It’s not an overstatement to suggest that Dogecoin (DOGE) has taken certain sectors of the internet by storm. Originally created in 2013 as a joke by Australian developer Jackson Palmer, the cryptocurrency has skyrocketed to an incredible US$11.8 billion (AU$17.7 billion) valuation. Now, a team of producers and filmmakers have announced production on a documentary that chronicles the story of the dog that inspired the original ‘Doge’ meme — a 17-year-old Shiba Inu from Japan called ‘Kabosu’.
The documentary is being created by a partnership between the doge-focused NFT project ‘Own the Doge‘ and ‘PleasrDAO‘ — which purchased the rights to the original Doge image in a mixed-crypto deal worth around US$4 million in 2021.
Tridog, the pseudonymous creator behind the documentary told The Chainsaw that the project has attracted the attention and support of Jim Toth, a Hollywood producer, and former husband of actress Reese Witherspoon. Additionally, Arthur Jones, the director of Pepe the Frog documentary Feels Good Man and award-winning HBO producer Evan Rosenfeld are set to contribute to the project.
“There are others we aren’t ready to announce just yet. All are advising out of their love for doge currently, but we are looking to bring on the right partners to make this the most wild film the world has ever seen,” Tridog added.
To Tridog and the team at Own the Doge, Kabosu is much more than just a dog whose slightly funny photo did the rounds on the internet. To them, she’s an artistic icon and a form of high art.
“Doge is a cultural icon of the internet and was named ‘Meme of the Decade’ by KnowYourMeme, the go-to source for meme history,” Tridog said. “In all of human history, especially on the Internet, rarely do memes last decades. That’s why we see memes as art and Doge as the Mona Lisa of the Internet.”
“She represents wholesomeness, fun, being authentic, and silliness being next to godliness. She brings people together to create magic,” Tridog added.
Kabosu came to the attention of the broader crypto community at the end of last year when she began suffering from the chronic symptoms of a pre-existing liver illness called lymphoma leukaemia. Her human parents took her to the vet and tweeted out a video asking for prayers and well-wishes during the time of Kabosu’s recovery.
Days later, the owner returned with positive news. “Kabosu is recovering well. She had her meal and even went for a walk today. Keep sending your love & prayers”, she tweeted.
At the time of writing, Dogecoin (DOGE) is trading for US$0.08 (AU$0.12), up nearly 3% for the week. Dogecoin has recently been enjoying some time in the spotlight after Twitter CEO Elon Musk briefly changed the iconic blue bird logo to a picture of the Doge meme following drama that arose from a US$258 billion (AU$ 387billion) lawsuit aimed at the eccentric billionaire for “illegally promoting” the cryptocurrency.