Uprising of the animals

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German title Uprising of the animals
Original title Animal Farm
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English
Publishing year 1954
length 72 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director John Halas ,
Joy Batchelor
production Joy Batchelor,
John Halas
music Mátyás Seiber

Rising of the Animals is a cartoon by John Halas and Joy Batchelor from 1954 , which is based on the fable Animal Farm from 1945 by George Orwell . This film is also known as the Animal Farm . It is considered to be the first European animation production in full length.

In short, this fable is about the fact that one reign of terror is replaced by another. The novelist dealt in his novels with political systems of rule, especially the dictatorship. One of his most famous works is the novel 1984 . They are assigned to the utopian genre of dystopias .


For table of contents see the main article: Animal Farm .

The plot is largely based on the original, but the ending is clearly different. The pigs do not begin to make common cause with people, but can trigger an "animal world revolution" in the course of which the pigs come to power on every farm and set themselves the goal, the other animals always with less and less food to let work more. In the very last scene of the film, the oppressed animals start a second revolution, this time against the rule of the pigs.

The animal figures are metaphorically designed and allegorically represent characters such as Karl Marx , Lenin (the boar Old Major), Leon Trotsky (the snowball pig) or Stalin (the Napoleon pig). A second, more innocuous, approach is that of children's cartoons. During the Cold War, the film was financed with money from the CIA ; it premiered in New York City , then premiered in Germany in June 1955 at the Berlinale , in Australia in 1961 at the Adelaide Film Festival, and again in Germany 1982. The film has been dubbed in ten languages ​​so far.


"A formally and in the pointed statement partially captivating adaptation of the novel by George Orwell, which was intended by the author as a polemic against the Russian revolution which ended in Stalinism."


While only two speakers can be heard in the original version ( Gordon Heath as the narrator and Maurice Denham as all the other voices and animal sounds), Eberhard Cronshagen used several speakers for the German version.

role English speaker German speaker
teller Gordon Heath Wilhelm Borchert
The old major ( old major ) Maurice Denham Eduard Wandrey
Snowball ( Snowball ) Maurice Denham Hans-Dieter Zeidler
Napoleon Maurice Denham Arnold Marquis
Quieker ( squealer ) Maurice Denham Horst Gentzen
Benjamin Maurice Denham Maurice Denham
boxer Maurice Denham Heinrich Riethmüller
Sheep Maurice Denham Gerd Duwner
Farmer Jones Maurice Denham Martin Hirthe
Pilkington Maurice Denham Erich Kestin
Frederik Maurice Denham Hans Hermann Schaufuss

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for uprising of the animals . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2009 (PDF; test number: 14 931 DVD).
  2. ^ Brian Sibley: English commentary on the occasion of the DVD reissue from August 18, 2003
  3. uprising of the animals. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed December 5, 2018 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used