Snowball, Squealer, Old Major and Napoleon of Animal Farm The piggies in George Orwells landmark 1945 satire of Soviet totalitarianism are total swines. But then again, they are thinly disguised porky incarnations of Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Leon Trotsky and Vyacheslav Molotov. An animated version of the story directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor was released in 1954. In 1996, it became a stage play in England. And, in 1999, a lavish new TV movie version of the allegory aired on TNT with Kelsey Grammer as the voice of Snowball, Patrick Stewart as Napoleon, and Ian Holm as Squealer. The realistic animals were provided by Jim Hensons Creature Shop.
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