Animal Farm: Movie Vs. Novel

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Animal Farm: Movie vs. Novel Halas and Batchelor in their film Animal Farm make very different aesthetic choices than George Orwell in his novel Animal Farm. Firstly, the cartoon genre that the movie uses gives the impression that it is a children’s movie. Secondly, there is a lack of a narrator and voices throughout the movie which makes the characters very depersonalized. Thirdly, the movie uses an inappropriate humor than Orwell’s novel. In comparison to George Orwell’s original novel Animal Farm, the film by John Halas and Joy Batchelor is a failure. Firstly, the movie Animal Farm is a failure in comparison to Orwell’s original version of Animal Farm, because it is a cartoon. The imagery that the movie uses is very basic, simple and directed towards a younger audience. Cartoons are typically directed towards children, however this movie is based on a very serious topic that most children are not aware of. For example, the animals are all very basic and pure coloured cartoons and to express that the animals are in shock, the film makers decide to flash a single still image of an animal with its mouth open. However, in the novel Orwell dictates how the animals are feeling through their words and the reader gets a better understanding of how the animal really feels. “I had no intention of doing that. I forgot that I was wearing iron shoes. Who will believe that I did not do this on purpose?” (28). Secondly, the movie Animal Farm is a failure in comparison to Orwell’s original version because the characters lack personality in the movie. Since there is little to no narrating throughout the movie we do not get to know and understand the characters as well as we do by reading the novel. Throughout the book Orwell chooses to inform the audience of how the characters are feeling about different issues and circumstances. For example, how Mollie feels that she is
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