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How successful as an adaptation of the novel is the cartoon version of 'Animal Farm'.

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How successful as an adaptation of the novel is the cartoon version of 'Animal Farm' "A film for all the family. It educates and entertains with a story that is forever timeless." This was how the animated version of 'Animal Farm' was described. The eighty-seven page novel written by George Orwell aimed at teenagers and adults has recently been converted into an hour and ten minute long film which is suitable and supposedly appealing to young children. This meant having to cut down and altar some of the storylines and characters within the novel to suit this age range but at the same time, trying not to lose the basic structure of the novel and the messages given out by George Orwell throughout the book. After viewing the film, we all have our individual opinions on whether this has been done effectively and whether the purpose of the novel was fulfilled. I felt that on a whole, the cartoon version of 'Animal Farm' did not live up to the standards of the novel, however, you find that this is the case with most films that have been converted from books. Although the basic storyline of the novel was suitable for children, the meaning behind the novel was beyond the understanding of this age range. ...read more.

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An example of this is right at the beginning of the cartoon version of 'Animal Farm' during Old Major's speech. The film did not show all the animals learning 'Beasts of England' however; all the animals somehow seemed to know it. This wouldn't have mattered to children, however teenagers and adults would have most probably noticed this. Throughout the whole book, a lot of the events were in the wrong order, which didn't really make much difference if you had not previously read the book, however it made me slightly confused. Also, a lot of the events that were changed from how they were written in the book because of the audience that was trying to be attracted. They changed the storyline from how it was written in the book to make it much more understandable by children, and on occasions, such as the one right at the end, they created a totally new event so that it would be more appealing to children and not frighten them. One of the major events that they changed in the film, was that of the windmill being knocked down for the first time in a storm. All that was showed in the film was it being knocked down for the second time in 'The Battle of the Windmill'. ...read more.

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My personal opinion is that this change did not help the film in any way. In fact, I actually feel that it degraded the film a little as Benjamin's character covered up a lot of Boxer's effort and bravery. I agree with the fact that the producers decided to keep in all the small parts because there was no real reason to leave them out, however I think that they could have defined between Snowball and Napolean more as they came across to me as too blended. With Mr Jones, you could easily tell that he was a 'baddy' just by the way the artist had drawn him, however there was no real noticeable difference between Snowball and Napolean apart from the way they looked. I would have thought that the film would have emphasized the characters that the audience could get hooked into, such as Mollie. However, this didn't seem to be the case and I do not feel that they successfully altered the characters so that they suit a film for all ages. On the whole, I do not feel that the cartoon version of 'Animal Farm' was very successful. I think that they chose a very hard task and they did not carry it out effectively as it certainly did not entertain and educate my classmates and myself. Clare Weaver 9S 16.11.01 ...read more.

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