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Animal Farm

Synopsis
John Halas and Joy Batchelor’s adaptation of George Orwell’s novel was the first feature-length British animated film to be given a theatrical release. Actor and singer Gordon Heath narrates, and the characters are voiced by Maurice Denham. To celebrate the film’s 60th anniversary, it is featured in this release in a new transfer made from original film elements, and in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1954
Notes
2014 release also available on Blu-Ray (£9.18)
Subjects
English language and literature; Film studies
Keywords
animation films; Orwell, George

Credits

Director
John Halas; Joy Batchelor
Writer
George Orwell
Cast
Gordon Heath 
Maurice Denham 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£6.98
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
69 minutes
Year
2014

Production Company

Name

Halas & Batchelor Animation Ltd

Email
john.southall@solent.ac.uk
Phone
023 8031 9030
Fax
023 8023 2510
Notes
The Halas & Batchelor Animation archive is housed at the Southampton Institute International Animation Research Archive (SIIARA). Contact John Southall, Southampton Institute, Design Faculty, Southampton Institute, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN, tel 023 8031 9030, fax 023 8023 2510, e-mail: john.southall@solent.ac.uk

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

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