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Two weeks ago I wrote about the McGurk Effect. There has been a recent and hilarious update worth sharing.
Harry McGurk and John MacDonald, back in 1976, discovered that if you make a video in which the sounds of words beginning with b are dubbed over people mouthing those words with an f, viewer hears an f sound instead of the b. Even if you know the sound you are hearing is box, for example, but it looks like the person is saying fox, then fox is what you hear.
In Richmond Park in southwest London this year, a 13-year-old boy, Jake Goodyear, was recording a video of a few passive deer standing idly about. Suddenly a man's voice can be heard yelling, "Benton! Benton!"
Imagine the voice with an English accent. And it is saying, "Ben-ton! Ben-ton!" in a agitated manner. Among the repeated shouts of the name are irritated and anxious swears.
As the voice gets louder, the camera swings to the right. There we see not a few deer, but a great stampeding herd of them.
Benton, it turns out, is a Labrador that has set the herd to flight and is racing after it.
"Benton! Benton! [inappropriate word deleted] [inappropriate word deleted] Benton!"
We see the man chasing after his dog, which is chasing the deer, who are running wildly toward a busy roadway.
Goodyear uploaded his 47-second video to YouTube, and it became instantly famous, starting a meme. The sound of the owner calling his dog has been added to scenes from various movies.
We see, for example, from Jurassic Park, Dr. Alan Grant and Tim and Lex watching a herd of running Gallimimus.
"Amazing," Grant says. "The way they move. Their direction changes. Just like a flock of birds evading a predator."
"They're, uh, flocking this way," Tim says, stepping backwards.
It is then we hear the desperate cry of "Benton! Benton!" as if the wayward Labrador and not a T-Rex was chasing the Gallimimus.
The same treatment has been given to stampede scenes in Lion King, Jumanji, and half a dozen other movies. There's even one of a dog making running motions in its sleep.
Many of these funny overdubs have been given titles such as Benton Lion King or Benton Battle of Helm's Deep.
Goodyear, in an interview, revealed that people are mishearing the dog's name. The name is Fenton.
I went back and re-watched a number of the videos and sure enough, the man is yelling, "Fenton! Fenton!"
It's not exactly the McGurk Effect, but it is a funny mix up of b and f.
No one has done it yet, but the Fenton sound track would be great dubbed over the start of the Foston Marathon. Or better yet, store openings on Flack Briday.