As it turns out, Candy Mountain is located somewhere in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Charlie the Unicorn, the beloved star of one of YouTube’s first viral hits, will make his third appearance at Burning Man. A vehicle bearing his likeness will cruise through the festival, and thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, it will be souped up with some sparkly upgrades.
The Charlie car first appeared at Burning Man in 2011, and made a return trip the next year (serving as a portable dance party). For its 3rd straight appearance, its creators are taking things to the next level; thanks to the money they raised, Charlie will be outfitted with a rope light tail, a rainbow LED laser on his horn, and lots of other colorful gizmos.
The original Charlie the Unicorn video hit Newgrounds in 2005. Its ‘official’ YouTube debut on the SecretAgentBob channel premiered in 2008, and three more sequels arrived 2008, 2009, and 2012. Though creator Jason Steele is not involved in the Burning Man car, he has given his full blessing to the fans who are. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see his creation turned into a gigantic, flashing dancemobile?
Besides, the fans are plenty dedicated to glorifying Charlie. Check out the spinoff they created to serve as their Kickstarter pitch video:
Charlie the Unicorn has always seemed like a video created under the influence of a lot of psychoactive drugs, so it’s no surprise that Burning Man’s ‘free-spirited’ attendees would dig it. When the 2013 festival begins on August 27th, they’ll have another chance to rally around their mythical spirit animal.