Animal Farm (1953)

35mm, Technicolor
mono, English
Reviewed at The

A British animated film directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor.

Plot Summary

The of Manor Farm overthrow the hated Farmer Jones in a bloodless revolution, but find themselves at the mercy of Stalinist who rule the farm with a brutality that Jones could never even have imagined.


Direction: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
© [not given on screen]
Louis de Rochemont presents the Halas Batchelor production of George Orwell's memorable fable
Production: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Story Development: Lothar Wolff, Borden Mace, Joseph Bryan III, John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Animation Direction: John F. Reed
Animation: E. Radage [real name: Edric Radage], A. Humberstone [real name: Arthur Humberstone], R. Ayres [real name: Ralph Ayres], H. Whittaker [real name: Harold Whitaker], F. Moysey [real name: Frank Moysey]
Layouts: Geoffrey Martin
Backgrounds: Digby Turpin, Malvyn Wright, Bernard Carey
Camera: S.G. Griffiths [real name: Sid Griffiths], J. Gurr [real name: John Gurr], W. Traylor [real name: William Traylor], R. Turk [real name: Roy Turk]
Color by Technicolor
Music Composed and Conducted by: Matyas Seiber
Recording: W. Bland [real name: William S. Bland], G. Newberry [real name: George Newberry]
Sound and Effects: Jack King
RCA Sound System

Maurice Denham (voices of all animals)
Gordon Heath [narrator – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Animal Farm – Aufstand der Tiere – German title
Djuren gör revolt – Swedish title
Eläinten kapina – Finnish title
La fattoria degli animali – Italian title
la ferme des animaux – French title
Folwark zwierzecy – Polish title
Rebelión en la granja – Spanish title

See also
Animal Farm (1999)


Empire October 1998 p.137 – review
Film Review August 1998 p.26 – review (by Peter Griffiths)1
The Movie pp.832 – 833 – credits, review
Starburst no.82 pp.21, 22 – illustrated article
TV Times 23 December 1989-5 January 1990 p.50 – credits, review
Video World February 1984 p.25 – review

Elliot's Guide to Films on Video p.30 – credits, review
by Walt Lee p.14 – credits
Science Fiction Film Source Book p.28 – credits, review

Other sources
Southampton Film Festival 1989 Programme p.13 – credits