“Charlie the Unicorn” is a Flash animated short film and viral video created by Jason Steele of independent film company FilmCow. The film follows the life of Charlie, a lethargic unicorn, and two other unicorns who bring him on an allegedly magical adventure to the mythical “Candy Mountain.”
The film was envisioned by independent animator Jason Steele of production company FilmCow. Steele originally created the video as a flash animation test for his mother; the video was partially credited to her and was released by her under the username “TypeQueen” on Newgrounds, where it rapidly gained popularity. The video was later uploaded onto YouTube by Geoff Swanson, where it rapidly gained viewership and continued to increase in popularity.
The video was a viral hit, accumulating 50 million views and gaining worldwide praise. A merchandising line was later produced featuring the video’s characters and famed quotations, as well as three sequels, “Charlie the Unicorn 2,” “Charlie the Unicorn 3,” and “Charlie the Unicorn 4”, released in 2008, 2009, and 2012 respectively. It also spawned a parody series titled “charlie teh unicron”, created by Steele in 2010, as a picture of what Charlie The Unicorn would be like if other people created him. The first three videos in the series were released to DVD in 2009 under the title The FilmCow Master Collection.
Charlie The Unicorn
Three sequels have been made: “Charlie the Unicorn 2”, “Charlie the Unicorn 3”, and “Charlie the Unicorn 4”, released in 2008, 2009, and 2012. Below is a video which includes all 4 shorts.