Explain the joke in Nyan Cat

In case you don’t know the meme the original version was a 3 1/2 minutes animated clip of a cute pixellated cat running. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4 I get the original joke, you’d have to be a glutton for punishment to watch all of it. The troll version is cute too although I think the ten hour length goes a little overboard. But whats the point of the speeded up versions?

What’s the original joke, for those of us not in the know? I just assumed it was a cuite graphic of a made-up creature, named for the Japanese word for “Meow”, and with picked-up music as a background. Is there a direct joke as well?

Honestly, I don’t think there is a joke. It’s just a thing. It’s a little weird, a little cute, and the video that gained viral status has minorly catchy music. I don’t believe there’s any more to it than that. I don’t even think it was meant to be a troll video at first, either.

This is what I thought as well. It’s one of those “wacky” internet things that took off for some reason.

What makes it hilarious:

There’s a “Mexican Nyan” that’s a taco instead of poptart
“Nein Cat” which is a Nazi flag with a cat that’s rocking a Hitler 'stache
“Russian Nyan” which, instead of a poptart they have a Russian doll.

All of these have corresponding music.

I get those

But what , if anything, is “the original joke”?

The original joke wasn’t a youtube video. It’s a flash game, where the point is to watch it for as long as you can stand it.
http://nyan.cat

There isn’t supposed to be anything to it, it’s just a colorful animation with energetic music that many people find sticking in their head well out of proportion to any significance it might have. Somebody made it as a minorly amusing throwaway gag and happened to hit on something that pings the online collective consciousness in an unexpected way.

See also, “Badger Badger Badger”, “All Your Base” and all the rest.