The creator, who did not respond to multiple interview requests, started her toy-reviewing career with focused on model horses, from Breyer figures to My Little Pony toys. The channel, which features videos of unboxing and playing with toys, launched in 2015 and now has more than 5. Though plenty of YouTubers in the toy world are avid collectors, Clark and Casiano, who go by the nicknames Nat and Essie in their videos, are all business. It initially started out as an unboxing channel for Kinder Surprise eggs, then morphed into a toy channel when he and his brother discovered exactly how popular Peppa Pig channels were getting. But few kids are going to give up playing on their own for YouTube. Of the multiple emails I sent out to 15 different YouTube creators, many of whom have millions of followers, I received only two responses aside from one that came in an unusable form of broken English.
You could argue that in an era when kids are often quieted with iPads and smartphones, anyway, toy videos might spark a little more desire to go off into real, solo imaginative play than say, another Peppa Pig episode. Sometimes the pictures depicting how the toy can be played with are narrated as if part of a playtime story, too. The theater operates as a pop-up or perhaps pup-up? However, there are a few ways that playing might help kids develop important life skills. For instance, , a channel with more than 992,000 followers that seems to involve actual children playing—or at least hires people with extremely child-like voices—almost exclusively traffics in playing with Anna and Elsa figures, even that include characters from other movies, like Ursula from 1989's The Little Mermaid. And the best part for the human members of this couple? Casiano argues that by watching her play on YouTube, kids can be inspired to play themselves. But that's probably not the case, according to experts.
It might not even be the toys in these videos that are attracting kids, for one thing. The business is successful enough that Pombo plans to add another two channels to the roster in early 2017. Apparently, many toy YouTubers are either loath to talk about their job or exceedingly busy, and based on the people I was able to track down, the latter feels like a legitimate excuse. With a little help from Google Translate and the basic Spanish I learned in high school, I emailed with Javier Pombo, a 32-year-old in A Caruña, Spain who runs a channel called. Dogs must be up-to-date on all their shots, and owners can submit veterinary records online or bring a hard copy to the theater to verify their pooch's health status.
Dogs are limited to two per person, and just 25 human seats are sold per showing to leave room for the furry guests. By late November 2016, it topped the in popularity, receiving more views than any other channel—182. I think frankly it could be anything. Once inside, owners are responsible for taking their dog out for potty breaks and cleaning up after any accidents that happen thankfully the floors are concrete and easy to wipe down. The videos almost always feature adult voices—typically female, high-pitched, insanely enthusiastic, and a little whispery—giving voice to toy characters, their hands occasionally popping out from behind the camera to manipulate the dolls and other toys.
Ryan is even more popular than Justin Bieber. There's a chance that it's the bright screen itself. Your includes bottomless wine or whiskey or soft drinks if you're under 21. The recently opened invites moviegoers—both human and canine—to watch classic films on the big screen. They typically post around 14 to 16 videos total each week. One, , has more than 8.
The narration sounds genuinely enthusiastic, like a kid opening presents on Christmas morning. Now, kids have been coming up with their own imaginative play stories for millennia, so it's pretty strange to think that youngsters need an extra push to play with their toys or come up with creative scenarios in which they're pirates or space aliens or Dr. It was really just an opportunity. The camera focuses lovingly on tiny details of the box. For Nathalie Clark, 30, and Mercy Casiano, 29, who jointly run the 1. Sometimes she and her 8-year-old sister even watch videos featuring toys they have.
Pet owners are asked follow a few rules in order to take advantage of what the theater has to offer. Instead, many of the people unwrapping and playing with toys on YouTube—voicing Barbies, Peppa Pig toys, Spongebob figures, and more—are adults. But Ryan, who is about the same age as his intended audience, is not the typical demographic represented in the stars of these videos. She goes by the pseudonym Cookie on the , but on her horse-focused blog, , she refers to herself as Honey. For dog owners in Plano, Texas, night with Fido no longer just means cuddling on the couch and browsing Netflix.
Like many toy accounts, HoneyHeartsC—which has significantly fewer followers than her general toy channel, about 205,700 subscribers—blends playing with dolls and horses with unboxing and reviewing the toys. All of that is the kind of thing we do when we empathize with other people. YouTube channels specifically devoted to unboxing toys are particularly popular. The extreme competition for clicks might be why I found YouTubers so hard to track down. Right now, they create around 15 videos every week, translating their into English with a freelance English-language narrator so they can appeal to a wider audience.
. While many of the movies shown are canine-themed—a recent screening of A Dog's Journey included branded bandanas with every ticket purchase—they also hold special events, like a finale watch party no word on how the puppers in attendance responded to Jon Snow finally acknowledging what a good boy Ghost is. . . .