Cartoons and animated shows used to target children, but it’s a different story now. There are adult animated shows that are just plain inappropriate for kids and also for kids but have meanings that only adults can fully comprehend. A unique genre of shows with political meanings and a famous movie in this genre is Animal Farm which is based on a novel with the same title by George Orwell.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm, a political parable based on the tale of the Russian Revolution and Joseph Stalin’s betrayal of it, was completed by George Orwell in 1944. In the book, a group of farm animals overthrow and drive out their oppressive human owners to find their own egalitarian civilization. A dictatorship that is even more brutal and heartless than their old human owners eventually emerges under the leadership of the animals’ intelligent and power-hungry piglets. When Animal Farm was published in 1945, Orwell, who initially had trouble finding a publisher for the modest masterwork, became famous and, for the first time, affluent.
Old Major, a pig, tells a story of a future where all animals live free from the oppression of their human rulers, the animals at Mr Jones’ Manor Farm. Old Major passes away shortly after the meeting, but the animals are moved by his Animalism doctrine and decide to rebel against Jones. Snowball and Napoleon, two pigs, establish themselves as key players and planners of this risky venture. The revolution breaks out due to Jones forgetting to feed the animals, and he and his men are expelled from the property. The Seven Commandments of Animalism are painted on the barn wall, and Manor Farm is renamed Animal Farm.
The revolt succeeds first: The animals finish the harvest and convene every Sunday to discuss agricultural policy. Due to their intellect, the pigs take over as the farm’s managers. Napoleon, however, reveals himself to be a power-hungry figure who steals apples and milk from the cows to feed the other pigs and himself. He also employs Squealer, a pig with the power to convince other animals that pigs are moral and always make the right choices.
Later that autumn, Jones and his men try to take back Animal Farm. In what will be known as The Battle of the Cowshed, the animals triumph over Jones thanks to Snowball’s strategies. When winter comes, a human lures the conceited horse Mollie off the farm by promising her ribbons and candy. Snowball started to design a windmill to supply power and provide the animals with more leisure time. Napoleon fiercely opposes this notion because creating the windmill would leave them less time for generating food.
The following year is largely devoted to building the windmill. Boxer’s extremely powerful horse proved to be the most useful animal in this quest. On the other hand, Jones abandons the farm and relocates to a different area of the county. Napoleon employs a lawyer and starts doing business with nearby farmers, which is against Animalism’s tenets. Napoleon unsurprisingly accuses Snowball as a storm overturns the partially completed windmill and instructs the animals to start building it again.
Napoleon’s desire for power grows to the point where he assumes the role of a totalitarian dictator, forcing helpless animals to make “confessions” and then having the dogs execute them in front of the farm’s other animals. He and the pigs enter Jones’ home and use the beds there. The pigs get fatter while the animals get less and less food. Years go by, and Animal Farm’s boundaries grow after Napoleon buys two fields from Pilkington, a different neighbouring farmer. All of the animals (apart from pigs) have a difficult existence. The pigs eventually learn to stand on their hind legs and adopt numerous other traits from their old human captors. Outside the window, other animals observe the event, but they cannot distinguish between the pigs and the people.
How does it relate to us today?
Children are not interested in learning lessons from past mistakes, especially since they live cushy lives that are not affected by things that happened in the past. This is when rendering comes into play. You need to get their attention first, and only then can you try to teach them. Animal Farm was turned into a movie with animated characters to get children interested, and it’s working because the movie has garnered over two million views. So, what exactly can people learn from Animal Farm?
Be careful who you trust.
It is very easy to trust the first person who promises to help you when going through something difficult. Sadly, sometimes the person who claims to be your salvation can end up being worse than what you escaped. In Animal Farm, the animals are not very happy. Their owner would sometimes forget to feed them; he didn’t always keep their areas clean or treat them well. The animals were inspired by Old Major and his dream of equality for everyone. They were on the right track, but unfortunately, they put their trust in the wrong leader. Napoleon was supposed to be their saviour, but he led them to an even worse situation. He took advantage of their trust and the fact that they were not the brightest and just did whatever would benefit himself and the other pigs while neglecting the others.
Remember that some people prioritise power.
Some people prioritise other people, while for others, it’s power. You need to be careful who you choose as your leader. This is fairly common with politicians; they tell sweet lies to gain your trust and vote. They will claim to protect the people, but only after they get what they want will you see their true colours. It is important to remember that not everyone who says they will help you will actually do it. Such was the case in the novel. The animals only wanted to be treated equally, and they were willing to continue working hard with the hope that one day, they could retire and enjoy life. They thought the pigs would help them; after all, they are animals. Why would one animal hurt another?
Rendering can be extremely useful when taking projects from paper and making them 3d. It can help with teaching children and people who have difficulty learning through regular reading and writing. That is why it is such a positive thing that Animal Farm was turned into something that everyone could enjoy. It can teach you many lessons, and the symbolism behind the story tells you that it is not just fiction but something real and tangible and that it can happen again if we’re not careful.