What Does The Fox Say?
– – There are few things that I both love and hate at the same time, and a video by two Norwegian brothers of the comedy group Ylvis named What Does The Fox Say is one of them. The video begins with a gathering of fursuited people at a home, and many different species are represented; there is a rather good dalmatian, an elephant, and some birds, among others. Although these scenes are thought to be a reference to the furry fandom, the brothers denied even knowing about furries when this footage was made. You then have a few awful moments when you think that you are viewing a video intended for a preschool audience; animals are introduced by the sounds that they make, e.g., “A cat goes meow,” etc. After several such painful introductions, however, the question is raised, “What does a fox say?,” and we are off to the races, or rather, the forest…
…the forest is wonderful, a tree-bordered area shrouded in the night and rich ground fog; I could party there all night! We are shown the brothers, wearing mediocre fursuits with facial fox paint. Then there are the dancers ringing the brothers, fox-like but not attired as such, more like the Blues Brothers with white shirts and dark ties…they do, however, have some awesome moves! I didn’t know a pelvis could move like that. .. anyhow, as the brothers launch into their vocals, we hear as part of the lyrics sounds supposedly representative of those that foxes make, with the camera occasionally cutting to a grandfatherly-type reading a storybook to a child and making those same sounds. It then becomes a matter of interpretation as to whether you think that the sounds made are intended as a parody of the excesses of electronic house music, or are actually intended as imitative of the variety of sounds that foxes make. We do make over forty sounds for different purposes, including warning alerts and, ahem, calls to lure a mate…(blushes)
The later stage of the video that I love becomes mystical and spacey, with the vocals continuing to refer to the language of foxes as an ancient mystery. The performing fox-clad brothers are surrounded by spikes of blue laser light, and arise into the air to be suspended there comfortably. Is there an alien connection? – – I’ll never tell! The final stage of the video shows a breath-taking CGI fox who enters at the periphery of the scene then takes center stage, arising to stand on his hind legs and singing scat in a beautiful baritone/bass voice, with subtle supportive choreography! This jazz-oriented fox is alone worth viewing the video for, and could easily become a break-out star.- – I’d buy his albums, this dude has some major pipes!
You’ll either love it or hate it, but whether for the comedic elements, the furry overtones, or the electronic music, What Does The Fox Say is worth a look and a listen, and can accessed on YouTube. Just don’t ask me about the ancient mystery thing, please. These are secrets entrusted to only a few, and I’m bound not to tell…wink, wink! http://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE