Wow, I came up with this crazy brilliant idea! What if we re-wrote Animal Farm to be Canadian Animal Farm 2015. If I am losing you here click these links and then come back and be sure to watch the movie.
I visit Wikipedia and I edited out the Soviet stuff because many people - the younger generation do not know this history and I don't know it well myself, but the point is to adapt the info to our own corrupted, twisted, sad political, ecological environment and help people see what is happening.
We need to work fast here, with the election coming, we have to reach out to the kids. I call them kids because I am 53 and I am old to alot of you and you may not want to hear what I have to say. It is critical EVERYONE votes this time. We have to get rid of the old way of voting, that's the next step, but MOST IMPORTANT, Stephen Harper MUST NEVER be elected EVER EVER AGAIN! NEVER!
If we do not act, Canada will be destroyed as the one we know and love. It's beeing sliding down hill fast but we can turn it around. By going green and focusing on gardens- VICTORY GARDENS, composting, raising our own food and building shelters for everyone. No child should go hungry.
Anyways, here's what I got, this is from the book-wikipedia - the movie is a little different but we just need to re-write all the characters.
Okay here goes.
Old Major-the inspiration that fuels the Rebellion in the book
Napoleon-not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way. Napoleon is the main villain of Animal Farm
Snowball -Napoleon's rival and original head of the farm after Jones' overthrow.
Squealer-A small, white, fat porker who serves as Napoleon's right-trotter pig and minister of propaganda
Minimus-A poetic pig who writes the second and third national anthems of Animal Farm after the singing of "Beasts of England" is banned.
The Piglets -Hinted to be the children of Napoleon and are the first generation of animals subjugated to his idea of animal inequality.
The young pigs- – Four pigs who complain about Napoleon's takeover of the farm but are quickly silenced and later executed
Pinkeye – A minor pig who is mentioned only once; he is the pig that tastes Napoleon's food to make sure it is not poisoned, in response to rumours about an assassination attempt on Napoleon.
Mr. Jones- The former owner of the farm, Jones is a very heavy drinker. The animals revolt against him after he drinks so much that he does not feed or take care of them.
Mr Frederick -The tough owner of Pinchfield, a small but well-kept neighbouring farm, who briefly enters into an alliance with Napoleon. He is an allegory of Adolf Hitler
Mr Pilkington – The easy-going but crafty and well-to-do owner of Foxwood, a large neighbouring farm overgrown with weeds
Mr Whymper – A man hired by Napoleon to act as the liaison between Animal Farm and human society. At first he is used to acquire goods needed for the farm, such as dog biscuits and paraffin, but later he procures luxuries like alcohol for the pigs
Horses and donkeys
Boxer – A loyal, kind, dedicated, hard working, and respectable cart-horse, although quite naive and gullible. Boxer does a large share of the physical labor on the farm, adhering to the simplistic belief that working harder will solve all the animal's problems. He has been described as "faithful and strong"; he believes any problem can be solved if he works harder.
Mollie – A self-centered, self-indulgent and vain young white mare who quickly leaves for another farm after the revolution.
Clover - A gentle, caring female horse, who shows concern especially for Boxer, who often pushes himself too hard. She seems to catch on to the sly tricks and schemes set up by Napoleon and Squealer.
Benjamin – A donkey, one of the oldest, wisest animals on the farm, and one of the few who can read properly. He is skeptical, temperamental and cynical: his most frequent remark is, "Life will go on as it has always gone on—that is, badly.
Muriel – A wise old goat who is friends with all of the animals on the farm. She, like Benjamin and Snowball; is one of the few animals on the farm who can read.
The Puppies – Offspring of Jessie and Bluebell, taken away from them by Napoleon at birth and reared by Napoleon to be his security force.
Moses – The raven "was Mr. Jones's especial pet, was a spy and a tale-bearer, but he was also a clever talker." Initially following Mrs. Jones into exile, he reappears several years later and resumes his role of talking but not working. He regales Animal Farm's denizens with tales of a wondrous place beyond the clouds called "Sugarcandy Mountain, that happy country where we poor animals shall rest forever from our labours!"
The Sheep – They show limited understanding of the Animalism and the political atmosphere of the farm, yet nonetheless they blindly support Napoleon's ideals with vocal jingles during his speeches and meetings with Snowball.
The Hens – The hens are among the first to rebel against Napoleon.
The Cows – Their milk is stolen by the pigs, who learn to milk them. The milk is stirred into the pigs' mash every day, while the other animals are denied such luxuries.
The Cat – Never seen to carry out any work, the cat is absent for long periods, and is forgiven because her excuses are so convincing and she "purred so affectionately that it was impossible not to believe in her good intentions". She has no interest in the politics of the farm, and the only time she is recorded as having participated in an election, she is found to have actually "voted on both sides".
The pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer adapt Old Major's ideas into "a complete system of thought", which they formally name Animalism,
Soon after, Napoleon and Squealer partake in activities associated with the humans (drinking alcohol, sleeping in beds, trading), which were explicitly prohibited by the Seven Commandments. Squealer is employed to alter the Seven Commandments to account for this humanisation
The original commandments are:
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.
Later, Napoleon and his pigs secretly revise some commandments to clear themselves of accusations of law-breaking. The changed commandments are as follows, with the changes bolded:
No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
Eventually, these are replaced with the maxims, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", and "Four legs good, two legs better!" as the pigs become more human. This is an ironic twist to the original purpose of the Seven Commandments, which were supposed to keep order within Animal Farm by uniting the animals together against the humans and preventing animals from following the humans' evil habits.
Through the revision of the commandments, Orwell demonstrates how simply political dogma can be turned into malleable propaganda.
We need to put some good music in it...maybe this?
Pink Floyd's 1977 record album Animals was partially inspired by Animal Farm. It categorises people as pigs, dogs, or sheep.
Pigs on the Wing (Part One) (Waters) 1:24
If you didn't care what happened to me,
And I didn't care for you,
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
Wondering which of the buggars to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.
Pigs (Three Different Ones) (Waters) 11:26
Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are.
And when your hand is on your heart,
You're nearly a good laugh,
Almost a joker,
With your head down in the pig bin,
Saying "Keep on digging."
Pig stain on your fat chin.
What do you hope to find.
When you're down in the pig mine.
You're nearly a laugh,
You're nearly a laugh
But you're really a cry.
Pigs on the Wing (Part Two) (Waters) 1:27
You know that I care what happens to you,
And I know that you care for me.
So I don't feel alone,
Or the weight of the stone,
Now that I've found somewhere safe
To bury my bone.
And any fool knows a dog needs a home,
A shelter from pigs on the wing.