Video of the Week: "Lucas the Spider: Scary Stories"

I’ve been fascinated by the intense popularity of Lucas the Spider for a good six months now. He consistently has trending videos on YouTube with over a million views. Check it out:

Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • What makes these Lucas the Spider videos consistently popular?

  • Would the video be just as cute if the animator used his own voice instead of his nephew’s?

  • Do videos like this have the power to help people conquer their fears of spiders?

  • Why is this video a good example of personification?

  • How does the point of view impact the story?