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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Movie or TV Productions

1999 TV Movie

A TV movie with animatronics technology. Voices of Kelsey Grammar, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patrick Stewart.

1954 Movie

An animated movie version of Animal Farm.

Now In Full Color

Fun fact about this 1954 adaptation: every single animal is voiced by the same guy. Talk about low budget.

Hallmark Presents

Okay, we'll just be over here wondering why IMBD has classified this 1999 adaptation as "comedy" and "family."

Images

Changes in Commandments

Comprehensive revised version of the commandments, showing all tracked changes.

Oopsy Daisy

Squealer falls off the ladder while altering the commandments in this 1950 comic strip.

The Green and White

Here's the extremely restrained cover of Animal Farm's first edition.

Benjamin, Is That You?

In this 1933 photo, Orwell looks like he has a bit of the old grumpy donkey in him.

Documents

Original Preface to the Book

Orwell’s original preface to Animal Farm. Discusses issues of censorship.

Letters From the Author

Letters from Orwell regarding Animal Farm.

Read All About It

Check out Orwell's original preface. Can you see why he'd have trouble publishing it?

Your Morning Cry

Here's Orwell's classic essay, "Shooting an Elephant." It's about shooting an elephant. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Honest, Decent, and Wrong

Everything you know is wrong: star New Yorker essayist Louis Menand upends Orwell's legacy.

News

Two Legs Good

This little guy would not agree with Snowball's maxim.  Honestly, is this the best thing you've ever seen, or what?

Websites

Complete and Searchable

Can't get enough Orwell? This site has enough to keep you occupied through a whole Russian winter.

Keep the Commandments

Hm. Was it "No animal shall sleep in a bed to excess," or "No animals shall drink in sheets?" No worries: you can check out a comprehensive revised version of the commandments right here.

Orwell-mania

Brown University has a neat little online exhibition of some Orwell documents.

Videos

Not All That Animates Is Disney

Even cute little piggies can't make us feel good about this 1954 animated adaptation.

Make It So

Check out this 1999 version with real farm animals—and the voice of Captain Jean-Luc Picard as Napoleon. (No wonder all the animals follow him.)

Audio

Betcha Can't Choose Just One

We couldn't decide which of these fan renditions of "Beasts of England" we liked best.

Everything's Better With an Accent

British actress Tamsin Greig narrates Animal Farm.

Listen While You Work

The nice thing about an audio book is that you can still harvest the hay while you "read."

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