Warning: Do not click this link unless you want to spend 10 minutes being mesmerized by a looping .gif of pixellated puppies endlessly prancing to the cheerful sounds of a never-ending chiptune song.
You will never get those 10 minutes back, nor will you be sorry you lost them, because this webpage is the Internet's single greatest achievement to date.
pixel credit goes to Paul Robertson music is by Auricom
Something about having to wait for cats to "load" makes the moment that they inevitably flood your screen to the sound of a deranged man repeatedly yelling "YES!" even more satisfying.
I've been interested in comedy ever since I discovered how much money I could make doing it, but nothing, not even the funny little notes I write to myself before I go to bed so I'll have a big stack of giggles to wake up to, has ever come close to making me laugh as much as I did when I first saw this video. Maybe it's the frogs, the quality of the animation, the cesspool of grief I was drowning in, or the fact that a real person spent time making it, but something about this video just gets me. And I mean gets me. I don't know how the surviving members of Three Dog Night feel about it, but I can't shake the feeling that Sir Paul McCartney is rolling and stuff in his grave.
When I first saw a video called "The Trap Rap" in my friend's Facebook feed complete with a thumbnail of a dude in a suit wearing a crappy-looking Admiral Ackbar mask I immediately refused to click on it for a number of reasons: Namely, because every single rap parody ever has already been done (good ones, intentionally-bad ones, and everything in between) and every single Star Wars parody has been done (you can find literally every frame of the series recreated on the internet as like, GIFs of the characters as marshmallow Peeps speaking in captioned Ron Swanson quotes.)
Still, rather than run the risk of feeling offline human emotion for one grueling minute, I clicked on the video anyway, and HOLY CRAP it's absurd and great:
Here's why I love it so much (and granted, this is a very personal interpretation of the video, but it also affected me very personally, as any great piece of art does):
It's basically, like, seven levels of internet parody. You have Admiral Ackbar, and this is his internet video, and it's a rap, so obviously he's going to rap about traps because of the "It's a trap!" line/meme it's just what internet Admiral Ackbar does. BUT! For some reason, Ackbar isn't allowed to do the obvious internet video that he wants to do, and instead he's stuck with this really banal assignment of explaining fire safety information, but he JUST CAN'T RESIST still rapping about traps because it's his internet-video destiny, and the resulting consequences are tragic and amazing.
I literally do nothing all day but watch ridiculous internet videos, and for some reason, this one's really stuck with me. I guess it's just a deeply layered commentary on destiny, expectation, obligation, love, loss, the commercial declawing of a once-rich urban cultural phenomenon, fire, and above all, giant unwieldy Star Wars masks and really only this last thing. And the song'll get stuck in your head for the rest of your life.
Plus I'm just a sucker for anything with high production values.