Credit: Mashable composite / L-R TikTok users joynwoods, mattzonis, and olivesongs11

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and this week TikTok users have found it in an unexpected source – a groundhog. Not just any groundhog, but Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather prognosticator who emerges every winter to forecast if spring will arrive early or late.

Despite the average lifespan of groundhogs being around six years, Phil has been fulfilling his role for over a century. To preserve the mystique, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club claims to provide Phil with a “life-extending elixir.” Interestingly, the same courtesy is not extended to Phil’s wife, Phyllis.

The dynamics of Phil and Phyllis’s relationship under the weight of immortality are explored in an original song by TikTok user @olivesongs11, sung from Phil’s perspective.

The song delves into Phil’s struggles with eternal life, expressing a desire to relinquish the fame and burdens that accompany it. He cautions Phyllis that celebrity status is more of a curse than a blessing, with poignant lyrics emphasizing the ephemeral nature of existence.

Shared on Feb. 3, the video has garnered over 4 million views and has been creatively responded to by numerous TikTok users adopting Phyllis’s viewpoint, weaving a narrative of fictional marital discord with each duet.

Many viewers have drawn parallels between these duets and “The Last Five Years,” a musical depicting the complexities of a relationship between a struggling actress and a successful writer whose diverging paths create tension. The storyline sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

In 2021, a collaborative TikTok musical based on the Pixar film “Ratatouille” raised over $1 million for charity after gaining popularity in 2020. While it remains to be seen if Phil and Phyllis will receive similar treatment, enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of creative interpretations of the concept.

The Phyllis perspectives

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Add some drums…

Plus a mayor and his urchin child

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And, finally, choose a Playbill

Topics TikTok

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Elizabeth de Luna
Culture Reporter

Elizabeth is a digital culture reporter covering the internet’s influence on self-expression, fashion, and fandom. Her work explores how technology shapes our identities, communities, and emotions. Prior to joining Mashable, Elizabeth spent six years in tech. Her articles can be found in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, TIME, and Teen Vogue. Follow her on Instagram here.


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