Badgers is a Flash cartoon by British animator Jonti "Weebl" Picking. It consists of 12 animated cartoon badgers doing calisthenics, a toadstool in front of a tree, and a snake in the desert. Accompanied by electronic dance music, a voice repeats the word "badger" over the animation, breaking off to say either "mushroom" or "snake, it's a snake".
The cartoon, published 2 September 2003, loops indefinitely. The first two badger scenes contain twelve badgers; subsequent badger scenes contain eleven badgers. After a long running time, the song becomes out of sync with the animation.
The cartoon brought Picking to the attention of MTV Europe, for whom Picking produced Weebl and Bob. That cartoon series, together with the dancing badgers, helped Picking's website Weebl's Stuff win a People's Choice award from users of Yahoo! in the UK. "Badger Badger Badger" was also listed as one of the top five internet fads of all time by PC World in 2009.
There have been several follow ups to the "Badger Badger Badger" cartoon posted to the Weebl's Stuff website. "Badgers 2" was created in 2003, and features zombie badgers on a black background with a scratching sound added to the music. A Christmas-themed version, with the badgers dressed in Santa Claus suits, is also available. Badgers On a Plane consists of a scene from a Snakes On a Plane trailer that includes badgers and a mushroom, which have been digitally edited into the scene, tumbling from their seats while a bit of the song plays in the background. In 2007, Big Ass Badgers was released to spoof the Transformers film. Also in 2007, a live action version of the cartoon called Baby Badgers was released to promote the new Badger toys.
A "Euro 2004 Edition" was also created during the UEFA Euro 2004 football championship, where the badgers wore England football jerseys to "footy, footy, footy" and "England! England! Goal! A goal! Oh, it's a goal, scored by England, England..." A new version titled Footy 2010 was created for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with vuvuzelas drowning out the audio. Another version, titled "Realistic Football Badgers", was created in response to England's loss in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
A parody by a group called Fifth District, titled "Potter Potter Potter," depicts several images of Harry Potter dancing on the Hogwarts Campus, one image of Ron Weasley dancing in another area of the campus, and Severus Snape advancing menacingly toward the figures of the bespectacled wizarding teen, with a Whomping Willow tree and flying hippogriffs in the background. The chant is "Potter Potter Potter Potter" and "Weasley! Weasley!" and "Snape! Snape! Oh, it's a Snape!"
A new version of the song was launched on the Moshi Monsters website, where the Monsters appear on the screen as, "Moshi Moshi" is sung instead. Every now and then, there is a break where "Monster", or even rarer, "Moshling", is said instead.
Another adaptation of the song, "Save the Badger Badger Badger", was released on 19 May 2013, in response to proposed badger culling in the United Kingdom. The song features vocals and guitar from Brian May and visuals reminiscent to the 1980 film Flash Gordon, in addition to vocals from Weebl and Brian Blessed.
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- "Big Ass Badgers - Weebl's Stuff". Weebls-stuff.com. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
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- "Footy 2010". Weebls-stuff.com. 2010-06-18. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
- "Guess I got My Badger Back". Weebls-stuff.com. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "Moshi Moshi Moshi". 2011-04-15.
- "Deconstructing Badgers". youtube.com. 2013-03-06.
- "Save the Badger Badger Badger". youtube.com. 2013-05-19.