"All animals are equal... but some animals are more equal than others."A clever Beast Fable satirizing the evolving Russian communism by George Orwell, as well as a book with two adaptations you should never, ever show your children. They may start revolting. If they weren't revolting enough already.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 World War II — it's not hard to guess where the plot is going. It was strictly outlawed by Josef Stalin as it technically depicted Stalin and other Soviet leaders as evil pigs (Karl Marx as Old Major, Stalin as Napoleon, Leon Trotsky as Snowball, and Vyacheslav Molotov as Squealer).The inspiration for this book came about when Orwell saw a boy leading a cart horse, whipping it all the while. Orwell thought that if animals realized just how strong they are, they can defeat the human race and end up running the world.In 1954, the British animation studio Halas & Batchelor produced an Animated Adaptation, which was widely heralded as a milestone of British animation note , though it came under heavy criticism for its Lighter and Softer approach to Orwell's fable, including a (somewhat) Happy Ending 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.)It also inspired Pink Floyd's Concept Album Animals, though it criticizes capitalism instead of communism. Snowball's Chance also rips on both capitalism and Animal Farm itself, portraying Snowball returning and becoming a George W. Bush Expy.A live action version, starring Patrick Stewart as the voice of Napoleon and Kelsey Grammer as Snowball, was produced in 1999. A stage adaptation, drawing heavily from another Orwell classic, Homage to Catalonia, was first produced in 2008.Do not confuse with Animal House, which is a bit more light-hearted.All spoilers below are unmarked. Reader beware.
Tropes in Animal Farm:
What? Not enough tropes? If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right. I will work harder!