YouTube right now! “Flying People in New York City”

Unlike the teaser for Ferris Bueller, this is a real, extended trailer for the forthcoming film Chronicle.


Fruzsina Eördögh


Published Jan 30, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 10:07 pm CDT

In YouTube Right Now, the Daily Dot looks at videos that catch our eyes, push our buttons, and move our dials—and that you’ve just got to watch. Right now!

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Another advertising gimmick has managed to enchant the Internet. Unlike the Ferris Bueller teaser that happened to be for a car commercial, “Flying People in New York City” is for a real movie: Chonicle.  

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The 2:38 video features three remote controlled airplanes outfitted to look like people. They dive, swoop, and float about New York City’s skyline, specifically the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

The video could almost be footage of an art piece—if it weren’t for the dubstep undertones provided by the video’s soundtrack.

Uploaded on Monday morning, the video has already received considerable attention from Reddit and on YouTube. The view count is stuck at 301, which indicates traffic volume being too much for the site’s servers.

TechCrunch, one of the first to write about the video and debunk the art theory, struggled to understand how viewers would know this video was related to the movie Chronicle. Others on Reddit and YouTube were amused at the “trolling” aspect of the video—imagining scenarios of people viewing the planes, thinking they were real people, and crashing their cars or dropping their lunches.

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“Next day on fox news: superman is real! In fact, multiple superman’s were seen flying earlier today!” commented w1nter on Reddit.

“and then they were arrested on terrorism charges,” wrote skjoldfetter in the top comment on YouTube. 


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*First Published: Jan 30, 2012, 3:51 pm CST