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"What Does The Fox Say?"
September 25, 2013 6:45 AM   Subscribe

Norwegian animators Twintrash have created the animated short "What Does The Fox Say," based on "The Fox" music video by Ylvis. [previously | via]

To answer the question, however, this is what the fox actually has to say. [cute, so very cute]
posted by quin (22 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Even though the supposed story behind the song was that the folks behind the song really were just wondering what a fox said, I imagine they came across something kids song video like this one and went from there.

WARNING: do not show that video to small children, as they will likely demand to see and hear it again and again and again ...
posted by filthy light thief at 6:56 AM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Coincidentally, my roommates and I were singing this song as I browsed over to MetaFilter and found this on top of the page.

Okay, maybe not so much of a coincidence. We pretty much are always singing that song.
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:56 AM on September 25, 2013


Nice find. Thanks for sharing.
posted by zzazazz at 6:59 AM on September 25, 2013


I was in my driveway on a recent evening, cleaning out my car, when I heard this horrible strangled bark behind me. I whipped my head around and saw a tiny little fox slip into the brush across the street from my house and listened to him continue to bark at me every 30 seconds or so for about 5 or 10 minutes. It was really a strange sound, sort of like the sound the fox is making in the video in this post crossed with a terrier's bark. Really unnerving. I didn't like to turn my back on it while I was working in my car, even though I knew it was coming from a juvenile little fox who was more scared of me than I was of him.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:14 AM on September 25, 2013


I took a bunch of friends to the Glow Festival on Saturday. I hadn't heard the song up until then, but was introduced to it on the drive up. And repeatedly throughout the evening, as various bits of the verses and chorus would bubble up from random members of the entourage spontaneously.

We'd toured the strange sculptures under the full moon for a couple of hours, seen a couple of bands, and were wondering whether it was time to take off our glowstick accoutrements and head back to the car when it began pouring rain. We headed back to catch the shuttle to the parking lot, taking advantage of what shelter we could along the way.

A father near us on the shuttle was trying to keep his bedraggled and bedazzled kid's spirits up. He got to 'cat goes meow' before we started joining in. Imagine, if you will, a dark mini-bus, standing room only, full of wet strangers bedecked in glowsticks and LEDs. About half of whom are singing this song.

And then we ended up at Denny's.
posted by MrVisible at 7:28 AM on September 25, 2013 [14 favorites]


If only the kids were home from school today! I need something to take their minds off the rats of NIMH, and watching Norwegians imitate forest creatures to a bouncy beat would be just the thing.
posted by mittens at 7:30 AM on September 25, 2013


My daughter has been playing this A LOT. I found some recordings of various real fox screams and barks and she begged me to stop playing them. The real sounds that foxes can make are pretty disturbing.
posted by idb at 7:32 AM on September 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


damn, I'd just gotten this earwig out of my head, and even hearing the name makes me start singing it to people and giggling.
posted by dejah420 at 7:52 AM on September 25, 2013


I found this Animalist News video useful and relevant. Partly for its examination of Vulpes vocalizations, but also for answering the question "can anyone be more annoying than Tosh.0?". Turns out yes, someone can, if they do a bad Jim Carrey impersonation while copying Tosh's script delivery technique.
posted by Nelson at 7:52 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


The real sounds that foxes can make are pretty disturbing.

You can say that again.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:01 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


As I have noted in the past, The Tibetan Sand Fox says he's not amused by any of this fox-based frivolity.
posted by The Bellman at 8:11 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


That really is the (late) summer song of this year. It still makes me smile, so I don't care if it's all silly.
posted by immlass at 8:47 AM on September 25, 2013


The song does raise some pretty good questions tho. And even when answered, there are just more questions. Okay, now we know what foxes are all about, but - what's Wolverine say?
posted by FatherDagon at 8:59 AM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


FatherDagon: "Okay, now we know what foxes are all about, but - what's Wolverine say? yt "

Snikt?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:03 AM on September 25, 2013


That would be, "snikt bub"
posted by straight at 10:55 AM on September 25, 2013


Not to be That Person Who Has to Relate Everything Back to That One Thing They're Into, but I kind of imagine this is what Kpop looks like to people who don't follow it.

Also, the fox says "yip", obviously. Ask any furry.
posted by subdee at 11:11 AM on September 25, 2013


The way the music video started - bunch of people in costumes - I was expecting this to go in a completely different direction (ie., scantily clad women in "fox" costumes).

Then ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding.

I like surreal moments in my day.
posted by nubs at 11:17 AM on September 25, 2013


WARNING: do not show that video to small children, as they will likely demand to see and hear it again and again and again ...

In the case of my workplace, "small children" includes persons up to 60 years of age.

It's a little disconcerting to hear a lieutenant colonel making those noises and a bunch of other people giggling like my seven-year-old.
posted by Etrigan at 12:10 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ask any furry.

I will not and you cannot make me.
posted by FatherDagon at 12:26 PM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


quin: "
To answer the question, however, this is what the fox actually has to say. [cute, so very cute]
"

WTF??? Did someone feed that fox a Moog?

That is NOT a natural sound. Mother Nature has some 'splainin' to do!

(Having now watched Romeo saying 'hi' from the followup videos, and Chuckles, I. Must. Own. One.) (Not really) (But in a perfect world) (Where he'd look like Gene Wilder)
posted by IAmBroom at 2:17 PM on September 25, 2013


subdee: "Also, the fox says "yip", obviously. Ask any furry."

Wellllll…. um… honestly most of what the foxes I know in the fandom say is kind of unprintable.
posted by egypturnash at 4:36 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


the "What does the fox say" musical hook has been bothering me as something I heard before, and I just realized... with one more syllable added to the beginning, it's this.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:36 PM on September 25, 2013 [8 favorites]


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