The Memes win today, but first some brief Thunderbean news:
It’s a short TB Thursday because I have to get back to cleaning up some cartoons! After managing to pack and send a ton of stuff int he past few weeks, I think we’ve finally caught up on sending all the older stuff.. so watch your mailbox if you ordered any of the ‘older’ special sets- the last are getting shipped tomorrow. Work continues on various sets, with Fleischer Rarites the major almost finished project. Ion the Snappy Video side of things, a few other ‘special’ sets continue, with the latest being a set called ‘Vintage Education’ featuring ‘Social Guidance’ and ‘Hygiene’ films from the 50s and 60s. If you’re interested, details can be found here.
The world of “Memes” is, at times, completely explainable, and other times not at all. In some ways, they are a collective art project, a collective conversation, a joke between a world that is often pointing out the craziness of the internet- the very thing that makes these Memes possible. What will become popular isn’t ever truly known, so, in this way, it has aspects of both random luck and whatever strikes a collective interest in a moment.
While isn’t unusual for cartoon characters to show up in a Meme, what *is* unusual is for a Terrytoon (of any kind) to show up in one. Now, you’d think that *if* a Terrytoon character showed up, it would be something familiar. In the world of Memes, however, since part of the point is sheer bizarreness, it makes some sense that one of the latest Memes uses a scene from the 1939 Terrytoon The Three Bears.
Here’s the original cartoon:
And, here is a compilation of just some of the Memes that have shown up since late December. People clearly have time on their hands! Some are interesting, but most have been cobbled together fast of course with the idea of getting it out there as fast as possible (note: this video has nearly 2 million views already… so this is a well known meme pretty quickly!):
Even “PewDiePie”, who is the most viewed ‘internet’ star on Youtube, did a post on the Meme.. and, with 8 million views on this video alone, clearly his is the most scene:
And, here are some of my favorite ‘still’ memes from this fiasco:
I really do love the randomness of this particular clip and scene becoming very famous over the course of a handful of days. I wonder if this particular Meme will be in the back people’s heads years from now… it’s hard to say.
The growth (and what will now be a fast ending) to this meme is in some way the saving grace of these trends; it’s a collective, fun joke for just a moment, then forgotten. In some ways of course, that that was the original intention of most ‘Golden Age’ animation in the first place; to be enjoyed and, eventually, forgotten.
There’s a whole series of little magic moments that I remember from various cartoons, and I’ve chatted a little bit here before about that. It would be nice if stuff like this led to a sustained interest in a particular series of (almost) forgotten animated shorts, but the truth is it really won’t…but, happily, at least a little piece was enjoyed collectively by people around the world, for a moment anyway. Rasinki, Davis and the rest of the Terry crew would likely be happy to hear that, and it would probably seem like science fiction to them to hear that their little film was ‘recut’ over and over within hours to produce a collective joke.
Now, that said, are there any favorite cartoon moments of yours that you think would make a good ‘Meme’?
Have a great week everyone!