For years social media stars and YouTubers were relegated to their success online and making cameo appearances on TV and film. However, this past Wednesday one of the biggest YouTuber sensations Smosh has taken it to the next level as their film “Smosh: The Movie” had its big gala red carpet premiere in Westwood. It was a who’s who in the social media world with the likes of JennxPenn, Joey Graceffa, Jordyn Jones, Lauren Elizabeth, Jenna Marbles and more.
YouTubers like Wong Fu Productions were one of the first to create full films available on YouTube such as their movies “Agents of Secret Stuff” and “Everything Before Us.” However, Smosh will have it’s film release on demand today including iTunes and Vimeo. Co-produced by Awesomeness TV and Defy Media, the film takes their online antics to the next level. Defy Media’s CEO Matt Diamond added that this is the best way to celebrate Smosh’s 10 year anniversary online. The duo making up Smosh, Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox mentioned to Popcorn Talk that everyone is starting to respect social media stars, influencers and YouTube that it’s getting to the level of mainstream media that with all the viewers online, it’s similar to all the other media platforms.
“With SMOSH: The Movie, we are going to build upon what we learned from the release of Expelled, the #1 Social Movie of 2014 that debuted at the top of the iTunes charts,” said Brian Robbins, CEO and Founder AwesomenessTV as quoted from the film’s press notes. “Loved by our audience, SMOSH is a huge digital brand and Ian and Anthony are big time comedic talents. This film was a natural for us to produce and now distribute with Defy.”
In the film, Anthony and Ian are transported into the YouTube portal as they search to delete an embarrassing video clip of Anthony before his high school crush can see it especially since their high school reunion is coming up. As they take their journey through the YouTube portal, the duo bump into one Youtube celebrity after another including Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig of “The Grace Helbig Show,” Harley Morenstein of “Epic Meal Time,” Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval, Mark Fischback, Elisha Yaffe, Jillian Nelson, Brittan Ross, and Michael Ian Black.
The duo were so excited to see so many people on the carpet. Asked by this writer’s affiliate, Emily Tang of Pacific Rim Video on how did they get ready and choose their outfits, the duo had their usual comedic response of Anthony stating he woke up in his suit while Ian found his outfit in the trash. Anthony flipped the script on Emily as he asked her if she ever put on an outfit the night before to save time in the morning.
Originally started out with Anthony started posting flash animations on website Newgrounds in early 2003, under the moniker Smosh. Ian later came on board to become the comedic duo posting videos on YouTube in late 2005. The duo began amassing a following which amounts to over 20 million subscribers. To watch more of their online antics visit their channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/smosh