Imagine being transported to a time when the world was ruled by dinosaurs. Toy dinosaurs, that is.

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This is the world created on the prehistoric channel, an increasingly popular YouTube account run by an unidentified young boy who loves, loves, loves dinosaurs.

For months, he might as well have been any anonymous YouTube user, uploading a couple videos a week to share with a small handful of subscribers — most of whom were probably friends and family.

Videos of what, exactly? Take a look...

It all started with his very first live action production, called "the lost amazon," which features a toy safari car trekking over well-worn living room carpet, past vegetation that looks suspiciously like potpourri, and finally coming upon a miraculous grouping of (toy) dinosaurs, just as the music crescendos.

This safari car just stumbled across something incredible. All images from the prehistoric channel

In later videos, he animates fictional fights between different ancient beasts, like the one depicted in "oviraptor vs iguanodon," or stages elaborate set pieces for a recurring series he calls "prehistory island."


GIF via "oviraptor vs iguanodon."

He even reviews dinosaur toys for both scientific accuracy and ease-of-use, and wow does he know an impressive amount about dinosaur toys, models, and collectibles.

Skeptics might even think his videos are some kind of viral marketing stunt for Schleich, who manufactures a lot of these toys, but we doubt it.

It's all narrated excitedly over the buzz of a busy household in the background. Sometimes his mom talks to him while he's filming. Other times he fumbles with the camera, the way a kid his age would.

But most of the time he's just totally lost in his imagination.

The world first learned about the prehistoric channel when someone posted one of his videos to reddit. In just a few days, the channel gained nearly 90,000 followers.

Hello there!

The reaction to this little boy and his dinosaur videos has been about one of the most genuine things you'll ever see online.

Once reddit showed his work to the world, the response was ... amazing. Comments poured in for his videos. "I love what you're doing," and "Do what you love man, keep going!"

Some people even popped in to ask the kid a couple of questions about the dinosaurs featured in his movies.

And the boy's reaction to his newfound fame? Let's just say he was pretty happy about it.

He reminds me so much of myself as a kid.

I'd lose myself for hours in elaborate storylines I made up with my toys, including battles, races, epic rescues, and dialogue for multiple characters. The only difference is this kid put it all on the Internet for everyone to see.

People aren't tuning in to learn about dinosaurs or for the production value. We're tuning in because he reminds us of a time when our imagination was the only thing we needed in the whole world. And if there's anything that deserves to be shared on the Internet, that's it.

You can check out his full channel here. It will definitely be one of the best things you do today.

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