"The Fox" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
"The Fox" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Viral smash about animal noises is a fun, goofy, pop satire.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 19 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"Toot" is as dirty as the lyrics get.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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?" 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTeensOpinion17 April 8, 2014

What does the fox say?

Overall, this song is clean and fun for ages at least 4 and up. Personally, I find this song irritating but sorta gets me singing along aswell... great for kids... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 8, and 11-year-old Written byhomeofplay November 11, 2013

Question for you: What does the fox say?

My daughters love this song and dance/sing to it daily. It's a fun pop tune with nothing bad in it.
FINALLY something replaced the crude Gangnam Style.
W... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybscgirl October 2, 2013

The Fox

there is nothing wrong with this song its safe for all ages.
Teen, 17 years old Written byUse that are to... December 31, 2020

Weird but viral meme is awesome

I am totally pleased with 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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Ylvis
  • Release date: September 3, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Parlophone Music Norway
  • Genre: Dance/pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate