A Modern Day Animal Farm Tale
Based on, and a tribute to, George Orwell's novella “Animal Farm.” This short story is a modern day look at this legendary political thriller. It starts as the pigs have had now a two generation grip on Manor Farm and now have an aggressive and brutal police force of dogs. Napoleon III makes a deal with an oil company and in its incompetence the company spills oil and poisons one of the favorite drinking pond. Napoleon III is quick to blame it on a neighboring farm and sends his police force there and kills the owners along with some of his animals. Napoleon III claims they are giving the animals on that farm independence but in secret has no intention on doing so planning on taking over that farm too. The cats watch Napoleon's raid and vandalize a statue at Manor Farm. They put up a statue of Boxer the horse, a hero of the original Animal Farm who was murdered by Napoleon's grandfather. The cats form a rebel army along with the other animals at Baker's Farm which Napoleon III has taken over. They succeed in liberating the farm but fail at liberating Manor Farm and take on casualties. Soon a new power hungry animal comes to Manor Farm and takes over the police force before taking over the entire farm. The cats and other animals from Baker's Farm must fight the oppressive forces from retaking Baker's Farm while trying to liberate the animals of Manor Farm.
- Timothy House, May 2011
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