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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.

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    It wasn't my first stay on the farm. I'd read Orwell as a girl, one with ethnic roots reaching back to the Baltic States (Latvia) then occupied by the Soviet Union, and so having grown up on stories of human cruelty and betrayal, of human nature gone corrupt when faced with the seduction of power -- all of that rather than the common, soothing fairy tale. For that reason, I surely understood it on a deeper level than most of my peers. I was fifteen the first of many times I visited the Soviet Union. And even though I had been born in the then freedom of the United States, I understood well enough that what I was witnessing was the essence of evil. George Orwell was a socialist. With leanings towards Trotsky, perhaps an idealism that would be tested by the ugly reality of human nature, he did not stand where I stood in terms of ideology. I leaned more towards a laissez faire capitalism, a system never tested on this planet to this very day, but that did not detract from my enthusiasm for "Animal Farm." On this barnyard, we saw eye to eye and snout to snout. "Animal Farm" is a story as if written for a child, and yet, not. Its language is simple. But the adult aware of history and politics, of the ways of government out of control, fully recognizes the parallels Orwell intended with the Russian Revolution. His animal characters had human counterparts. Marx, Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, all find their form here among pigs become men, or is it men become pigs. Guard dogs mimic KGB, hard working horses (Boxer) mimic the hardworking proletarians, tragically deluded. A farm of abused and overworked animals, often slaughtered when they have passed their prime as work animals, revolt against the farmer - mankind - surely the epitome of cruel animal. Alas, given such power as to run the farm themselves, the animals quickly shift into social classes delineated by power. Pigs rule, and with their rule comes privilege. To sustain privilege, the pigs change laws to their convenience and pleasure. The basic tenet of "All animals are equal" becomes "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."


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