Animal Farm (1954)
Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas.
Starring: Gordon Heath (Narrator, voice), Maurice Denham (All Animals, voice).
animated version of George Orwell's story of the corruption of the communist system in Russia
Animal Farm is a great book. I am a man of the political left, but there has to be checks and balances on everyone, right or left. Animal Farm is brilliant in its critique of the government and society of the communist Soviet Union.
The Left usually has the moral high ground against the right, but here that is not true. The beautiful democratic rhetoric of the early days of the leftists is replaced by "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." This is the justification for all power becoming concentrated in the hands of the top few. The dogs become the secret police that are used to quell any protests against the dictatorship of the left by dissatisfied animals. All the different animals play the different roles within the communist system exposing the entire system to sarcasm and ridicule.
Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.
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