Reviewed May 15, 2012
Levi Harrison’s review:
Just watched ANIMAL FARM, directed by Joy Batchelor and John Halas. This is an animated movie about a farm where the animals run off the human owners and begin working the farm themselves. Even though it's animated, however, this movie is not for kids. For those of you who didn't read the book in high-school, the story is a political allegory for the Russian revolution, and some of the characters are based on real historical figures, such as Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. For those of you who are familiar with the book, the movie tacks on a happy ending (probably to make the movie more commercial), but still manages to beautifully capture the tone and themes of the book. FUN FACT: The majority of Animal Farm was funded by the CIA (who ponied up $300,000 out of the full budget of $500,000).