On November 17th, 2012, Imgur user karmafrappuccino posted a reaction GIF of the Pulp Fiction character Vincent Vega (played by John Travolta) looking around a room while being spoken to over an intercom by the character Mia Wallace (shown below).
On November 6th, Imgur user ILikeToWonkaMyWilly uploaded a Confused Travolta GIF in a supermarket toy aisle (shown below). Within ten days, the post gained over 2.8 million views, 12,600 points and 370 comments.
The following day, ILikeToWonkaMyWilly posted a tutorial for making Confused Travolta GIFs using Sony Vegas Pro software and provided a GIF of Travolta in front of a green background (shown below).
Also on November 7th, Imgur user danoone submitted a GIF titled "MRW no one tells me the class is canceled," in which the Travolta GIF is edited into a photograph of an empty classroom (shown below). In the first nine days, the GIF received upwards of 870,000 views and 10,500 points.
On November 8th, the /r/ConfusedTravolta subreddit was launched for notable examples from the GIF series. The following day, YouTuber Burt Rutherford uploaded a video titled "Return of the Confused Travolta," featuring the Confused Travolta animation and a clip from the Shia LaBeouf motivational video edited into a scene from the 1983 science fiction film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (shown below).
On November 10th, Imgur published a blog post about the animated GIF series, featuring several notable examples uploaded to the image-sharing site. In the coming days, the news sites The Daily Star and Brilio posted articles about the Confused Travlota GIFs.