If Bob Ross telling you that “this is your world; you’re the creator” doesn’t warm your heart, consult a physician...immediately.
PBS, as VentureBeat writes, has been showing that it “really gets the Internet,” with a growing number of viral videos, from Cookie Monster’s spoof of the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe” to a video mash-up/song using clips of the late Mister Rogers.
On Thursday, they released a remix of footage of painter Bob Ross. If you spent any time watching PBS programming in the 1980s and ’90s (full disclosure: I did.), and your local public television station carried Ross’s show “Joy of Painting,” then you know that his show was a PBS mainstay. Ross, who died in 1995 at age 52, became known for his soft-spoken manner and the step-by-step instructions he provided.
The remix is called “Happy Painter” and features clips from Ross’s television show. Here are some of the lines from the show. If you’re unable to watch the video, imagine Ross’s voice set to autotune:
I believe, I believe every day is a good day when you paint
I believe, I believe it will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart
This is your world, you’re the creator, find freedom on this canvas
Believe that you can do it, ’cause you can do it
The video, created by John Boswell (aka melodysheep), is number two in a series called “PBS Icons Remixed.” Boswell is the brains behind a number of inspirational remixes on a variety of subjects and featuring a number of icons, including Yoda (yes, that Yoda), astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson physicist Stephen Hawking and actor Morgan Freeman.
The next installment in the PBS icons series has yet to be announced, with the previous two videos coming more or less by surprise.
Each video comes with a brief line asking viewers to reach into their wallets for some cash and, as Cookie Monster sings, “share it maybe” with their local PBS station.
In case you missed the Mister Rogers remix:
Oh, and Cookie Monster’s “Share It Maybe”:
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