The second Newmoji Friday of 2019 brings us 6 new bitmojis, plus one variant. Let’s see how they rate:
Let’s not delude ourselves: much of the Internet is a toxic stankhole of conspiracy-minded lunatics feeding off each other’s sad deprivations and wretched Russian spambots eroding the world’s democracies. But every once in a while you come across something truly wonderful online, or you realize your smart phone just saved the day for you in an unexpected way, and you feel a little of that modern emotion so eloquently expressed by this new bitmoji. It’s hard to know how to visually represent the Internet in cartoon form, but a smiling anthropomorphized globe wearing a sash, casual sneakers, and flashing you a thumbs up seems as good a representation as anything you’d find in a Google Image search. A fine addition to the bitmoji pantheon all-around.
Told You So
The art for this one could have gone a number of ways including emphasizing the sneering attitude that often accompanies people’s use of of the phrase, rendering it a harsh, unwelcome bit of schadenfreude at the receiver’s expense. But here the casual pose and look of mild indifference while filing one’s nails makes this a far milder, friendlier rebuke, and a welcome addition to the bitmoji canon.
It’s not that this is a bad bitmoji per se. The font is nice. The character pose and expression are fine. And I’m all for having several bitmojis for the more common phrases or emotions we humans like to convey in chat and other forms of online communication. It’s just that we already have ten active bitmojis to choose from for expressing thanks (not to mention similar notions like “Really appreciate!”), and TYVM for “thank you very much” doesn’t bring much new to the table, and it’s hard to imagine choosing it over it’s more worthy or fun predecessors.
I’ll Be There
It’s a similar issue for “I’ll be there” whose character expression and pose are nearly identical to one of the two “Be there soon!” bitmojis we already have. While there’s no denying that there’s a distinction in meaning between “Be there soon!” (having to do with punctuality) and “I’ll be there” (a promise to attend an upcoming event), yet it’s also the case that existing bitmojis such as “I’m in”, “I’m down”, and “Count me in” cover the same semantic ground.
Just as it makes sense to provide us with multiple ways to express something as basic as thanks, so also for the expression of strong approval combined with excitement, and this new bitmoji does an admirable if not stunning job of that with its one-raised-fist pose, big smile expression, a preponderance of shooting stars, and 3D font stylings.
Let’s Go To the Movies & Popcorn Face
There aren’t a whole lot of bitmojis that propose specific ground activities. There’s a couple of specific ones like “Let’s discuss” and “Let’s do lunch” that suggest talking and eating respectively, and then there’s “Let’s Taco Bout It” which seems to suggest both talking and eating. Others like “Let’s do this”, “Let’s get this bread”, and “Let’s weekend” are much less clear as to what it is that’s being proposed. For that reason alone, “Let’s go to the movies!” is a nice bitmoji to have around for a fairly specific situation, while the text-less variant is another addition to the category of bitmojis that put your face on an inanimate object and add stick figure arms and legs. Here the anthropomorphized box of movie theater popcorn is jumping into the air with such enthusiasm that one piece of its popcorn brain is falling out. For reasons that will likely forever be mysterious, however, the human/popcorn box hybrid is not given the fancy white gloves and polished black shoes that were given to the “Face on a slice of pizza bitmoji” from 2016.
NOTE: While the 10-rating, 5-rating, and 1-rating are actual official bitmojis, the rest of the ratings (0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9) are unofficial custom creations, so you don’t expect to find them in the Bitmoji app or The Bitmoji Museum Archives. Names applied to particular bitmojis are entirely unofficial and used only for convenience.