Year of Release: 1999
Director(s): John Stephenson
Approx. Running Time: 91 minutes
My Rating: 2 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Chaos ensues when animals take oever the farm in this magnificent adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel, which features the magic of Hallmark Entertainment and Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Set in the beautiful Irish countryside and populated with a wide variety of barnyard animals, ANIMAL FARM is sure to leave the whole family squealing with delight.
Featuring the voices of KELSEY GRAMMER (Snowball), IAN HOLM (Squealer), JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS (Mollie), JULIA ORMOND (Jessie), PETE POSTLETHWAITE (Benjamin), PAUL SCOFIELD (Boxer), PATRICK STEWART (Napoleon), PETER USINOV (Old Major) with PETE POSTLETHWAITE appearing as Jones.
I don't remember enough about the book or this movie (it's literally been years since I've experienced either) to make any real comparisons, however, after reading viewer reviews on Amazon.com and IMDb.com, it's apparent that Orwell's vision has been sugar-coated with a happy ending and made palatable for child consumption.
Not surprising, since this was a Hallmark Home Entertainment production, but that is a sad testament to this era of political correctness. This is political satire, people, not a story for children - it SHOULD NOT "leave the whole family squealing with delight" - so don't try to make it something that it is not.
Rated PG (MPAA)
1999 (Year Of Release)