The Sneezing Baby Panda has been viewed over 106 million times on YouTube. It is the 45th most-viewed video of all time, has been featured on South Park, 30 Rock and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and has even been turned into a painting to be hung in YouTube’s Tokyo office. Now, the Sneezing Baby Panda is taking things a step further with an upcoming mockumentary—The Life and Times of Sneezing Baby Panda.
Jonathan Landreth of The Hollywood Reporter reports that a pair of Australian wildlife documentarians, Lesley Hammond and and Jenny Walsh, will be taking the Sneezing Baby Panda clip, which they shot back in 1999 in Sichuan province, to the next level. Landreth reports that, “The $1.3 million co-production, set to start shooting in China in October with Zhejiang Roc Pictures of Hangzhou, will follow an Australian zoologist whose zoo faces financial difficulties she thinks she might solve if she travels to China to save the black and white fuzzy sneezer whose (real life) video clip still gets more than 150,000 hits per day.”
Hammond points out that “this is the first feature film to come out of a viral video clip.” Though YouTube videos are frequently alluded to in television shows and films these days, there has yet to be a movie that was fully inspired by such a clip (unless, of course, you count Fred: The Movie).
You’ve probably already seen the original Sneezing Baby Panda video (along with the rest of the world!) but check it out again below. Read more about the upcoming mockumentary on The Hollywood Reporter and let us know what you think about the idea in the comments below. Would you go see a movie based on the Sneezing Baby Panda viral YouTube hit?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.