The world’s first internet meme, it’s also one of the critical turning points of internet history. Read on for everything you need to know about the history behind the very first meme.

What is the Dancing Baby meme?

One of the earliest memes born into the world of digits and pixels was a baby. Well, a computer-animated baby. Baby Cha-Cha-Cha, also known as Dancing Baby, was the first meme to go viral on the internet.

What is the Dancing Baby song?

Baby Cha-Cha and Oogachacka Baby, is a video of a 3D-rendered baby dancing to the intro of “Hooked on a Feeling” by the Swedish rock band Blue Swede.

first viral internet meme Dancing Baby

Who created the Ooga Chaka baby?

The original “cha-cha” dance file was developed by Michael Girard and Robert Lurye in 1996.

How old is the Dancing Baby?

Dancing Baby became globally popular via e-mail chains in 1996.

What did the dancing baby mean in Ally McBeal?

Immediately after its primetime debut, “Baby Cha-Cha, The animation was shown on several episodes of Ally McBeal as a recurring hallucination, suggesting a metaphor for the ticking of Ally’s biological clock.

dancing baby in Ally McBeal’s show

In late 1996, web developer John Woodell created a highly compressed animated GIF from the source movie, as part of a demo of the movie-to-GIF process, which further enabled the spread of the “Dancing Baby” across the Internet.

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The Dancing Baby launched a million GeoCities pages and remains the pure representation of the internet’s infant (hehe) stage. Even today, decades after its creation, internet culture crossing over into the world of mainstream entertainment is a pretty dicey prospect.

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