Animal Farm: animation first!

Dir: Joy Batchelor, John Halas
Cast: Maurice Denham, Gordon Heath (voice)
102mins   1954   UK, USA   U   English   

British animation firm John Halas and Joy Batchelor's screen adaptation of George Orwell's classic 1945 satire on Stalinism, the allegorical 1945 novel Animal Farm. A group of intelligent animals overthrow their corrupt human owner and set up their own self-sustained farm, predicated on an idealistic credo. But when Snowball the Pig is overthrown by the despotic Napoleon, all idealism goes out the window, and soon the pigs are ruling dictatorially over the other animals. Before long, Animal Farm operates on the principle: 'All Animals Are Created Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others.'

With an introduction by Vivien Halas, daughter of the animators and custodian of the Halas and Batchelor estate, the programme also includes two shorts: John Halas Remembered (2015) and The History of the Cinema (1957).

Screened as part of our celebration of Halas & Batchelor animation at Depot May/June 2018, featuring an exhibition in our Studio.



Sun 3 June