Louise Gold voiced Mabel The Chicken, on this TV Film in 1999
Farmer Pilkington - Alan Stanford
Mrs Jones - Caroline Gray
Mrs Pilkington - Gail Fitzpatrick
Mr Frederick - Joe Taylor
Dennis - Jimmy Keogh
Eric - Noel OíDonovan
Farmers - Gerad Walsh, and, Jer OíLeary
Pilkingtonís Sons - Sean Fitzsimons, and, Conor Kirwan
Snowball - Kelsey Grammer
Squealer - Ian Holm
Mollie - Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Jessie - Julia Ormond
Benjamin / Farmer Jones - Pete Postlewaite
Boxer - Paul Schofield
Napoleon - Patrick Stewart
Old Major - Peter Ustinov
Moses / Pitcher - Charles Dale
Mabel - Louise Gold
Muriel - Jean Beith
Other Voices - Paul Mark Elliott, Brian Gulland, Hannah King, Charlotte Merton-Laight, Tim Merton-Laight, Amanda Symonds, Nicole Tibbles, and, Tim Whitnall
(Please note this is only a selection, please refer to The IMDB if you want the full crew credits)
Directed by - John Stephenson
From The Novel By - George Orwell
Teleplay - Alan Janes and Martyn Burke
Producers - Robert Halmi Sr, Paul Lowin, Morgan OíSullivan, Greg Smith
Original Music by - Richard Harvey
Cinematography by - Mike Brewster
Casting by -
Sound Mixer - Jim Corcoran
Dialogue Editor - James Feltham
Sound Editor - Arthur Graley
Supervising Sound Editor - Nigel Heath
Dialogue Recordist - Nicky Moss
CGI by - Cinesite
Animatronics by - Jim Hensonís Creature Shop
Voice Casting - Bonita Pietila
Animatronics Designer and Model Maker - Chris Howes
This is one of those occasions, like (the Ballroom Dancing in) Labyrinth, only even more puzzling, when one is left to wondering why one notable British puppeteer is involved the production but not as a puppeteer. This must be the only TV animatronics venture (especially one with animatronics by Jim Hensonís Creature Shop) for which Louise Gold was only a voice-artiste. Practically every other animatronics production where she has voiced characters, she also puppeteered them, but not on this occasion.
Notable British puppeteer Louise Gold is of course absolutely no stranger to productions involving Jim Hensonís Creature Shop, she worked as a puppeteer on their very first film, The Dark Crystal. She worked on several of their other films in one guise or another: Labyrinth (appeared as a Ballroom dancer), Alice In Wonderland (as a puppeteer) And she puppeteered the title role in their TV series The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.
Director John Stephenson had worked on The Creature Shopís very first film The Dark Crystal; on which Composer Richard Harvey played as a soloist.
Animatronics Model Maker and Designer Chris Howes also worked on The Muppet Christmas Carol, which of course Louise Gold puppeteered on.
Peter Ustinov may have previously appeared in Comedy Tonight
Peter Ustinov had previously acted in the Henson film The Great Muppet Caper, on which Louise Gold of course puppeteered.
Cinematographer Michael Brewster had previously been a camera operator on The Muppet Christmas Carol, whose puppet builders included John Stephenson, and, Chris Howes.
Michael Brewster had previously worked on Muppet Treasure Island, for which Jim Hensonís Creature ShopTM was also involved in building puppets and whose puppet builders included John Stephenson; Cinesite was also involved.
Jim Hensonís Creature ShopTM also provided the puppets for Alice In Wonderland, whose voice-artistes included Peter Postlethaite, and, Peter Ustinov, and whose production team included Robert Halmi Sr
Jim Hensonís Creature ShopTM and John Stephenson had previously worked on a CG puppet for The Animal Show.
Amanda Symonds, and, Louise Gold have gone on to appear together on the West End stage in Mary Poppins.
Links about Animal Farm
IMDB Entry: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0204824/
Absolutely Net page for the TV film: http://www.absolutely.net/movie/1999_Animal_Farm_(1999).html
Amazon.Comís page for the TV Film: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000365DS/102-4090853-5988155?v=glance&n=130&v=glance&vi=contents
The Four Word Film Reviewís page for the TV Film: http://www.fwfr.com/display.asp?id=8287
Amazon.co.ukís page for the TV Film: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/dvd/B00004TIYH/cast-list/026-6087304-4239602
Filmcritic.comís page for the TV Film: http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/0/4d452d69e9d4740288256801002075b7?OpenDocument
Most Wanted Movies page for the TV Film: http://www.most-wanted-movies.com/movie/Animal-Farm-1999.aspx