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“Yee” is an onomatopoeia taken from a video featuring an animated dinosaur singing a small jingle, only to be interrupted at the end by another dinosaur shouting “Yee.” Photoshopped images of the dinosaur began circulating in August 2014 after the video surfaced on Reddit.
On February 29th, 2012, YouTuber revergo uploaded an edited clip titled “Yee” from the animated film Dinosaur Adventure by Dingo pictures, a low budget knockoff of the 1988 animated film The Land Before Time. Within three years, the video gained over 320,000 views and 370 comments.
The video remained relatively obscure until August 23rd, 2014, when it was submitted to the r/youtubehaiku subreddit, where it received more than 2,190 votes (93% upvoted) and 110 comments in the first two weeks. The phrase “yee” was subsequently adopted by Tumblr users, who began posting fan art and photoshopped images of the dinosaurs from the video.