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Behind the scenes with the creators of 'Tiny Hamster's Tiny Thanksgiving'

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A screenshot from "Tiny Hamster's Tiny Thanksgiving," a YouTube video created by Joel Jensen and Joe Matsushima.

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Cooking a Thanksgiving meal for your friends and family can be pretty stressful. 

Now imagine the added hassle of making a tiny Thanksgiving feast — a tiny turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, two kinds of pie — for a bunch of tiny hamsters. (Or two tiny hamsters, a bunny and a rat, to be precise.)

That's what Joel Jensen and Joe Matsushima set out to do for a web video called  "Tiny Hamster's Tiny Thanksgiving":


Jensen and Matsushima are the co-founders of the Denizen Company,  an ad agency that creates shareable web content, and various tiny feasts for various tiny pets.

The Thanksgiving video is just the latest in their "tiny hamster" series on their YouTube channel HelloDenizen.

There's the original "Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos" (with more than 9 million views):


Then the popular "Tiny Hamster vs. Kobayashi" (with the real Takeru Kobayashi):

And now "Tiny Hamster's Tiny Thanksgiving," complete with tiny pilgrim hats, poker chip plates and a tiny cornucopia centerpiece for the table.

So where in the world did they get this idea in the first place? Jensen says it was the product of "spending a lot of time on the internet, watching a lot of incredibly stupid things... like little hamsters eating carrots or popcorn."

And while the final result is less than two minutes long, the entire process takes weeks. The actual shoot day, Matsushima says, took more than 12 hours.

There's also a food stylist and an animal trainer involved who make sure the food is safe and healthy for the animals to eat and that they'll actually want to eat it.

"The hamster needs to like it," Matsushima says, and "not just like it, but love it. Like want to stuff its mouth. Cause if it just thinks it's okay, it'll take a nibble and look around, it may not want to eat it. So that's what takes a lot of time."

If you're wondering what tiny feast they have planned next, Jensen and Matsushima are keeping that information secret for now.

But, Jensen will say, "it's gonna be a good one and it's gonna be the hardest one we've attempted so far."

Get your tiny plates ready.