Think Piece 2: Remix Videos

The original source material for my chosen remix videos comes from a segment of the Italian version of a kid’s TV show called “Dinosaurs Adventure.” For whatever reason, this 10 second segment of the show went viral on YouTube in 2014, and currently has 58,450,305 views:

This short clip has been the source of many different remixes that have been especially focused on the dinosaur that says “yee.” The main intrigue of this video is probably just the way the dinosaur says “yee,” since it sounds both ridiculous yet somehow hilarious, as well as the disappointed look on the other dinosaur’s face after it gets told “yee.” This viral video has been the source of countless memes, consumer products, and of course, remix videos. Here are two of these remix videos:

“Yee Pineapple Apple Yee” is based on the song “PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen)” by Pikotaro, and currently has 2,144,151 views on YouTube.

“20th Centuryee Yee” combines the original yee video with the 20th Century Fox video, and currently has 3,961,331 views on YouTube.

Both of these remixes mash “yee” with samples from another source material that many of us are already familiar with. The main intention of both of these remixes lies in creating humor from the mash-up of a viral YouTube video and a song or jingle that is familiar to us. Both of them also take the original “yee” video and edit it to sound more like a song, though the first one relies more on the actual PPAP song to have most of the musical elements. Both of them are also relatively short; the first video does not utilize the entire PPAP song, and the second video relies on a short jingle. This shortness makes them each more successful for their humorous aspects, because they don’t give the viewer time to get bored by the repetition of yee.

While both remixes aim to add more humor to the already humorous source material, there are several differences between how they accomplish this. “Yee Pineapple Apple Yee” uses only the faces of the dinosaur characters, whereas “20th Centuryee Yee” uses the full bodies of the dinosaur characters, which also look more high-def than the ones in the original yee video. The voices of the dinosaur characters also replace the voice of Pikotaro in PPAP, while the voices of the dinosaur characters in “20th Centuryee Yee” are added on top of the original 20th Century Fox jingle rather than replacing it.

Overall, I personally find the “20th Centuryee Yee” remix to be more successful than “Yee Pineapple Apple Yee.” This is because the original yee video is edited more to fit in with the other source material, and covers the entirety of the 20th Century Fox jingle. Additionally, the addition of the unedited yee video at the end of the remix is a nice touch. However, the use of a more high-def “yee” is a little off-putting, since the version of “yee” that went viral is lower definition. It’s unclear what the remixer is trying to accomplish by using a different version of the viral video.

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