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Move over Nora, The Kitties have arrived - Curt Yeomans

Nora, the piano-playing cat, used to be the hot thing on YouTube, but as the months passed by, she has slowly moved out of our social consciousness.

People were once enthralled by the cat who could play like she was Beethoven re-incarnated.

Now, we have The Kitties.

The Kitties have shown up in a variety of stop-motion, music videos on YouTube. People take pictures of kittens, and use stop-motion animation to make the cats look like they are dancing and singing.

The Kitties do emo. They do hip-hop. They do showtunes.

I personally like the emo video, because The Kitties have Flock of Seagulls haircuts, and one is even playing a guitar synthesizer.

"What happened to the kitty I know?"

"Oh oh oh oh no, my kitty's emo."

Although a close second is the video, in which The Kitties are singing "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart." In this video, someone took pictures of kittens standing on their back paws, while reaching up in the air with their front paws. The stop-motion makes the kittens look like they are waving their paws to and fro over their heads.

It's like watching fans react to Lynrd Skynrd's "Free Bird," minus the cigarette lighters.

The thing is, I've found other videos on YouTube, which depict cats singing and dancing.

Thought the Hamster Dance song was dead and buried?

Guess again.

I've found that it's been revived, with a cat doing a stomp dance to it. There's also a breakdown in the song where a screaming cat is holding a gun. Red laser beams are being shot out of the gun. It's both amusing, and disturbing at the same time.

Another video shows pictures of cats, altered to show them wearing headphones, jamming to "Everybody dance now.." It's kinda funny to watch an orange cat, which looks like Jabba the Hut, wearing big-time bling and bobbing his or her head up and down like Biggie Smalls.

Although a kitten doing the side-to-side, slide dance in a white paper bag is funny, too.

And who can resist head banging, screaming cats?

There is a side of me that says, "That's a terrible thing to do to a cat." On the other hand, it's just pictures of cats, which have been altered. But then, there is the video where someone took video tapes of cats playing, and recordings of them saying "meow," and then, spliced it all together to show them singing "White Christmas," while dancing.

It's just terrible, but it's irresistible at the same time.

I've often asked why society is amused by what we find on YouTube. It's just a bunch of videos put together by people with too much time on their hands. You can really find anything on YouTube these days.

For example, I found old clips of WSB-TV, WXIA, and WAGA from the 1980's. Those were the days when John Pruitt was on 11 Alive, and Monica Pearson was still Monica Kaufman with a big 'fro, and big eye glasses.

Perhaps Americans could get more done, if we would avoid YouTube, and time-wasting sites like it. We could become more productive. We could read more books. We could spend more time going outside and looking at the sunshine and daisies.

On the other hand, this column gave me an excuse to watch YouTube, at work, without getting in trouble.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. His column appears on Fridays. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 247 or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.