Nigel Thornberry-Disney GIF
GIF from Know Your Meme.
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Nigel Thornberry is back again. In what seems like an ongoing theme for The Wild Thornberrys character, Nigel keeps re-emerging on TV or online even though the show's original run ended in 2004. This time, poppa Thornberry makes a comeback as an animated GIF.
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The new GIF meme -- swapping the faces of Disney characters with Nigel's face -- began with Miryuu Chan's Tumblr post, which now has more than 63,000 “likes” and reposts since Jan. 21. The Beauty and the Beast GIF in the post shows Belle's pretty face transform into Nigel's not-as-pretty face.
Since then, the web couldn't get enough of Nigel's prominent nose, bushy mustache and pearly whites. People have gradually been replicating the GIF, using a potpourri of Disney characters to create their own Nigel-fied animations (see gallery below).
This is the second time in less than year that Sir Nigel Archibald Thornberry has infiltrated the meme universe.
Last summer, his trademark rambling (voiced by Tim Curry) was mashed up with popular songs by Adele, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, among other pop singers. The Nigel remixes on YouTube usually included pictures of Nigel's head plopped on top of the singers' bodies. Before the GIFs caught on this January, people had primarily been using his head in still pictures or photo montages.
The Wild Thornberrys series ended its original run on TV in March 2004 before going into rerun mode until 2009. After a two-year hiatus, the show made a comeback in November 2011 as part of TeenNick's “The ’90s Are All That" programming block, which brought back a handful of popular Nickelodeon shows.
This story originally published on Mashable here.