The Dancing Baby is a viral video that featured the 3D animation of a baby dancing to the “Hooked on a Feeling” by the Swedish pop group Blue Swede. In this video, the animated baby performs a cha-cha form of dance that lasts for several seconds. The Dancing Baby originated as experimental test files that used 3D character animation. It was released in 1996 by a team of developers at Character Studio. The Dancing Baby may also be referred to as the Oogachaka Baby or Baby Cha-Cha.
The Dancing Baby became an Internet phenomenon through email chains, which led to many spinoffs and parodies. Most famously, the baby was featured in the hit TV show “All McBeal” as a hallucination that the main character frequently experienced. The Dancing Baby also appeared on other movies, TV shows and commercials.The Dancing Baby was created using the 3D character animation software known as Character Studio in conjunction with 3D Studio Max. When the animated baby was first released, this 3D character animation software was considered groundbreaking. As a result, many animators sought to improve upon and create new versions of the Dancing Baby. A number of variants to this video were created, which included a rasta baby, a drunken baby, a samurai baby, and many others, but none of them were even close to the original Dancing Baby's popularity.