Video Satire: Hu Ge’s (胡戈) Animal World: The Apartment Dweller, Starring Han Han (韩寒)

Satirist Hu Ge,producer of hugely popular videos mocking CCTV and filmmaker Chen Kaige, has struck again with another viral hit. This one, a critique of Internet censorship, stars several online celebrities and mocks a popular nature program, Animal World (动物世界) by introducing a new species, “the Apartment Dweller,” whose habitat is a high-rise apartment and whose primary activity is surfing the web. The video (in Chinese) follows the Apartment Dweller as they encounter numerous dangers and are “protected” by humans who prevent them from downloading movies, watching “yellow” (porn) sites, and other risky behavior. Those who suffer from the contagious disease of “thinking,” have their content “reviewed” in multiple layers and are forced to wait. The actor portraying this particular “thinking” breed is none other than best-selling author, race car driver and China’s hottest blogger Han Han.

In the end, this species learns to adapt to its environment by giving up its dangerous pursuits and becoming gamers and online merchandisers. The final song is titled, “We Stay.”