Simon Cowell your days are numbered. Owls will get you while you slumber
September 6, 2013 11:03 AM   Subscribe

You've probably seen videos by Jonti Picking, AKA Weebl. He's the guy behind such Internet legends as Badger Badger Badger, Look At My Horse, Narwhals, and Kenya, and his knack for combining catchy music with absurd words and animations has resulted in an extensive library of earworm songs. There's Magical Trevor, who's shown up time and again (and again). He has songs about other animals, like crabs and giraffes and breadfish and baby baboons. (My favorite video of his is Owls by a wide margin.) He also writes about real people, like Stephen Fry and Patrick Moore!
posted by Rory Marinich (32 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
How could you leave out his song about Benedict Cumberbatch?
posted by frecklefaerie at 11:10 AM on September 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

Wow, Weebl's is still going? And flash is still required?
posted by middleclasstool at 11:11 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm so sick and tired of the misinformation being spread about Narwhals. It is not a horn, it is a tooth or a tusk. They are not sea unicorns. They are maybe sea sabertooths or sea elephants. Facts matter Weebl, get this shit right.

I've also seen lions and tigers outside of Kenya so Weebl is just plain wrong there too.

After I realized just how wrong Weebl is on just about every occasion, it is almost like he just makes this shit up, I stopped going to his site.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:12 AM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

I had absolutely no idea that Badger Badger Badger was made by Weebl.

I'm a big fan of A Walk In The Woods, a cautionary tale for all of us.
posted by aubilenon at 11:12 AM on September 6, 2013 [6 favorites]

Like Ad hominem I was disappointed by the embroidery of Stephen Fry. Weebl added him driving around in a london cab.

That turns out to be real, so the rest of it must also be factual.
posted by squinty at 11:14 AM on September 6, 2013

Note to parents or well-meaning aunties, preview videos before randomly clicking around his site showing to kids or grandparents. At least one of the videos has an unexpected and loooots-of-screentime weiner.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:14 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

So, I've kind of always wondered, if you took a sane person, put them in a brightly lit room, fed them on a random schedule so they had no idea of passing time, played a song like this, 24/7/365, for like 5 years...what would this person be like when they came out? And how much time do you think they would believe has passed, because I listened to it until I couldn't take it anymore, and realized not only is it still Friday, I have another 3 hours before I can go home! I figured it had to be at least 2014 by now.

What do you wonder about?
posted by cjorgensen at 11:15 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

After five years the song would sound like background noise, the equivalent of silence. So re-entering the normal world would sound cacophonous, as if everyone was blasting the inverse soundwave to "Magical Trevor"

I've met weebl and he is lovely
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:31 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

This made me nostalgic for Homestar Runner.
posted by jennaratrix at 11:40 AM on September 6, 2013

This made me nostalgic for Homestar Runner.

Just wait till Sunday's post!
posted by Rory Marinich at 11:41 AM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


My very favorite Weebl and Bob.

posted by louche mustachio at 11:57 AM on September 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

Homestar rules! I've come to appreciate it more over time.

My first year at DragonCon I was inexpert at securing my badge, and it disappeared within fifteen minutes of getting it. Rather than go back and buying a whole new one at on-site registration, I got a replacement from someone selling the badge of a friend who had pre-reg'd and couldn't make it.

That's how my first DragonCon I went around as MagicalTrevor. I still have the badge somewhere.
posted by JHarris at 11:59 AM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

Marshie the marshmallow still haunts my goddamned dreams.
posted by mintcake! at 12:07 PM on September 6, 2013

posted by St. Peepsburg at 12:08 PM on September 6, 2013

@Ad hominem

I'm really ok with it..

Kenya cracks me up every time, though. I find myself belting that out in public spaces to the continued chagrin of my friends.. It also make me think of this. Not as immensely hummable & catchy, but still delightful. :)

Carry on!
posted by narwhal at 12:16 PM on September 6, 2013

Me like pie.
posted by briank at 12:22 PM on September 6, 2013

googleads broke my back button during Badger Badger Badger and I thought I was going insane for a minute there.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:29 PM on September 6, 2013

Gosh thanks.I had not had badger, badger, badger racketing around in my head for several years.
posted by Cranberry at 12:35 PM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

I always thought we should have shut the internet down after magical trevor. I went through a rough patch around the mid-00s and I would sit at work watching the series over and over again until I was crying for no reason, mouthing the words "Oh no the cloak is on fiyaaaahhhh".
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:36 PM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

Also this is my favorite Weebl, it actually burns pretty hard as a beat.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:38 PM on September 6, 2013

So much goodness has come out of b3ta and it's associates, I'm surprised they don't get more recognition. Weebl, cyriak, ben wheatly, smearballs, happytoast... the list goes on. Such a reliable source of entertaining insanity for so many years.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 12:55 PM on September 6, 2013 [3 favorites]

Everyone is fond of owls.
posted by The Owls at 3:16 PM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

What? No love for his "Save the Badgers" collaboration with Brian May and his magic guitar (plus Brian Blessed's magic voice for 3 sreconds)??

It justifies the whole damn Internet.
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:42 PM on September 6, 2013 [4 favorites]

I love Weebl. I wonder how long he's been around, must be close to forever, since I think I remember the songs from the before time.

Since it hasn't been linked, I still sometimes catch myself singing this
posted by fruit sandwich at 5:18 PM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

I think the best Weebl is the stuff he's done under the guise of the band Savlonic:

Electro Gypsy

Tiny Japanese Girl

Wandering Eye

The Driver

Computer Guy
posted by radwolf76 at 7:24 PM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

Did this one come before or after Kenya?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:48 PM on September 6, 2013

Did this one come before or after Kenya?

Well after Kenya. After even the fan-made live action version of Kenya, and even possibly the HD remake by one of his other animators (Peebo?).
posted by radwolf76 at 9:49 PM on September 6, 2013

If Jonti was my real name, I'd call myself Weebl too.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:35 PM on September 6, 2013

Savlonic is just rocking my world this morning, can't believe I'd not run across them before after years of subjecting family members to Magical Trevor.
posted by Sparx at 11:46 AM on September 7, 2013 [2 favorites]

Way back in freshman year of college, I had a friend who always left his computer on and unprotected. I had a second friend who was, at that time, obsessed with both the Badger song and pranking the first friend. One night while he was away, she went on his computer and opened up what seemed like hundreds of individual browser windows, and opened up the Badger song in each one. The resulting out of sync noise resembled some unknowable, eldritch horror. She then set the computer to hibernate and turned his speakers all the way up.

Sadly, I wasn't there for the payoff, but that is the story of how my friend learned the importance of password protecting his shit.
posted by C'est la D.C. at 6:38 AM on September 8, 2013 [2 favorites]

We did the exact same, but in middle school and on school computers. I think that was one of my first principal's office visits.
posted by Rory Marinich at 3:10 PM on September 9, 2013

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