An image of a dancing baby is one of the oldest videos to go viral in the late 20th century. Now the classic meme has been given an NFT makeover.
The history of the viral baby goes back to 1996 when it was distributed in email chains and later even appeared in news networks in the US. If the baby was real, he would be 26 years old today, DailyExpertNews reported.
So, to celebrate the baby’s transition into adulthood, the original creators gave it a 3D-rendered overhaul. Creators Michael Girard, John Chadwick and Robert Lurye teamed up with HFA studio, a Vienna-based creative group to come up with the new creation.
Now the HFA studio will release the NFT version of the old internet phenomenon. “More than 25 years after Dancing Bay first went viral, we will be releasing a digitally restored, fluid high-definition 1/1 artwork from the original creators as NFT, so the Dancing Baby can shake its hips forever,” the studio said in a press release. †
According to HFA-Studio, they will be releasing a Dancing Baby Collection featuring seven iterations of the viral GIF. All these versions are designed by different artists and are described as remixes of the original GIF.
Girard, who created the original code for the Dancing Baby from 3DS Max software’s Character Studio, credits the 1997 show Ally McBeal with its popularity. The show featured the dancing baby in one of its episodes.
In a joint email from Girard, Lurye and Chadwick, they explained that the Dancing Baby was one of the animation samples included with the release of 3DS Max Character software 1.0. It helped customers understand the software’s character rigging/animation tools.
Girard later said that the Dancing Baby started circulating in emails. Girard stressed that it was probably sent by Ron Lussier, one of Autodesk’s customers, who modified the source file and included a low-resolution version.
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