It’s impossible to overstate the impact that the 1945 publication of George Orwell’s Animal Farm has had on literary fiction. The allegorical, dystopian vision of an animal dictatorship instilled the phrases ‘four legs good, two legs bad’ and ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’ into the collective consciousness. Similarly, the release of John Halas and Joy Batchelor’s 1954 animated adaptation of Orwell’s tale was a landmark moment in British cinema. The first homegrown animated film to be released, Animal Farm took 80 animators three years to make. The animated classic was described at the time as ‘Disney turned serious’. Presented here in a newly restored HD version, Animal Farm has lost none of its enduring political or cultural relevance in the intervening years.