Guacardo: An Icon, A Legend. Here’s The Story Behind The Internet’s Most Viral Avocado
You’ve probably seen a full-figured avocado with eyes pop up in random places, but might not be sure who he is. Guacardo is our favorite muñeco lindo from mitú and has garnered millions of fans for his eccentric personality, and, let’s be honest, that unforgettable booty. Guacardo has become part of families everywhere and has even gotten on a first-name basis with the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Eva Longoria, and Jake Gyllenhal. Guacardo is an undoubted internet sensation, and some of you have asked: What’s Guacardo’s story? It’s high time we got personal and shared the one and only Guacardo’s story.
some of you have asked: What’s Guacardo’s story? It’s high time we got personal and shared the one and only Guacardo’s story.
Guacardo was born on April 6, 2017, when he set sail on the Titanic.
Mitú animator, Danna Galeano, was creating characters for mitú’s Snapchat every day. “I created Guacardo because I wanted to create a character any Latino would be able to relate to,” she said. At the time, Danna remembers she wasn’t always able “to connect with [my team members] and my animations back then,” because she was the only Colombian in the Los Angeles-based, and mostly Mexican, team. She wanted to create a character that belonged to every Latino. But Guacardo grew even larger than Danna could have dreamed. “When Guacardo came to life,” she recalled, “I got a lot of comments not just from the Latino community but from everywhere (India, Japan, Spain…) because everybody loves avocados.”
After his debut, people were eating up Guacardo, and begging for more screen time.
“I started getting a lot of fan messages, cakes, drawings, and costumes. I couldn’t believe this character was so loved by the community,” Galeano said. At the time, Guacardo had no name. He was just known as the “little dancing avocado” on mitú’s Snap stories. Still, people were making fan pages for the nameless avocado, and saving images and gifs of him to their phone. “I heavily identify with the dancing avocado at the end of mitú’s Snap stories,” tweeted one fan. “Why does the little dancing avocado on mitú crack me up every time I see it…” tweeted another fan.
Fun fact: Guacardo was named by his fans.
The mystery of Guacardo’s appeal has never been solved. It soon became clear that the “dancing avocado” needed a name. So, six months later, mitú asked fans to name him. A range of options were whittled down to four, including Guacardina. The people spoke and six months after his Internet birth, the little dancing avocado became Guacardo. Of course, Guacardo started his own Instagram page, and he has become part of countless family traditions since then.
One Marine who was feeling isolated from her family told us that Guacardo’s Snap stories became part of their family’s tradition. “We have this little competition to see who can post Guacardo first each day, and it just helps that much more to make the distance feel shorter,” she said. Someone else let us know that they have “an album full of your videos and pictures on [her] phone.” Of all Guacardo’s faces, they said, “that face you make when you show your teeth – that’s my fave!”
A year after his Internet birth, Guacardo came to life in plushie form and made it big time in Hollywood.
And who wouldn’t want a chance to meet this little dude? “Guacardo is a hopeless romantic who loves dancing and eating,” his creator Galeano said. Jake Gyllenhaal was too stoked to meet the plushie version of his twin, Guacardo, his impersonation becoming an instant viral meme. Guacardo has met dozens of celebrities, and as exclusive as his company might feel, Guacardo is of the people, for the people, through and through.
The people asked for more Guacardo, and Guacardo delivered.
You can get your own Guacardo plushie here. Plus, Guacardo is as dynamic as you and me. Sometimes, he needs a “This body was built on arroz&frijoles” camiseta, and other times he knows he’s about those “healthy fats”. Either way, Guacardo is the role model of body positivity.
May the Earth be overtaken by Guacardos.
May your legs be warmed by the embrace of Guacardo joggers. If Guacardo is ever smashed onto a piece of toast, may it bring you joy. May you never feel alone with Bidi Bidi Guac Guac by your side. We’re team Guacardo for life. How has Guacardo changed your life?
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