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make HD one of the first internet memes

27 mayo, 2021

In 2014 it was adulthood one of the first viral memes in internet history. Is about a clip known as “Dancing Baby” (baby dancing) or as “baby cha-cha”. In it we saw a pixelated baby dancing to the rhythm of the now mythical “Oogachacka”.

This phenomenon saw the light in the fall of 1996, thanks to 3D Studio Max technology. To give life to this dancing baby, it took the joint work of several people, who dedicated many hours to be able to recreate his movements.

The madness was unleashed when the original 3D file (“sk_baby.max”) began to be shared over the Internet and thus different versions were emerging. His fame was such that he appeared in an episode of ‘Ally Mcbeal’ and in ‘The Simpsons’:

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An HD version is coming

We live in an era in which the screens of our smartphones, televisions or tablets have an amazing resolution. That means that content that is a few decades old, most of the time, looks a bit outdated.

Anyway, we are seeing how current technologies can improve the quality of old content with spectacular results. Jack Armstrong, a programmer studying at the University of Bolton you have found the original file of the dancing baby and has re-rendered it so we can enjoy it in 1080p:

As we see, the clip is again accompanied by the song ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ (better known as “Oogachacka”) by the Swedish band Blue Swede. This song is already something of an anthem, and it became part of the soundtrack of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in 2014.

Armstrong posted a thread on his Twitter profile, in which he explained the whole process behind this curious project. He says he hopes this HD facelift will “put such a classic meme back to use.”