Monday, December 20, 2010

Xtranormal - An Internet Phenomenon

Have you seen the newest Geico commercial? There is the one with the cartoon bears and the computerized voices. Or there is one with the animated superheroes with computerized voices. They were both created for free on the text-to-movie website Xtranormal.

What started as an inexpensive way for regular folks to create quick and easy animated videos has caught on mainstream. Even my business school professors are getting into this. To date, the Xtranormal website claims that over 9 million projects have been created on their website.

Here is my list of the top Xtranormal videos of 2010.

1. "It !@&$ing prints money." - iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo
YouTube views: 10,939,319

Caution, there is some bad language, but it's a mostly hilarious video about consumers' commitment to all things Apple.

2. "The Ben Bernacke has a nice beard" - Quantitative Easing
YouTube views: 3,720,273

They compare Ben Bernacke and the Fed to a plumber. (There is only one unsavory word in this clip.)

3. "Facebook is doing what's best for you" -So you want to close your Facebook account
YouTube views: 43,564

They definitely got some good jabs in there about Facebook culture.

Unfortunately, after watching video after video on YouTube that is all I could come up with.

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