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“Hamster on a Piano” is a viral video first uploaded by a YouTube user named “arcobalenoverde” in February 2007. The minute-long clip, which shows an adorable white hamster lying on top of piano keys and eating a popcorn, became so popular (6 million view count as of July 2009) that it gave way to several spinoff videos of animals doing cutesey things like Chimpanzee on a Segway and Cat Flushing a Toilet (See “Spin Offs” below for details).
Controversy Over Credit
While the original video was uploaded in Februrary 2007, it largely remained low-key until August 2008, when another YouTube user “Parry Gripp” uploaded the same footage set to an original song. By looking at Google Insights we can see that the video rose to viral stardom between October to December of 2008.
In February 2009, Gripp’s video was eventually taken down due to copyright infringement claims by the creator of the original video. However, the latter allegedly didn’t receive permission for using Elvis’ “Teddy Bear” either.
Chimpanzee Riding a Segway M/V:
Cat Flushing a Toilet M/V:
Remixes & Derivatives
On the same day, arcobalenoverde also uploaded “Hamster vs. Door” which has only received over 400,000 views:
In April of 2009, arcobalenoverde uploaded a followup attempt to recreate the magic of the original. It was called Hamster On a Guitar:
“Hamster On a Piano” is often misattributed to ParryGripp, who made a well-suited soundtrack to the original video:
There are dozens of other derivatives, but each instance have generally low view counts:
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