Web Animation: YouTube Poop

These are just some of the many characters who are regularly "pooped".

YouTube Poop (often referred to by its shorthand, "YTP") is a Neo-Dada art form consisting of video remixes that are edited from a large array of video clips in order to confuse, stun or entertain the viewer. The source material can be mashed all together into a nonsensical Cross Over story, or just repeat footage of the characters gesticulating oddly or apparently saying something dirty over and over and over again. There are also well-known phrases such as "PINGAS" or "Do a Barrel Roll!".

YouTube Poop started with SuperYoshi testing out Windows Movie Maker, a new piece of software he found in his newly installed Windows XP, using the episode "Recycled Koopa" from The Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoon. The result was a video containing a few clips from the episode repeated and used in a random manner. Later he put this video as The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Remixed on December 22, 2004, up on his SheezyArt page. The video was well received and SuperYoshi together with his friend RetroJape made similiar remixes using The Mega Man Cartoon and later Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. A few more of SuperYoshi's friends joined and started putting their videos on YouTube in order to confuse and anger people who were otherwise looking for regular Super Mario or Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog videos. The first three Poops have been brought to YouTube later as I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL, Dr. Light's Guidance System Show and Robotnik's Sodomy Fest of 2005, respectively.

Interestingly, two precursors to the YouTube Poop can be found in Daffy Duck in Hollywood, a 1938 short in which Daffy edits a film reel to produce this, and Cult Toons, a TV show made for Cartoon Network UK that mixed old Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Perils of Penelope Pitstop with wrestling, kung fu, and blaxploitation movies for cheap laughs. Richard Nixon even put out an attack ad on Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 presidential campaign that bears a surprising similarity to Poop conventions. Going further back, YouTube Poop can be compared to the Dada art movement of the early 20th century, which was based on being nonsensical.

It was not until people like The Electric Cheese got to know about these videos and started making ones themselves that the term YouTube Poop was used for them and that they increased in popularity.

With the growing popularity YouTube Poop shifted from being videos that confuse people who were looking for regular videos (in fact, the people who started it are more fond of "WTF?" comments than people commenting or repeating the parts they liked in the video and were dismissive of the term Youtube Poop for a long time) to videos that entertain people by using video sources that have become iconic with the name Youtube Poop.

Although most of the Youtube Poop videos are made in English, there is a lively YTP scene producing videos in other languages, too, e.g. in Russian (called "RYTP" = "Russian Youtube Poop"), German (German Youtube Poop is commonly called "Youtube-Kacke" and is a literal translation of the original name), Spanish and many others.

Aside from the aforementioned cartoons above, among the staples included cutscenes from the Philips CD-i video games. Many other sources of varying notability have been used in YTPs.

Have a gander at the Forums and Wiki.

YTPs with their own pages:

YouTube Poopers with their own pages:

Tropes commonly invoked with these videos:

Tropes related to the genre itself:

  • Serious Business: The higher echelons of the community treat the act of the Poop as something of a fine art, conducting interviews with notable Poopers to explore the psychology and meaning behind their Poops. It could be tongue-in-cheek on their part, especially considering what normal Poops generally tend to be like, but that seems unlikely. Even the haters take their hatred of YouTube Poops seriously.
  • Sturgeon's Law: There sure are a lot of amateurs out there and most aren't very good at it. For every clever sentence mixing video, there are ten others using outdated memes and repeating a clip at varying speeds for seven seconds. The good poops, however, are worth dying for. Most agree that Youtube Poop in general has gotten better over the years (the worst quality poops tend to be from the 2006-2008 years, though you can still find good poops from then and bad ones from more recent years).
  • That Came Out Wrong: Attention is often drawn to it through videos that take lines out of context to make them sound dirty.
  • Word Salad Title: The titles are usually nonsensical and bizarre.

Alternative Title(s):

You Tube Poop