Comedy Central Potato Gems: Charlie The Unicorn
This potato gem is the animated YouTube video “Charlie the Unicorn”. If you haven’t seen this, you’re in for a treat and if you are familiar with it, prepare for one sweet nostalgic and comedic trip.
Charlie the Unicorn was created by Florida based animator Jason Steele who initially made it for the flash animation portal Newgrounds (aka. The delicious hot bed of early 2000s flash and spyware.)
"Charlie the Unicorn proves that something doesn't have to make any sense at all to earn a cult-like following.” – Time Magazine
The animation follows the adventures of a lethargic unicorn named Charlie in a disconcerting fantasy land. Steele made the video as a birthday present for his mum (who enjoyed unicorn related conversations and who actually posted it first under her Newgrounds account “TypeQueen”)
The video was such a hit (a real hot tot) that it’s so far amassed 67 million human views (that's 130 million eye balls – including one eyed people) and has led to three squeals (later released on DVD), merchanidse plus several parodies.
According to the DVD commentary: Steele first imagined the video's plotline when he was running around his house, chanting "La la la!" repeatedly, then quickly envisioned the majority of the plotline shortly thereafter; according to Steele, the video's conception happened "all at once; there was no editing."
Another fun and funny fact: The two gender-ambiguous blue and pink unicorns are named Lolz and Roffle.
Interestingly-ly, a fascinating analysis by internet magazine Salon states "We often feel like Charlie the Unicorn. Annoying, brightly colored colleagues poke at us with their curly horns as we snooze at our desk, promising far-off, sugar-coated delights. Do we muster the energy to follow them, hoping some sweet payoff will break the unbearable bleakness of our daily existence? Can they be trusted?"
As mentioned there are more episodes of Charlie the Unicorn but here is the original golden potato gem, enjoy!
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