Animal Farm (off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

This show will take place at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, located at 1345 W. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Presented by Animation Breakdown

The film will be preceded by a puppet show!

This adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Communist fable was Britain’s first ever wide-release animated film. Following the death of the Lenin-esque Old Major, a power struggle ensues between pig, horse, donkey, and man. Yet the story of the film’s making is as engrossing as the narrative itself. In 1974 Howard Hunt – the ex-intelligence hatchet man then-imprisoned for his role in Watergate – revealed that the CIA’s Office of Policy Co-Ordination had bankrolled Animal Farm, in a series of anti-Soviet counterintelligence operations engaged alongside Britain’s Information Research Department. So, in the midst of conducting psychedelic mind control experiments and overthrowing socialist Latin American governments, American intelligence was developing propaganda out of one of the world’s foremost anti-propagandist writers. Adding to the curiosity, Animal Farm remained largely underseen in the United States – though it was quite popular in West German elementary schools.

Dir. John Halas and Joy Batchelor, 1954, digital presentation, 69 min.

Though all are welcome, please note that this film features mature themes and may not be appropriate for young children.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!