I seem to use the word charming or enchanting a lot of late. Well there is nothing of this quality in Russian director Vera Myakisheva’s Stock Farm (2007). Perhaps the music fits the bill though its euphonious qualities disappear quickly enough. Vera explores the sad possibilities of breeding animals for their meat by mixing up the genes. A series of pig, cow and hen all succumb to the various weird machines that squash and squeeze the animals into their constituent parts and then some. A mix of CGI and stop motion is used and I confess the awkward movements of the animals surprised me initially. Suddenly the smoothly animated factory equipment appears, the incongruous beasts are placed in a context and the satire is revealed. Then the sausage machine churns out little piglets, surprisingly as I had been expecting ... sausages and there's a rather superb mechanical crocodile. Legs get mixed up in the various animals and the whole menagerie concludes as a succulent tin of well branded pineapples. Never trust labels. Hasn't the cow got a sad eye? Don't get too attached. I know nothing whatsover of the director save for a carnival snap of her with the remarkable Ivan Maximov looking suitably festive. I do know however that Vera has a softer side to her nature as will be revealed shortly The link is to pavlovich74 a YouTuber with a deep resource of Russian movies and knowledge of them.