"Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men is featured on Just Dance, Just Dance 3 (as a DLC), Just Dance: Greatest Hits, Just Dance Kids, The Smurfs Dance Party (under a different name), Just Dance Now, Just Dance Unlimited, and Just Dance 2018 (in Kids Mode).
In the Wii version of Just Dance 3 and later games, the song is covered by The Sunlight Shakers; in Just Dance Kids, the song is covered by The Just Dance Kids.
Appearance of the Dancer
The dancer is dressed up as a male dog. The dog costume is a dalmatian dog with a red shirt, black shoes, and red sunglasses. He also wears a bone necklace. The dancer's costume has light-yellow fur. Starting with Just Dance 3, his fur is white.
Not much is changed in the remake. However, his outlines are in higher definition.
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The dancer is the Smurfs' nemesis, Gargamel. He is wearing his trademark black robe, and furry red boots.
The background consists of a room with black floor that reflects the light blue wall, which has a blue line at the bottom that fades to black towards the sides, several clouds on the sides and semi-transparent bones that fly from one side to another horizontally.
Just Dance 3/Greatest Hits (Wii)
On the Wii version of Just Dance 3 and Greatest Hits, the room is much lighter, the clouds (some of which emerge from the floor) are more numerous and swing up and down, and the bones are tridimensional and fly in many directions. In the chorus, five teal blue dog pawprints light up whenever barking sounds can be heard; they disappear in the verses, where two other pawrints light up on the sides of the screen whenever "Hah, ho, yippie-yi-yo" is sung.
Just Dance 3/Greatest Hits (Xbox 360)
On the Xbox 360 version of Just Dance 3 and Greatest Hits, there are much more bones, which are now in shades of blue, in 2D and with a thin black outline; they get bigger whenever barking sounds can be heard, and some of then fly in front of the coach. The room now has a thick blue line at the bottom of the wall and in front of it (similar to the Just Dance version), which has a light blue music spectrogram in the chorus; besides, white pawprints fade in slowly in random places on the floor, and the clouds are much bigger and move to the right slowly.
The remake is based off the Wii version of Just Dance 3 and Greatest Hits. At the beginning, the screen fades in with a dog pawprint silhouette transition that goes from left to right. The room is darker and with a light blue circular gradient in the middle of the wall, the bones have a more tridimensional effect and the pawprints on the wall appear more quickly and are more luminous. At the end of the routine, the same fading transition from the beginning is used.
The routine takes place on a meadow with two angry dogs on each side that bark along with the dogs in the song (the left one is brown and the right one is orange), several pebbles, a huge pair of grey headphones that constantly shake and a yellow sky with bluish clouds. In the verses, the sky turns light blue and the headphones stop shaking.
The background is a snapshot of Gargamel’s laboratory. Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Gutsy Smurf, and Smurfette constantly pop out from various parts of Gargamel’s machine.
There are 3 Shake Moves in Just Dance:
Shake Move 1: Swing your arms up and then down.
Shake Moves 2 and 3: Quickly bring your right arm up and your left arm up consecutively. Shake Move 3 is done for a longer time.
Starting with Just Dance 3, there are 2 Gold Moves in this routine, both of which are the same:
Both Gold Moves: Bend your elbows and shake your arms fast.
Who Let The Dogs Out? appears in the following Mashups:
- Good Feeling
- Moves Like Jagger
- Super Bass
- Teacher (Costume Party)
- You’re the First, the Last, My Everything
Who Let the Dogs Out? appears in Puppet/Party Master Modes. Here are the captions attributed to his moves:
- Barking Mad
- Dog Call
- Dog Fight
- Dog Lock
- Funny Dog
- Kennel Party
- From Just Dance 3 onward, Who Let the Dogs Out? is covered by The Sunlight Shakers.
- However, on the Xbox 360 version of Just Dance 3, the song is not covered.
- In The Smurfs Dance Party, the title of the song is Who Let the Smurfs Out?.
- There is an avatar of the dancer available in Just Dance 2014. It is unlockable only in July.
- The avatar is also available on Just Dance 2015, but only if you have saved data from the previous games.
- The dancer’s head is visible in the mouth of the dog mask.
- In Just Dance, the coach’s costume was white, but it was changed into a yellow tone. Later remakes are based on this Beta element.
- Throughout every game the song is featured in, there are a few changes in the lyrics.
- In all the games, the first letter of some words are capitalized for an unknown reason.
- In every game after Just Dance, the lines "Infested mongrel", "It’s part of the Party", and "Oh doggy hold it" have an exclamation point at the end of the line.
- Before the remake, the first time "A doggy is nuttin’" is sung, the lyric appears as "Say/A doggy is nuttin'".
- In every game after Just Dance, the first time "Oh doggy hold ya’ bone" is sung, there is no space between the words "ya’" and "bone", making the line read "Oh doggy hold ya'bone".
- In a few lyrics for Who Let the Dogs Out in Just Dance 3 and Just Dance: Greatest Hits, there is a full stop at the end of the lines, making them read "Who let the dogs out.". This only happens during the second, third, and fourth times in which the lyrics are sung. In the other times when it is sung, it says “Who let the dogs out” without the full stop.
- This only happens on the Wii version of both games.
- Before the remake, a few lyrics read "I tell the fellas"/"Start the name callin’". In the remake, this line is written as "Until the fellas"/"Start the name callin’".
- The Just Dance version has a lyric that reads "Walkin’ Through the place that/Digi-Man is breakin’ it down?" Before the remake, the question mark is gone, and there is no space between "breakin’" and "it", making the lyric read as "Walkin’ Through the place/That Digi-Man is breakin’ it down". In the remake, the word "That" is gone, so the lyric reads "Walkin’ Through the place/Digi-Man is breakin’ it down".
- The short gameplay for this routine was the first Just Dance gameplay video to be uploaded on the American Just Dance YouTube channel.
- This is the second coach with yellow skin in the series, after Hot N Cold.
- In the remake, the Gold Move pictogram is reversed.
- At the beginning of the routine in Just Dance 3 and Just Dance: Greatest Hits, some quiet barking noises and a police siren can be heard.
Just Dance Kids
The Smurfs Dance Party
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