Monday, August 4, 2014

The 2000s

Besides being the decade with no name (I mean, seriously, what do you call it?  The Oughts?), the 2000's are, in my estimation, the Yeti Renaissance - the Yetissance.  Just look at this graphic, a veritable cornucopia.  I could barely fit them all in.

Surveying the '00s, one can see Yeti everywhere: comics, toys, video games, Saturday morning cartoons, commercials, live-action kids shows, and on and on.  Just throw the kitchen sink in there, too.  With the faucets turned on full blast.

Retro is all the rage this decade, so we see a new and improved G.I. Joe action figure, a re-envisioned Choose Your Own Adventure book, and a Lego playset.  Yeti gets a cameo in a major animated kids' film (Monsters, Inc.) and a major live-action motion picture (Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor).  He's on the ground floor for the ascension of MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft. These giant RPGs are released at a near constant rate, and they need monsters, monsters, monsters; with Yeti being one of the first picks at the top of their roster.  He takes memorable supporting roles in popular, influential games: Zelda: Twilight Princess, League of Legends, Uncharted 2, Plants vs. Zombies.  With the rise of the Internet, we see the arrival of numerous screen-printed T-shirt companies featuring original designs, as well as the formation of the vinyl designer toy movement.  Yeti's a popular muse for both (prime example: Gama-Go). And Disney surmounts its own Matterhorn, imagineering Expedition Everest, a new ride at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort. To coincide their effort, the Mouse House churns out endless merchandise displaying a variety of depictions - all white-furred as it turns out. In fact, at this point in the popular culture  (with the early-in-the-decade exception of the GameBoy game, Urban Yeti), Yeti is white as snow, and he's not goin' brown any time soon (much to the irritation of many cryptozoologists).

And that's the Two-Thousands in a nutshell.  A good way to describe it: "nuts".

Yow, did I miss anything?

2000    Spyro: Year of the Dragon (game)
2000    Banjo-Tooie (game)
2000    Metal Slug 3 (game)
2000    RPG Tsukuru 4 (game)
2000    Kong Animated Series (animation)
2000    Digimon (animation)
2000    Mystic (comic)
2001    Monsters, Inc. (film)
2001    Monkeybone (film)
2001    Runescape (game)
2001    Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Trial By Fire (game)
2001    Wario Land 4 (game)
2001    Dark Age of Camelot (game)
2001    Arcanum (game)
2001    Letters from Felix (animation) [Not depicted]
2002    G.I. Joe Search for the Yeti (toy)
2002    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (animation)
2002    Urban Yeti (game)
2002    Metal Slug 4 (game)
2002    Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure (game)
2002    Icewind Dale II (game)
2002    Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (game)
2002    What's new Scooby Doo?  Snow Creature (animation)
2002    Capital One (ad)
2003    Fairly Odd Parents (animation)
2003    Tim Biskup Gama Go (apparel)
2003    Lego Yeti’s Hide-Out (toy)
2003    Grand Chase (game)
2003    America's Army: Special Forces (game)
2003    The Battle for Wesnoth (game)
2003    Gladius (game)
2003    Lineage II (game)
2003    MapleStory (game)
2003    Harvest Moon: It's a Wonderful Life (game)
2003    Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando (game)
2003    Shining Soul II (game)
2003    Little Lit (book)
2004    Yetisports (game)
2004    PopTarts packaging (ad)
2004    Backyardigans: "Yeti Stomp" (animation)
2004    Planet Cook (television)
2004    Franny's Feet (television)
2004    Dofus (game)
2004    Everquest 2 (game)
2004    Jack Bivouac: Ace Yeti Trapper (game)
2004    Mabinogi (game)
2004    Metin2 (game)
2004    World of Warcraft (game)
2004    Jacobsmeyer painting (book)
2005    Guild Wars (game)
2005    Icy Pinball (game)
2005    Kameo: Elements of Power (game)
2005    ROSE (game)
2005    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (game)
2005    Crash Tag Team Racing (game)
2005    Warhammer Alliance (game)
2005    Tork: Prehistoric Punk (game)
2005    Yeti or Not (game)
2005    Dragon Ball GT Transformation (game)
2005    TMNT "Raphael vs. the Yeti" (toy)
2005    Freddy the Yeti (animation)
2005    Houston statue (attraction)
2006    Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman DVD (animation)
2006    Expedition Everest (attraction/apparel/toy)
2006    Abominable (film)
2006    Georges le yeti commercial (ad)
2006    Yeti Hammer Throw (game)
2006    Zelda Twilight Princess (game)
2006    Mother 3 (game)
2006    Penguin vs. Yeti (game)
2006    Rampage: Total Destruction (game)
2006    Titan Quest (game)
2006    Sonic Rivals (game)
2006    Valhalla Knights (game)
2006    Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (game)
2006    Gumby vs. the Astrobots (game)
2006    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (game)
2006    Biker Mice from Mars (animation)
2006    Emperor's New School (animation)
2006    IWG Yeti figure (toy)
2006    Blocky horned figure (toy)
2006    Nichtlustig German characters (comic)
2006    John Cox's "How to Make a Monster" (attraction)
2006    Great Ten's Hu Wei ("snaauurr") (comic)
2006    Prince Lao (comic)
2006    Red Sonja (comic)
2007    Chill Out, Scooby Doo! (animation)
2007    Lissi und der wilde Kaiser (film)
2007    Futurama: Bender's Big Score (animation)
2007    Danny Phantom (animation)
2007    Eudemon Online (game)
2007    Lord of the Rings Online (game)
2007    Lunia (game)
2007    Regnum Online (game)
2007    Mega Man Star Force 2 (game)
2007    YetiSports 7 Free Ride (game)
2007    Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (animation)
2007    Doctor 13 (comic)
2007    Scooby Doo 116 (comic)
2007    Jr Skiski (ad)
2007    Avalanche Howler the Yeti mascot (sports)
2008    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (film)
2008    Age of Conan (game)
2008    Carrot Mania On Ice (game)
2008    Christmasville (game)
2008    Castle Crashers (game)
2008    Frost Bite 2 (game)
2008    Grimm (game)
2008    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (game)
2008    Roogoo: Twisted Towers (game)
2008    Snow Drift (game)
2008    Super Smash Bros. Brawl (game)
2008    Yeti Aim Fire! (game)
2008    Aion: The Tower of Eternity (game)
2008    AdventureQuest Worlds (game)
2008    Wizard 101 (game)
2008    LEGO Batman: The Videogame (game)
2008    Atlantica Online (game)
2008    The Incredible Hulk (game)
2008    Tomb Raider: Underworld (game)
2008    Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (game)
2008    Pokemon (animation)
2008    Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (animation)
2008    Screen Novelties yeti (animation)
2008    Patch Together (toy)
2009    Basil's Swap Shop (Television)
2009    LandSAR commercial (ad)
2009    Phineas and Ferb (animation)
2009    Cold Storage (game)
2009    Darkfall (game)
2009    Gates of Andaron (game)
2009    EpicDuel (game)
2009    Gift of the Yeti (game)
2009    Invizimals (game)
2009    League of Legends (game)
2009    Minecraft (game)
2009    AMBL Bowling League (game)
2009    MySims Agent (game)
2009    Overlord II (game)
2009    Plants vs. Zombies (game)
2009    PoxNora (game)
2009    Rappelz (game)
2009    Torchlight (game)
2009    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (game)
2009    Free Realms (game)
2009    Spelunky (game)
2009    Loderunner (game)
2009    Scribblenauts (game)
2009    Minigore (game)
2009    Moorhuhn Jump'n'Run - Schatzjager 2 (game)
2009    Doodle Jump (game)
2009    Earth Eternal (game)
2009    Hunter Blade (game)
2009    Ravensword: The Fallen King (game)
2009    Bill the Yeti figure (toy)
2009    Guy Davis' BPRD (comic)
2009    Patsy Walker Hellcat (comic)
2009    Teddy and the Yeti (comic)


Anonymous said...

You forgot the yeti (snow ape) from HeroesV (2007) - so rare that it's actually only in the previews from the game and not in the actual released game.

Henry said...

I originally blogged about it here: and list it on my complete Video Games list.