To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the invention of the GIF, we’ll be introducing you to some of the first GIFs to go mainstream. Up first is the ‘Dancing Baby’. This GIF first appeared in 1996 and was based on CGI models from a 3D animation software called ‘Character Studio’. It was web developer John Woodell who first crafted this GIF, where the baby does the cha-cha-cha dance. It spread like wildfire (or baby vomit), and the child even made a special appearance as a recurring dream in the 1990s comedy series Ally McBeal. The antics of this little mite formed a significant marker of both Nineties popular culture and the peak of GIFs’ own popularity in the early days of the net.
Know more about the history of the GIF at this link: https://www.historyofthegif.com/#/timeline/0
Credits: Character Studio, John Woodell, Vijay Shah, Blingee, Wikipedia