Viral Friday: Christian The Lion
Viral Friday is the weekly viral video chart of ViralBlog, showing the 10 most popular viral videos, commercials or user-generated videos, carefully selected and ranked by popularity, viral impact & spread.
This weeks Viral Friday #1 position goes to Christian The Lion. In 1969 two men bought a little lion called Christian and set him free in Africa. One year later they go check on him. The runner up spot is for Ode To Joy. One month after Stars & Stripes FOREVER! (Muppets Variation) users are uploading their own version of Muppets videos. Font Conference completes this week’s top 3. CollegeHumor continues to make very funny videos, this is their latest.
Do you want to see this week’s list from 1 to 10? Go on then, and have a look! We’d like to hear your opinion about the virals. Have fun!
1. Christian The Lion
In 1969 two men, Anthony Bourke and John Rendall, found a little lion called Christian in a department store and immediately fell in love with him and determined to buy him. Tony and John dedicated themselves to giving Christian the best life they could, and the bond that developed between them is a joy to behold. Christian was a remarkable lion, obviously very intelligent and loving, and gentle to everyone, both human and animal. As he grew, Christian began to need bigger facilities than Tony and John could provide, so they decided to release him to live as a wild lion in Africa. When a year had passed, Tony and John came to Africa to see Christian. In one month the video got almost 5 million views.
2. Ode To Joy
One month ago patrioticeagle posted the “Stars & Stripes FOREVER! (Muppets Variation)” video on YouTube. Since last week several users, like meepmeepmeepow, deumnborkborkbork weirdowhatever and heckleu247 uploaded their own versions of Muppets videos. “Ode To Joy” is the most popular video with over 860.000 views in just 9 days and a 5 star rating (based on 7.000 votes). (Source: VideoGum)
3. Font Conference
CollegeHumor, part of Connected Ventures, keeps scoring with their original videos. After Internet Commenter Business Meeting, Where The Hell Is Matt’s Girlfriend? and 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot, Font Conference is their latest video. With 1.159 likes, 5.637 diggs, 840 del.icio.us bookmarks and postings on Gizmodo, Neotorama, Swiss Miss, Geek Sugar and several font blogs like Typeoff and Typophile the video spread lightning quick over the internet.
4. Obama Love
While senator Barack Obama tours around the globe, visiting Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the Republicans candidate John McCain launches his “attack commercials”. McCain’s campaign team signals the media have “a bizarre fascination for Barack Obama”. So McCain made two ads and and is asking viewers to pick the one they like best. The ads are identical, except for the music. The choices are “You’re Just Too Good Too Be True – Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You” and “My Eyes Adore You”. One of these ads will make it to Prime Time. Vote for your favorite on www.johnmccain.com.
5. Bert & Ernie Gangsta Rap
Bert & Ernie dance and rap to ‘Ante Up’ by M.O.P. The American rap duo Mash-Out Posse, consisting of Billy Danzenie and Lil’ Fame, signed with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records in 2005. The mashup, uploaded to YouTube by Stian Hafstad three weeks ago, has about 350.000 views and can be found on many blogs, including E! Online, Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish and Neatorama.
6. Luchtmacht Experience
The Royal Netherlands Air Force launched a new campaign, made by Ara, with a very cool website. The campaign gets a lot of credits from abroad; ”A stunning website,” (cpluve), ”The website is absolutely amazing. I can’t say whether it really depicts the reality of the Dutch Airforce, but I know that if their goal was to impress young users, the results is surely impressive, at least from a Flash/design point of view.” (Adverblog).
7. Nike Lab: Spider
Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo and a52 created the above commercial for Nike Lab. The idea is simple, a spider crafts a web together that looks like a three dimensional shoe, but there’s just something about it that’s so crisp and fresh. Nike is introducing new super light shoes that utilize the innovative Flywire technology. W+K Tokyo created a few other ads for Nike Lab to promote the new shoes. Check out Moon Jump and Pillows. (Source: Kitsune Noir, Trendhunter)
8. Rooftop Racer
Following The Coke Zero Game by North Kingdom, Miami-based creative shop Crispin Porter + Bogusky, famous for their campaigns like Burger King’s Subservient Chicken and Simpsonize Me, have created another stunning Coke Zero advergame, called Rooftop Racer. Read the full article on ViralBlog.
9. Amazing Yawning Lions
The Viral Factory created the above ad to promote the new Samsung NV24 HD camera. The ad is part of a campaign called “See The Whole Story“. In the “USGish” clip, produced by Patrick Dugiud, we see the lions perform “Banana Boat” by Harry Belafonte.
10. Snickers Speedwalking
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