Crazy Frog was an icon of the early 2000s. Arguably, he was the herald of an era where memes were funny because they were inherently stupid. He wasn’t funny, but he was annoying. And in 2003, kids got the laughs where they could find them.
But it wasn’t the laughs that everyone remembers Crazy Frog for. Beyond his weird eyes, gangly body and irritating tunes, he was most infamous for an appendage children were never meant to see: his dick.
Now in 2021, it appears Crazy Frog is back.
More Crazy Frog is on the way
Like a phoenix, he rises. Back in 2020, Crazy Frog caused some rumblings by activating a Twitter account and by starting a Discord server. Back then, we thought he had returned for real, but we were wrong.
For months, there wasn’t much to say for Crazy Frog – it was almost like he had disappeared again. Months of shitposting and filling the void with tweets, fanart and memes came after.
— MPLFun (@mIpfun) October 6, 2021
Then, on November 25, 2021, a post went up confirming it all.
— Crazy Frog (@TrueCrazyFrog) November 24, 2021
It looks like Crazy Frog has new material and a new video coming out on December 10, which has driven Twitter into a bit of a frenzy, racking up thousands of likes and retweets. His dick has returned too, so, here’s a confirmation of that.
“This new video will have the Crazy Frog like he was originally meant, with a penis, but we will have to do a censored version again as well because US media will not show the original version,” said Wolfgang Boss, one of the creators behind the 2000s icon.
Crazy Frog, Humble Beginnings
Crazy Frog was originally designed by Swedish animator Erik Wernquist. His digital birth was to accompany a funny .mp3 file of student Daniel Malmedahl imitating a motorbike sound. This was, of course, in the days where people shared .mp3 files with each other, for fun.
Wernquist named the animation ‘The Annoying Thing’ and uploaded it to his website and an early CGI forum, where it was downloaded and shared across the internet.
Eventually it caught the attention of ringtone company, Jamba, which purchased the rights to the character. Jamba dubbed it Crazy Frog (a name which disgusted Wernquist) and went on to produce music using the animation’s image.
In an instant, ‘The Annoying Thing’ went from being an obscure CGI animation from the web to being a smash hit music success. He was annoying, but he was catchy and every kid in the early 2000s was humming and ding-dinging along to the original ‘Axel F’ remix. Crazy Frog was everywhere. The pop charts. MTV. The internet. In ads between the news. In the period between 2003 and 2005, you couldn’t escape him.
Here’s a reminder, if you need one.
But it wasn’t long before controversy struck.
Crazy Frog was never meant to be a kid-friendly icon. This might explain why his dick caused him so much trouble. As you may be aware, the Frog’s design includes a vest and no pants. In some appearances, his body appears to be bulbous and free of genitalia, but in his more common form he has a short, stumpy penis between his legs.
While character art was often edited to remove it, it caused major problems for the music videos.
His visible scrotum caused major complaints and while it led to censoring on some commercial TV stations (a blurred bar appeared across his midsection), the UK Advertising Standards Authority did rule in favour of Crazy Frog in 2005.
Despite getting a free pass for showing his genitals on air, Jamba chose to censor all future Crazy Frog content to avoid backlash from concerned parents. Arguably, this controversy only buoyed his star. It made him infamous in the eyes of 2000s kids everywhere.
In 2021, Crazy Frog’s iconic ‘Axel F’ remix has a whopping 3.1 billion views on YouTube. This is despite the video being uploaded in 2009, way past the Frog’s peak popularity. The top comment on the video ominously hints to the return of the Crazy Frog – The Frog himself saying “Ring Ding d-d Ding Ding”, back in March 2021.
Somehow, Crazy Frog has achieved longevity normally reserved for pop culture icons and legends.
In April 2020, he joined the world of Twitter with an inconceivable announcement. After a decade-long hiatus, he’d returned.
If you want to catch up with all of Crazy Frog’s latest antics, you can join his official Discord server, but be aware it’s 6,000 people actively admitting very forbidden thirst for the Frog on a daily basis. You can also subscribe to him on Spotify, alongside 1.2 million other monthly listeners.
It’s 2021 and Crazy Frog is back, baby.
It feels right that he should return in 2021. In a year where everything is going wrong, what’s one more disaster? Then again, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.
Perhaps Crazy Frog the hero we need in 2021.
This post has been updated since it was first published.