A lobby card for the 1955 anti-Stalinist animated film
"Animal Farm," which says "You’ll have the laughs
of your life!" Because of the political themes and violence, it was at first restricted to those over 18. It was also funded by the CIA.
Animal Farm was the first animated feature film in the UK. From an article in The New York Times:
Many people remember reading George Orwell’s ”Animal Farm” in high school or college, with its chilling finale in which the farm animals looked back and forth at the tyrannical pigs and the exploitative human farmers but found it ”impossible to say which was which.”
That ending was altered in the 1955 animated version, which removed the humans, leaving only the nasty pigs. Another example of Hollywood butchering great literature? Yes, but in this case the film’s secret producer was the Central Intelligence Agency.
The C.I.A., it seems, was worried that the public might be too influenced by Orwell’s pox-on-both-their-houses critique of the capitalist humans and Communist pigs. So after his death in 1950, agents were dispatched (by none other than E. Howard Hunt, later of Watergate fame) to buy the film rights to ”Animal Farm” from his widow to make its message more overtly anti-Communist.
You can watch the entire film for free online:
Never read Animal Farm? Read it and learn the meaning of :
All animals are equalbut some animals are more equal than others.
Free copies of Animal Farm are at:GeorgeOrwell.com>>
Complete text file at Gutenberg Australia>>
How the C.I.A. Played Dirty Tricks With Culture, The New York Times>>
Second source, at Common Dreams>>