwell's fable, including a (somewhat) HappyEnding in which the farm animals rise up against their new overlords. (It appears that the United States' {{CIA}} had a hand in providing funding for the film, though it seems uncertain whether the film's writers and directors were aware of the fact.)

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In 1954, the British animation studio Halas & Batchelor produced an AnimatedAdaptation, which was widely heralded as a milestone of British animation [[note]]it was the first British animated feature to achieve worldwide release[[/note]], though it came under heavy criticism for its LighterAndSofter approach to Orwell's fable, including a (somewhat) HappyEnding in which the farm animals rise up against their new overlords. (It appears that the United States' {{CIA}} had a hand in providing funding for the film, though it seems uncertain whether the film's writers and directors were aware of the fact.)
) Tropes for that film should go [[WesternAnimation/AnimalFarm1954 here]].



A live-action version, starring Creator/PatrickStewart as the voice of Napoleon and KelseyGrammer as Snowball, was produced in 1999. A stage adaptation, drawing heavily from another Orwell classic, ''Literature/HomageToCatalonia'', was first produced in 2008. Creator/AndySerkis is going to direct a new film version using SerkisFolk.

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A live-action version, starring Creator/PatrickStewart as the voice of Napoleon and KelseyGrammer Creator/KelseyGrammer as Snowball, was produced in 1999. A stage adaptation, drawing heavily from another Orwell classic, ''Literature/HomageToCatalonia'', was first produced in 2008. Creator/AndySerkis is going to direct a new film version using SerkisFolk.
9th Sep '17 5:13:44 AM Gadjiltron
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* OneTractMind: Many of Napoleon's speeches end with the dire warning that "Snowball will come back" if the animals do not obey whatever his latest diktat is.

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* OneTractMind: Many of Napoleon's speeches end with the dire warning that "Snowball "Jones will come back" if the animals do not obey whatever his latest diktat is.
13th Aug '17 3:31:56 PM Lukethehedgehog
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Orwell tells, allegorically, how the Russian Revolution would go if its participants were animals, and if you reduced Russia to the area of a typical English country farm. When you get what the point of the book is -- being a satire of Communism written during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- it's not hard to guess [[DownerEnding where the plot is going]]. It was strictly outlawed by UsefulNotes/JosefStalin as it technically depicted Stalin and other Soviet leaders as evil pigs (Creator/KarlMarx as Old Major, UsefulNotes/JosephStalin as Napoleon, UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky as Snowball, and Vyacheslav Molotov as Squealer).

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Orwell tells, allegorically, how the Russian Revolution would go if its participants were animals, and if you reduced Russia to the area of a typical English country farm. When you get what the point of the book is -- being a satire of Communism Stalinism written during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- it's not hard to guess [[DownerEnding where the plot is going]]. It was strictly outlawed by UsefulNotes/JosefStalin as it technically depicted Stalin and other Soviet leaders as evil pigs (Creator/KarlMarx as Old Major, UsefulNotes/JosephStalin (UsefulNotes/JosephStalin as Napoleon, UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky as Snowball, and Vyacheslav Molotov as Squealer).
Squealer. Also, UsefulNotes/KarlMarx as Old Major, but this one technically wasn't evil).
8th Aug '17 8:40:50 AM Chariset
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* LackOfSympathy: As if selling Boxer to the glue factory when he was injured wasn't cruel enough, in the animated film, when Squaler informing of Napoleon of Boxer's condition only shows consideration for the fact that he can no longer do any work, to which NApoleon teresly shrugs as if to say, "well, that's that."


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* NoSympathy: In the animated film, Squealer mentions Boxer's injury only in terms of a loss of labor, to which Napoleon merely shrugs as if to say, "Well, so much for that." Cue the knackers.


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* WildcardExcuse: Over time, any mishap or malfunction on the farm is credited to Snowball's interference.
6th Aug '17 8:16:04 PM Hedging
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* LackOfSympathy: As if selling Boxer to the glue factory when he was injured wasn't cruel enough, in the animated film, when Squaler informing of Napoleon of Boxer's condition only shows consideration for the fact that he can no longer do any work, to which NApoleon teresly shrugs as if to say, "well, that's that."
31st Jul '17 11:38:55 AM PeaceAndLove
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It also inspired Music/PinkFloyd's ConceptAlbum ''Animals'', though it criticizes capitalism instead of communism. John Reed's AffectionateParody aptly named ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowball%27s_Chance Snowball's Chance]]'' also rips on both capitalism and ''Animal Farm'' itself, portraying Snowball returning and becoming a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush {{Expy}}. In ''Animal Farm'', things go [[GoneHorriblyWrong horribly wrong]]; in ''Snowball's Chance'', things go [[GoneHorriblyRight horribly right]].

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It also inspired Music/PinkFloyd's ConceptAlbum ''Animals'', ''Music/{{Animals}}'', though it criticizes capitalism instead of communism. John Reed's AffectionateParody aptly named ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowball%27s_Chance Snowball's Chance]]'' also rips on both capitalism and ''Animal Farm'' itself, portraying Snowball returning and becoming a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush {{Expy}}. In ''Animal Farm'', things go [[GoneHorriblyWrong horribly wrong]]; in ''Snowball's Chance'', things go [[GoneHorriblyRight horribly right]].
2nd Jul '17 7:24:40 AM Uyyy
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* AnimalMotifs: The increasingly dictatorial and oppressive Communist Party of the Soviet Union is represented by an upper caste of pigs. [[NotSoDifferent Now, what animal are greedy capitalists]] [[FullCircleRevolution commonly personified as?]]
12th Jun '17 12:54:09 PM drac0blade
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* ThisIsUnforgivable: When word gets out about the utter disaster Animal Farm has become, what the pigs are doing and their plan to spread their totalitarian ideology across the world, the animals of the other farms, regardless of their own welfare, '''are completely infuriated'''. They rise up, joining forces to become an army the world has never seen the like of, [[CurbStompBattle and completely crush them in the ending]].

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* ThisIsUnforgivable: Only in the animated movie. When word gets out about the utter disaster Animal Farm has become, what the pigs are doing and their plan to spread their totalitarian ideology across the world, the animals of the other farms, regardless of their own welfare, '''are completely infuriated'''. They rise up, joining forces to become an army the world has never seen the like of, [[CurbStompBattle and completely crush them in the ending]].
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