I'm not sure exactly how she stumbled upon it - it was most likely on one of those YouTube sidebars of "other videos you might like" while she was watching one of her OG Elmo or nursery rhymes videos - but somehow our 22-month-old daughter discovered the below video and it has now become her own personal "Spitter" episode of Seinfeld. She will watch it again and again.
WARNING: Do not watch it unless you're interested in a pair of hands with complicated nails remove a series of smaller toys from a plastic backpack and then, in turn, open those smaller toys.
Not exactly the last season of Breaking Bad, is it? I'm not really sure what is so attractive about this to our kid. I have theorized that there is some kind of child-level ASMR thing going on, and I will admit the sound of the toys going back into the backpack makes a satisfying "klunk" that my daughter and I both find soothing. (Well, I imagine she does. She likes to watch the shit out of it but she's never said "Dada, I find this soothing.") The parents in the article linked below also share my ASMR theory, to my somewhat surprise.
THE PLOT THICKENS. Turns out the fancy-nailed Dora backpack opener is THE HIGHEST PAID YOUTUBE EARNER IN THE WORLD.
HOLY. FUCKING. SHIT.
That's right. This anonymous chick (and if you read the linked article, she seems pretty vigilant about being anonymous) made FIVE MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR opening and assembling Disney toys on camera. She came in ahead of #2, TAYLOR FUCKING SWIFT.
This fact is so mindblowing to me partly because until some time last year I had no idea there was such a thing as "unboxing" videos and until a few days ago I really didn't know you could make five million dollars a year making them.
(SIDE NOTE: #4 on the YouTube Walk of Fame is Little Baby Bum, which produces a seemingly endless series of animated videos that I assume if you have a kid you're as familiar with as I am. They are as addictive for toddlers as oxy is for Kentuckians. I could - and perhaps will - write a whole other thing about the LBB world and its characters.)
Anyway, I'm sure the Dora backpack video will blow over at some point just like other once-favorite videos have been discarded. It's just one of those Inexplicable Things about kids.