Meatrix (English)

  • The Meatrix
  • Louis Fox
  • Spojené státy
  • 2003
  • 4 min.
  • titulky
  • 8—12 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. To practise grammar and improve understanding of spoken word in a foreign language
  2. To think about the living conditions of animals in industrial farming
  3. To realise our own stance on meat consumption

Do you know what the Meatrix is? It is the generally spread lie about the origin of meat, which we believe in. At least this is what the authors of this witty, animated parody on the popular sci-fi movie Matrix tell us. The mysterious bull Moopheus unveils the truth to Leo, the pig, about his life, when he offers him a pill, which discloses the truth about the real world he lives in. The pleasant family-owned farm, where Leo has been living until now disappears and Leo and Moopheus find themselves in a large-scale industrial hog farm. Leo gradually finds out how people treat farm animals: they keep them in small enclosed spaces with no opportunity to run outside and give them low quality feed. At the same time, large farm are a burden on the environment in the surrounding area. Will Leo want to return to the fantasy land or will he decide to fight for the truth and join Moopheus and his friends?


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Recommended age group

8—12 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Výuka angličtiny / English

Teaching materials

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Me, Meatrix and Meat

Activity / A2/B1 / 45 min

Pupils will:
  • increase their awareness of living conditions of animals in factory farming
  • think about healthy and unhealthy food
  • develop their communication skills in English

Red or Blue?

Activity / B1 / 60 min

Pupils will:
  • talk about where our food comes from
  • understand a foreign languge text
  • form thoughts in a foreign language

Where Does the Food Come From

Activity / B1 / 60 min.

Students will:

  • Learn vocabulary related to shops
  • Form thoughts in foreign language
  • Learn about food production options

Questions and answers

Informational texts

  • factory farming vs. organic farming of animals
  • environmetally friendly products
  • buying locally produced meat

UPDATED: How to reflect on emotions after the film screening

Informational texts

  • Why is it important to reflect on emotions?
  • Basic methods of reflection
  • From reflection to discussion

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Distance learning

  • practice of vocabulary in the following areas: farming, animals, food
  • thinking about the food industry and eating habits
  • increasing an awarness of the problem of industrial breeding

English activities for teaching with documentaries

Informational texts

A set of activities generally applicable to working with film in English classes

Accompanying and recommended materials

Webpage of the Meatrix film

Learn more about the issues from the film

World Wide Fund for Nature

Carbon Footprint Calculator and other useful resources

Article: Eating Less Meat, More Plants Helps the Environment

An article on why it is important to eat less meat

Project Food Right Now

Educational material describing hunger issues in the global context - česky

NY Times: The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat

6 ideas on how to eat less meat and enjoy it

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Lesson partners