There’s not really a set formula on how to make videos that go viral although it is clear to see that those that do, tug on heartstrings, one way or another. And who can better manipulate your emotions than kids — charming, adorable and pretty talented kids, to be exact.
The Internet swooned over these 10 kids who burned up social media in 2014 with their funny antics and cute charm. Some of them have been at this for a while, while others became accidental stars overnight but the most surprising fact is that they are all under the age of 10. Warning: Extreme cuteness ahead. Proceed with caution.
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Noah Ritter – The “Apparently” Kid
In August of 2014, this incredibly precocious kid became famous after a video of him being interviewed by WNEP-TV was uploaded onto their YouTube channel. Aptly titled, “Apparently” This Kid Is Awesome, Steals The Show During Interview, the video shows him being interviewed at a carnival about a ride. Apparently, he enjoyed his time there as well as his appearance on live television. He’s been invited to be on ‘The Ellen Show’ a few times and he even got to do his very own commercial.
Zhang Junhao – The Talent Show Kid
His name may not sound familiar but chances are that you’ve probably seen a particular video going around on the web of this little guy grooving. Merely 3 years old, Zhang Junhao wanted to "spread a bit of happiness" and auditioned for a Chinese talent show (spoiler alert: he made it to the next round). A YouTube account called DramaFever then uploaded his initial audition which quickly went viral for his impressive dancing skills and ability to adapt to different styles. It currently has 56 million views.
Yebin – The Kid Who LOVES Cookies
Baby Yebin, as she is known, garnered a following of admirers after her Korean mom posted a particular video that went viral. It showcases an attempt by her mother to teach her about "stranger danger". You can’t help but laugh at the little girl’s antics. Yebin’s YouTube channel currently has close to 45,000 subscribers (at the time of writing) and the video that made her famous has gotten over 500,000 views.
Mateo – The Kid Who Just Wants Cupcakes
In March, a video surfaced online of Mateo Beltran, a spunky 3-year old whom was on a mission. He wanted some cupcakes instead of dinner (because lunch was enough, apparently) but after being refused them by mom, he went behind her back to get some from Grandma. What ensues from here is this charming little guy’s attempt to reason with his mother, Linda.
Since the video, he’s appeared on ‘The Ellen Show’ (and got some cupcakes, of course). His parents have since started selling T-shirts with his famous phrase for his college fund and part of the proceeds also go towards the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.
Zony & Yony – The Kids Who Dance
Zony and Yony are twin sisters from Taipei, Taiwan and they went viral thanks to their YouTube dance videos. In particular, the video of them dancing to K-Pop group Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar has gotten more than 6 million views. Their fame got them flown in from Taipei to be on ‘The Ellen Show’ in May, which brought them even more fame… and a trip to Disneyland!
They’ve been invited back on ‘The Ellen Show’ several times to perform. Most recently, they showcased their dancing skills to Taylor Swift’s "Shake it off".
Breanna Youn – The Kid Too Cute To Resist
Breanna’s mom has been posting videos of her on Vine where she has a steady following of 311.7K followers. However, it was only via the Instagram account that was set up that she really rose to fame. Her Instagram followers has since grown to a cool 1.2 million — pretty big numbers for an ordinary 5 year old girl. The videos showcase her and her daily antics and they’re pretty adorable to watch. Originally based in Korea, after a holiday in Saudi Arabia, paid for by wealthy fans, they decided to stay there .
James Hashimoto – The Action Movie Kid
Forget Schwarzenegger and Van Damme, there’s a new action hero in town. James aka Action Movie Kid quickly gathered fans on YouTube thanks to the awesome special effects skills of his father, Daniel Hashimoto. Daniel, an animator with Dreamworks, began posting videos of James’ adventures in April and since then the videos have raked in millions of views.
You can catch James in the new 2014 YouTube rewind video and word on the street is that we’ll see more of Action Movie Kid in the future.
Ty – The Kid Who Got Poked In The Heart
Like adults, even kids get into arguments sometimes. This video first uploaded to Facebook (and later on YouTube) by Tara Willmott. It features a group of 3 year olds, comprised of Ty and the Roberts’ sisters, arguing over the weather in Arkansas. Their interaction is adorable with lines like “You’re not real, I’m real” getting thrown in. The video currently has more than 12 million views.
Sadie – The Kid Who Loves Her Brother
We all struggle with growing up but 5 year old Sadie seemed to have a bit more of a struggle with the fact that her 3 month old brother Carson would no longer be as young… or cute (I don’t blame her, he’s pretty adorable). Her uncle, Alex Miller, uploaded the video where Sadie refuses to accept the fact that her brother is going to have to grow up one day. Her outburst has since been viewed more than 30 million times.
Tre – The “Exasperating” Kid
Getting told that you’re getting another sibling is a big deal. You can tell just how much of a big deal it is for Tre when his mom told him that she was pregnant. This eloquent young man tried to explain to his mom why he didn’t take too kindly to this news.
Captured on video by his mom, Shanee, this video has made its way around the Internet has and has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. Like quite a few of the other kids, Tre was invited onto ‘The Ellen Show’ where both he and mom were treated to a special surprise.