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"The Fox" (CD Single)

Viral smash about animal noises is a fun, goofy, pop satire.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Norwegian funnymen show it's possible to make goofy, good-vibes dance satire without getting raunchy.

Positive role models

There's something sweet about grown men wearing animal costumes and doing choreography.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

"Toot" is as dirty as the lyrics get.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this "Gangnam Style"-esque viral video is silly, cute, and kid-friendly. Goofy men in animal suits dance, sing, make animal noises, and wonder, "What does the fox say?" 

What's the story?

\"THE FOX (WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?)\" is a song and a music video by Norwegian variety-show comedian duo Ylvis. The song went viral on YouTube, garnering tens of millions of views in its first weeks, and has catapulted the group to international fame. The song is a parody of pop-house music, featuring over-the-top performances of animal sounds before finally proposing possible noises a fox might make.

Is it any good?


This hilarious video includes a large man dressed as an elephant who "toots," dancers doing choreography similar to that in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, and a CGI fox scatting and beatboxing. What's not to like? The pop parody is pulled off flawlessly, combining the playfulness of a children's show with the wit of classic satire.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about YouTube hits. What do you think is the winning formula for viral-video success?

  • This satirical song mocks the conventions of house music. Why do you think humorous songs like this one continue to enter the mainstream and become hits?

Music details

Release date:September 3, 2013
Label:Parlophone Music Norway
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old October 6, 2013

Plain Annoying!

When i was playing Roblox, i heard this song. I quit the game and played something else.
Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2013

The Fox Rocks!

Nothing questionable about this song! Awesome, funny! The elephant goes "toot" is not meant to be in the bathroom way, because elephants are always said as going "toot" with their trunks! GREAT SONG! FUNNY!
Teen, 15 years old Written bybscgirl October 2, 2013

The Fox

there is nothing wrong with this song its safe for all ages.