Animal Farm 1.8: Stop Stalin Already

Dsytopian LiteratureAnimal Farm
LanguageEnglish Language
SourceAnimal Farm

Transcript

00:28

Then he died before the action started. Sounds a lot like Karl Marx. [Pig dies on farm]

00:32

Just like Old Major’s speech sparked the animals to rebel, Marx’s Communist Manifesto [Marx holding communist manifesto on a street]

00:37

started a movement.

00:39

But neither Major nor Marx stuck around to guide the revolution.

00:43

It would soon be as dead as they were. [Gravestone for Animal farm and Russian Revolution]

00:45

Old Major may be small in the grand scheme of things, but he sure started something.

00:48

Like a magic bean, he planted hope for a better life and it grew into a giant problem. [Old Major protesting in a town square]

00:54

Old Major was an idealist who discounted the allure of power and wealth.

00:57

But pigs like shiny things, and bling is hard to resist. [Old Major with shiny diamonds]

01:02

Major and Marx were all about the why for revolution and forgot about the how…

01:07

As in - how the heck are we supposed to run things after we overthrow everything we know in life? [Animals on a farm discussing what to do]

01:13

Napoleon, who is so obviously Stalin that he practically has a bushy mustache, sees

01:17

this as a gaping hole of opportunity and gradually fills it… with himself.

01:22

He’s the pig whose brick house of political intrigue and terror withstood all challenges and doubts. [Doubt and challenge land on brick house]

01:27

It probably helped that it was guarded on all sides by his loyal henchdogs.

01:31

They were all about their studded collars. [Hench dogs guarding house]

01:34

And their job description? Tear out throats at the enemy on command.

01:38

Like Stalin, Napoleon had a foolproof management style:

01:41

Lie to everybody. Steal whatever you want. [Napoleon giving a speech]

01:44

Kill whoever disagrees with you. Control by terror.

01:48

It might sound crazy to you, but to his loyal supporters, that worked.

01:51

How is that even possible?

01:53

Hey, put lipstick on a pig and the crowd thinks it’s… a prettier pig. [A pig wearing lipstick and a wig]

01:57

Add a Photoshop and, voilà, he’s a star with a fan club.

02:02

…Or Miss Piggy….hard to tell.

02:03

Too bad about the third little pig, Snowball.

02:06

Just like Trotsky (the champion of the Russian Revolution), [Snowball and Trotsky]

02:09

with all his brilliance and genuine concern for the public, he could have been a true star.

02:13

And Napoleon wasn’t taking any chances. So Snowball had to go.

02:17

This is where the terror and the henchdogs come in…

02:20

Snowball was a nice guy and we all know where they finish. That’s right – last. [Snowball being chased by dog]

02:25

Snowball had a straw house, it left him exposed and vulnerable to the big bad wolf.

02:30

And although the dogs didn’t rip out Snowball’s throat, his counterpart, Trotsky, wasn’t so lucky.

02:35

He was assassinated in Mexico with an icepick. Now that’s cold. [Trotsky's face in Mexico on a map and ice pick appears]