How to Kill a Mockingbird

How to Kill a Mockingbird

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Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 02:16PM EDT by Brad.

Added Jul 09, 2014 at 06:58AM EDT by Ogreenworld.

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How to Kill a Mockingbird is a flash animation parody of Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The short film is presented as a child’s book report on the novel, but quickly diverts from the actual plot, into a battle between Pirates vs. Ninjas , making it obvious the child never finished the book. It is one of the web’s earliest viral videos.


“How to Kill a Mockingbird” was created by two Stanford undergraduates, Anthony Scodary and Nico Benitez. The video was originally posted to Scodary’s now defunct Stanford student page[1] on November 13th, 2014.The following day, Scodary and Benitez registered their own website,,[4] where they linked back to the Stanford page.


The video was uploaded to AlbinoBlackSheep[10] on February 12th, 2009, and on Vimeo[12] on October 6th, 2009. On June 15th, 2009, TVTropes added an entry for “How to Kill a Mocking Bird,” describing it as:

“a 12 minute-long Flash movie made by Anthony Scodary and Nico Benitez. It centers on a book report of To Kill a Mockingbird made by a little boy who didn’t read the entire book, leading to Crazy Awesome results.”

The video was first uploaded to YouTube by YouTuber mockingbirdv[14] on November 7th, 2010. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 61,000 views.

Search Interest

Searches for “how to kill a mockingbird” follow a cyclical pattern, with peaks during the American school year and lows during the summer. However, it is clear that there is a huge spike in searches for the video in late 2004 and early 2005, when the animation was released.

External References

[1]Wayback Machine – How to Kill a Mockingbird

[2]Stanford –

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[4]Wayback Machine –

[5] – AwesomeFunny

[6]the full wiki – Pirates versus Ninjas

[7]New Links – How to Kill a Mockingbird

[8]The Literature Network – Help with “To Kill A Mockingbird”

[9]i am bored – How to Kill a Mockingbird

[10]Albino Blacksheep – How to Kill a Mockingbird

[11]Timber Cave – Bio

[12]Vimeo – How to Kill a Mockingbird

[13]TV Tropes – How to Kill a Mockingbird

[14]YouTube – mockingbirdv

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