Watching Fred The Movie online would be very fitting. After fans watch Fred The Movie online, they can watch what inspired Fred The Movie online on YouTube. For the last several years, YouTube has inspired countless Internet sensations, making them both famous and infamous. Yet one YouTube star made it so big, he got his own made-for-TV film out of it. With the debut of that film this weekend, fans will watch Fred The Movie online and on Nickelodeon, to see the continued adventures of Fred Figglehorn.
The 6-year-old hyper child is actually played by 17-year-old comic Lucas Cruikshank, who has posted YouTube videos for over two years. The helium voiced character became so big online, that Nickelodeon commissioned a full length film about his adventures.
Fans are scrambling to watch Fred The Movie online, if they weren’t able to catch it on Nickelodeon yesterday. In the film, Fred goes on a road trip through town when his long time crush moves away. The results expand the world of Fred, and test whether a character can go from YouTube hit to movie star.
Sketch characters from Saturday Night Live frequently get movies, so the overall idea is nothing new. But taking a sketch character from the Internet and giving him a movie is new, and an obvious landmark. Those who watch Fred The Movie online and on TV will get to judge whether this is the start of a new trend, or a one-shot.
Internet routines like the Star Wars kid, Chocolate Rain, and “Leave Britney Alone!” are hardly considered material for the big screen. But someday, the time may come in which YouTube phenomenons do turn into prospective movie stars. For all anyone knows, the process will begin with Fred The Movie spawning from the online world.
Of course, YouTube hits are different from hits on the TV world. Nielsen ratings, and not comments from YouTube, will determine whether Fred has a future beyond the Internet. Although people are eager to watch this material on their computers, their television schedule might be more crowded.
Even if Fred The Movie didn’t take off on TV, the online future still looks bright, as his videos still make millions of hits. In addition, Lucas Cruikshank is certainly taking off, with his own live action sitcom set for next year.
For those who haven’t been able to watch Fred The Movie online, they have another chance on Nickelodeon tonight, as it reruns at 8 pm est.
YouTube- “Fred’s Channel”
Fourth Estate- “From YouTube to Hollywood”
Forbes- “Meet YouTube Hit turned Movie Star Fred Figglehorn. Your Kids Have”