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Animal Farm
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Richard Harvey

Co-Orchestrated by:
Daryl Griffith
Simon Chamberlain
Bill Connor
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 5th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2002.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the most convincing Russian Revolution scores ever to exist for film, a deviously intelligent musical rendition of George Orwell's classical tale with enticing attention to detail.

Avoid it... if you prefer your cute, singing animals to be performing something other than depressing Russian anthems of melodramatic, bittersweet weight.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #886
WRITTEN 9/25/03, REVISED 4/4/09
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Animal Farm: (Richard Harvey) Once the technical ability to produce realistic speaking animals was rendered in 1995's Babe, it was inevitable that the most famous, adult "talking animal" story of all time would be adapted to live action. George Orwell's 1945 novel "Animal Farm" is revered as a bleak, but prophetic political companion piece to his story of 1984. It is an allegory for the Russian Revolution and the eventual pitfalls of communism to follow, and in 1999, the TNT cable channel translated most of Orwell's story to the small screen. While much of author's vision is darkly dramatized in the farm setting, with the animals overthrowing their British manor masters, some liberties were taken at the end of the story to update Orwell's tale to reflect modern events (mainly, the fall of communism and tearing down of stone walls). Purists of the story were horrified, and the film's depressing nature (before the Americans save the day in an ending that defeats the purpose of the story) makes it less suitable to the children's audience that would otherwise be inclined to watch a film with talking and singing animals. Thus, Animal Farm failed to satisfy either end, and you end up with a Russian allegory of the most serious kind that is littered with upbeat performances by singing animals that were apparently meant to satisfy younger audiences. It's obvious that the producers didn't know exactly how to treat this narrative. The score by Richard Harvey had to walk a similar tightrope, conveying the workers' revolt while also producing music that was compatible with his own songs for the performing animals. Harvey's career is littered with impressive solo works for obscure films, though he is probably better known for his woodwind performances and additional music for mainstream blockbusters. Instead of Americanizing the music for Animal Farm (or intentionally producing a neo-classical soup of strange stylistic combinations, as had been done with the film version of Orwell's 1984), Harvey doesn't at all try to hide the allegory for Western audiences who may not be familiar with the story's intentions.



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305 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.8 Stars
***** 152 5 Stars
**** 51 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 28 2 Stars
* 40 1 Stars
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Didnt this CD already get reviewed with 4 stars? Or Am I thinking of something esle? *NM*   Expand >>
TimT - March 30, 2004, at 5:13 p.m.
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I knew Christian would review this score
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:21
• 1. "Storm of Judgement"/Main Title (1:44)
• 2. "Dumb Animals..." (2:29)
• 3. Meeting in the Barn (2:05)
• 4. Old Major's Last Words/"Beasts of the World" (2:51)
• 5. "We Can Help Ourselves" (3:23)
• 6. The Battle of the Barn (2:08)
• 7. "At Last We Are Free" (2:43)
• 8. In the House/Commandments (3:20)
• 9. The Harvest and the Flag (2:59)
• 10. The Pigs Take Control (2:34)
• 11. The Big Battle (5:45)
• 12. Snowball Banished (1:22)
• 13. "Long Live Animal Farm"/The Windmill (4:15)
• 14. "Let Me Explain" (1:07)
• 15. Jones Destroys the Windmill (2:03)
• 16. "Glorious Leader Napoleon!"/Squealer's Song (2:30)
• 17. "All Hens are Criminals!"/The Pigs Get Drunk (2:14)
• 18. "Guilty!" (1:54)
• 19. Boxer's Fate (4:51)
• 20. "More Equal than Others" (4:17)
• 21. The Song of the Grateful Duck (2:25)
• 22. "We Were Never Free" (2:41)
• 23. End Titles (3:42)

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