Viral videos of the week – 04/11/2012

4 Nov 2012

*No animals were harmed in the making of this video, but they were at dangerous levels of cute!

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features some Oscar-worthy performances from cute animals, the commander of the dark side in the happiest place on Earth, a safety briefing everyone will want to listen to, some manly encouragement for Movember, 250 movies in two and a half minutes and the only way to settle things – hoop-off!

More than 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

Animals Playing Dead Supercute 

There’s nothing better on a Sunday morning than watching animals at their cutest (regular readers of viral videos will know this!). This week sees some Oscar-worthy performances from varying breeds as they pretend to be shot and play dead.


Uploaded: 28 October 2012 


Darth Vader: What Are You Going to Do Next? 

The acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney this week has seen the hype around a new Star Wars trilogy ramped up a notch. The villain at the centre of the Star Wars universe features heavily in this viral video produced by Disney Parks, as Darth Vader proves he is the master of all evil by, erm, riding the Dumbo ride at Disney World!?


Uploaded: 31 October 012 


An Unexpected Briefing #airnzhobbit 

Are you one of those people who doesn’t pay attention during flight safety instructions on airplanes? You’ve seen it all before right? Well, if you are flying with Air New Zealand you won’t have seen anything like this. Air New Zealand partnered with WETA Workshop on a brand new Hobbit-inspired safety video this week. It even features a cameo appearance from Sir Peter Jackson. Think no one pays attention to these things? More than 3m have this week!


Uploaded: 31 October 2012 


How to Grow a Moustache with Nick Offerman 

It’s Movember time again, and I bet you were considering doing it this year but feared you may look silly with a lip warmer. Don’t give up, you just need some manly encouragement from Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman.

We salute all of you who are participating in Movember this month.


Uploaded: 24 October 2012 


IMDB Top 250 in 2 1/2 Minutes 

Go, admit it. We’ve all sat down and looked at the IMDB Top 250 films list and thought “I’d love to watch all of them, but I just don’t have the time”. Well, if you can spare two and a half minutes you can catch the best bits. Thanks to YouTube user that’s all it takes to run through all 250 movies!


Uploaded: 2 November 2012 vs The Sociable – hoop-off! 

There was fierce competition again at this year’s Irish Web Awards, and no category was contested as closely as the Best Tech Site. Indeed, it was so close that the gong was jointly awarded to both and The Sociable. But history will need to know won really won, so we decided to settle this in the manliest way possible – a hoop-off!


Uploaded: 2 November 2012