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August 21, 2013 3:41 PM   Subscribe

Avez-vous déjà vu... ...une girafe avec un collier? (...a giraffe with a necklace?); ...des moutons qui organisent un pique-nique? (...sheep who're organising a picnic?); ...une poule très très riche? (...a very, very rich chicken?); ...la fée fagot qui a oublié ses lunettes? (...the wood fairy who forgot her glasses?)

This is a series of very short French cartoons, ranging from very silly [...un monstre avec plein de bras qui fait une blague a une monstre avec plein de z'yeux? (...a monster with lots of arms, who plays a trick on a monster with lots of eyes?)] to unexpectedly dark [...un nouveau venu au pays des Toupoutous? (...a new arrival in the land of the Toutoupous?)]. I've picked a few of my favourites, but click around! French speakers will have the edge in enjoying these but, because they're so short, simply understanding the title is enough to enjoy a lot of them.
posted by metaBugs (34 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite

 
Those are great. I loved the sheep organizing the picnic!
posted by yoink at 4:07 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ahhhh Zuuuuuuuut!
posted by Windopaene at 4:12 PM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


I loved the sheep organizing the picnic!

Certainly a funny way to learn they have the same idiom in France.
posted by George_Spiggott at 4:12 PM on August 21, 2013


I would have used stronger language than "ah, zut."
posted by GuyZero at 4:15 PM on August 21, 2013


The sheep organising the picnic made me laugh till I cried. I should have seen that coming but I didn't.
posted by aclevername at 4:22 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I should have seen that coming but I didn't.

Yeah, that's exactly what made it so great. It's the perfect "of course that's the joke!" but you don't see it coming (at least, I didn't).
posted by yoink at 4:25 PM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Parce que je suis UN COCHON!
posted by moonmilk at 4:31 PM on August 21, 2013 [6 favorites]


une monstre avec plein de z'yeux

hein?
posted by junco at 4:54 PM on August 21, 2013


Parce que je suis UN COCHON!

Un cochon comme ça, vous ne voulez pas manger tout à la fois.
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:00 PM on August 21, 2013 [7 favorites]


Parce que je suis UN COCHON!

Un cochon comme ça, vous ne voulez pas manger tout à la fois.


"May I urge you, sir, to consider my liver?"
posted by Going To Maine at 5:04 PM on August 21, 2013


hein?

French pronunciation hates hiatus (a vowel ending one word and beginning the next), hence they make a liaison with the "z" sound.
posted by yoink at 5:05 PM on August 21, 2013


Wow, even cute little blue cartoon characters can be xenophobic bastards.
posted by nat at 5:14 PM on August 21, 2013


(Also it took me about 10 minutes to figure out the sheep one. They're going through all of their friends, why are they tired?)
posted by nat at 5:14 PM on August 21, 2013


French pronunciation hates hiatus (a vowel ending one word and beginning the next), hence they make a liaison with the "z" sound.

I've never seen it written before, though, with an initial z'. A google search shows that it sometimes is. Here's an interesting entry I found about it on a blog that looks really great.
posted by junco at 5:19 PM on August 21, 2013


> to unexpectedly dark [...un nouveau venu au pays des Toupoutous? (...a new arrival in the land of the Toutoupous?)].

I'm trying to imagine that being shown on an American kiddie show and failing miserably.

Great stuff, thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 5:33 PM on August 21, 2013


Très amusant - merci bien metaBestioles.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:49 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Un crime passionnel au pays du Toupoutous

I don't even speak French and I can't get enough of them.
posted by Countess Elena at 6:24 PM on August 21, 2013


Des Ballerines de Traîneau. Winner, forever.

(and requires no French!)
posted by ubernostrum at 6:45 PM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


I have a friend that does a little thing about how French makes everything sound lovely. She uses the French phrase "my shoes are on fire" as an example. Don't remember the French version.
posted by Samizdata at 7:16 PM on August 21, 2013


"Mes chaussures sont en feu, mais...qu'importe..." (shrugs, takes a drag off cigarette)
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:29 PM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Avez vous déjà vu - une torture d'oeuf ?


I would kill for a translation, but the visuals and tone by themselves are Absolutely. Hilarious.
posted by BlueHorse at 7:35 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Avez-vous déjà vu ? - Un oeuf serial killer

More eggs. No translation needed.


Avez vous déjà vu..? Une chip de guerre?

The perfect ending.

Avez-Vous Déjà Vu ? Momies, la Comédie Musicale

I think this ran on Broadway...


Avez-vous-deja-vu? Du papier toilette invité chez...

Always embarrassing the first time you invite the boyfriend home to meet the parents.
posted by BlueHorse at 8:18 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Have you ever seen -

Almost two hours of these things in one video?

Now you have!

(Actually, I like them better as single bites. Also I want to say "Maintenant, oui" after every sentence in conversation from now on.)
posted by moonmilk at 9:01 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can only get them to play sporadically, which is tragic.
posted by jrochest at 9:12 PM on August 21, 2013


I take it back - watching the all-in-one video is great because you get the repeated jokes building up in the right order.
posted by moonmilk at 9:17 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Very reminiscent of the Minuscule series ...
posted by woodblock100 at 10:41 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, if the Blue Fairy brought to life a log with an axe in it, then the log's brought-to-life form already had the cut in it. Unless the axe were driven in further, it shouldn't be feeling pain.

SALUT JE SUIS SUR METAFILTER ET JE NE PEUX PLUS PENSER Á UN PLAT DE HARICOTS
posted by JHarris at 2:04 AM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Des Ballerines de Traîneau. Winner, forever.

Wow. I hadn't seen that one before; I think it might be the best thing that has ever happened, anywhere.
posted by metaBugs at 5:44 AM on August 22, 2013


Des Ballerines de Traîneau. Winner, forever.

I just watched that and shrieked so loud the cats fled the room. So... happy....
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 10:57 AM on August 22, 2013


Parce que je suis un COCHOOON!

I must have watched NufNuf à l'école des charcutiers a hundred times with my daughters...
posted by CitoyenK at 11:14 AM on August 22, 2013


junco / yoink: "de z'yeux" is a playful kid's way of pronouncing "d'yeux", which is how it should be pronounced.

Some background: this was produced by "Chez Wam" ("Chez moi" in verlan, "At Home") which is Alain Chabat's production house. Alain Chabat was 25 percent of "Les Nuls" (The Losers, The Nobodies, The Less-than-nothing, The Zeroes, etc.) a TV comedy quartet very popular in the 80's, heavily inspired by SNL and BBC's "Red Dwarf" amongst other English speaking shows.

He is now a reputed film comedian and director.

He also reads the titles in "Avez-vous déjà vu?".
posted by surrendering monkey at 12:56 PM on August 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


A friend shared some of these with me a while back, but I only saw a few, like une evasion de raviolis. This post is like finding a treasure trove!

Thanks for sharing these!
posted by wiskunde at 1:41 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


J'aime la giraffe!
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:32 PM on August 22, 2013


I like "Des jumeaux qui veulent devenir siamois?" - the twins who want to become Siamese.
posted by rongorongo at 12:48 PM on August 28, 2013


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