Ylvis Wants to Know "What does the Fox say?"
Norwegian Comedy Duo Ylvis go Viral with "The Fox"
Watch out Gangman style. Norwegian comedians, Ylvis set out to answer the burning question, "What sound does a Fox make?" as part of a 3 minute silly promotion for their television talk show on TVNorge, "I kveld med Ylvis."
According to brother Bard, the song was just supposed to entertain a few Norwegians. Instead, it caught fire on the Internet and went viral.
Their catchy dance song was uploaded September 3, 2013 and as of this writing, 5 days later, this ear-worm tune has already received over 10,000,000 views and climbing. Since our family's roots are Scandinavian, we'd love to see this fox song and dance go on to become the next Gangman style. It is definitely more creative than the Harlem Shake and will be inspiring parodies, renditions and costume trends.
Intrigued, I set out to discover more about these two brothers, Vegard and Bard Ylvis, who were virtual unknowns in the U.S. until a few days ago. Now these two are near overnight Internet sensations joining the ranks of Psy and Justin Bieber and other Youtube wonders. A week after uploading the video and this unlikely Internet sensation has already had over 16 million views. Two weeks later at they have had over 36 million views. The best news is that The Fox is now available for download in iTunes and Amazon in the U.S.
The word about The Fox got to Ellen and on September 20, Ylvis made their U.S. debut singing "The Fox" with Ellen. On October 9 they made their Late Night debut on Jimmy Fallon and also performed on the Today Show.
We are also going to explore the real answer to the question, "What does the Fox say?"
For those who love this new viral phenom, I've rounded up different Fox Say shirts that are available on Amazon and eBay and found a few on Zazzle that can be customized with your own Fox saying.
If you like the song and the dance help spread the word, so everyone will be singing, dancing and wondering, "What does the Fox say?"
Fox Say Graphic copyright 2013 by Kirsti A. Dyer
What the fox happened?— Ylvis
The Fox Song from Brothers Vegard and Bard
The latest viral video song and dance craze comes from an unlikely source, a brother comedy duo from the northern country of Norway, who set out out to answer the question, "What sound does a Fox make?"
The 3 minute promotion for their talk show, "I kveld med Ylvis" has all kinds of crazy elements with animal costumes, catchy tune, funny lyrics and choreography that makes you want to get up and dance.
They even added in subtitles so those who are unable to understand English with a Norwegian accent (or the sounds a fox makes) can figure out what they are saying.
Bard has been quoted as saying that the song was just "supposed to entertain a few Norwegians," but within 2 days of uploading it had already received 5 million hits.
Nearly a million views were recorded during the time I was writing this lens and another 4.5 million a day later.
The song has elements of Lady Gaga (with paws in the air) and jerky Thriller zombie moves combined with Star Wars light sabers. Parts with the mo-o-o-o-orse and ho-o-o-o-orse sound like the stuttering, staccato singing from Britney Spears and Katy Perry. The surreal video also has hints of the Alice in Wonderland videos with everyone dressed up in animal costumes. Part of the video is set in a dark forest, reminiscent of Once Upon a Time. They even have levitating (and dancing) foxes at the end.
I can't decide if it is cute or creepy. My daughters say that it is cute. It reminds me a bit of the Beatles, "I am a Walrus" song, which I always found a bit creepy.
See what you think and watch the video clip below.
Ylvis Brothers in The Fox Screen Shots from YouTube
The Fox MP3 on Amazon
Download The Fox from Amazon
Wa pa pa pa pa pa pow!
Watch The Fox Video
Ylvis - The Fox
Watch the latest viral song and dance craze from the comedy team Ylvis.
The Fox by Ylvis - Download from iTunes and Amazon
Download the Fox MP3
Fox Ears and Tail on Amazon
This elope cat set matches the color of Vegard's, the main fox head piece costume color.
Get your fox on with this ears and tail combination set.
Vote on the Sound You Think a Fox Makes
What is your favorite fox sound?
The Fox in the U.S.
Ylvis with Jimmy Fallon
Watch Ylvis on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night. Their performance (which includes host Jimmy Fallon in his own fox costume) is remarkably well-staged for a Late Night show.
More on Ylvis in the U.S.
- 120,000,000 Ylvis Fans Can't Be Wrong | SPIN | Profiles
The exceedingly strange world of the "What Does the Fox Say?" viral-video sensations, costarring nosy Norwegian journalists, Paris Hilton, and Kathie Lee Gifford.
- Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Ask 'What Does The Fox Say?' With Ylvis
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots danced around in fox costumes and sang the viral hit "The Fox" with Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo who inspired us all to ask what the fox says this summer.
- The Fox Says, "I Can Make You Famous" | NY Times
Studio 6A, the Rockefeller Plaza home of NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” was filled with artificial smoke and laser lights when Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker arrived.
- WATCH: Ylvis Brings "The Fox" to "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" | NBC Bay Area
Jimmy Fallon had some foxy performers on "Late Night" Wednesday night.
- Ylvis' 'The Fox' Makes Ring-a-Ding Late-Night TV Debut on 'Fallon' | SPIN | Newswire | TV
Norwegian chart-crashers bring viral video to life with impressively straight faces.
- "What Does the Fox Say?" Ylvis answer ultimate question on TODAY - TODAY.com
It's a question that's been running around in the brains of millions, and Friday on TODAY the Norwegian band Ylvis asked once again,...
Ylvis and the Fox with Ellen
Ellen flew the brothers to the U.S. for an interview on her show and then joined Ylvis in singing 'The Fox' during their debut of the song in the U.S. on September 20, 2013. If you just want to watch them singing watch the second video). Unfortunately they only sing part of the song.
What sound does the fox make?
(Bay da de bum bum bay dum)
Standing Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) adapted from Philippe Bouvier.
Used under an Openclipart license.
Look at the Making of The Fox
Go behind the scenes and see what it took to create the visual effects of the CGI fox for "The Fox" from Animaskin. The CGI fox sequence is in the second clip.
5 MILLION VIEWS IN TWO DAYS FOR A FOX
This song is made for a TV show and is supposed to entertain a few Norwegians for three minutes - and that's all.— BÃ¥rd YlvisÃ¥ker on THE FOX Song
Fox Hat on Amazon
Look like a fox with this cute fox animal hat.
One size fits most.
Spread the word about the fox, put on your suit and animal head, and turn this dance into the next Gangnam style.
Please, we beg you.
It's too good.— Sarah Barness, Huffington Post
Articles and Comments about Ylvis' "The Fox"
- Watch Ylvis' Head-Scratching Music Video for 'The Fox' | Mashable
Get out of the way, Gaga, because a Norwegian duo wants the title for the song of the fall, and it might be weird enough to work.
- 'What Does The Fox Say' Answers Age-Old Riddle, With Dance! | Huffington Post
Once upon a time in Norway, there lived a Scandinavian Old MacDonald who had a farm E-I-E-I-O. Actually those Norwegians were not farmers at all, but a comedy duo, Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, from the talk show "I kveld med YLVIS."
- The Guy Behind "The Fox"-The Summer's Funniest Music Video-Talks About Going Viral | Mother Jones
That's the music video for "The Fox," an infectious, wacky, and exuberantly funny new song by Norwegian entertainment duo Ylvis. It was posted to YouTube on Tuesday and is already a hit.
- Your next viral video: Ylvis' 'The Fox'
Move over, PSY. Your 15 minutes are done. The next viral music-video sensation looks like The Fox from Norwegian brother duo Ylvis.
- Is 'The Fox' the 'Gangnam Style' of 2013? - The Week
Norwegian duo Ylvis' extraordinarily strange animal-noises music video has all the makings of a viral hit
- Two Guys You've Never Heard Of Just Released the Song of the Summer
Sure, summer is almost over. And we've already had plenty of worthy pretenders to the "Song of the Summer" throne. But that just makes this unknown duo's accomplishment that much more impressive.
- Ylvis’ best music videos in English: “Stonehenge,” “Work It,” “Pressure,” “Jan Egeland,” and “Someon
We were among many millions of people who fell in love with Norwegian parody-pop duo Ylvis last week the moment we heard them ask, in slightly accented English, “What does the fox say?”
- Ylvis - The Fox | Know Your Meme
“The Fox” is a song by the Norwegian comedy music duo Ylvis which gained online notoriety following the release of its music video on YouTube in September of 2013.
- "The Fox" is the new "Gangnam Style," so watch it now and be ahead of the curve
It's probably a joke, but it's also from Norway, so you never know.
- What does the fox say? | Seth's Blog
The viral music video of the moment is right here. If your work goes viral, if it gets seen by tens of millions of people, sure you can profit from that. But most of the time, it won't. Most of the time, you'll aim to delight the masses and you'll fa
Ylvis' The Fox debuts on Billboard Hot 100 at number 29!— Billboard.com
The Fox Hits Billboard Hot 100
Within less than a week of being uploaded to YouTube The Fox debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 29.
- Ylvis' Viral Hit 'The Fox' Debuts On Hot 100 | Billboard
Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis' viral sensation "The Fox," which has taken the Internet by storm in recent days, debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, fueled almost exclusively by its online traction. It's the highest-bowing song on the tally this w
- Ylvis' 'The Fox' Is Billboard-Charting Hit
"The Fox" has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Yay!
So....What does the Fox say?
Fox Graphic Â© 2013 by Kirsti A. Dyer
Uncover the *Real* Sounds a Fox Makes
What types of sounds does a fox really make?
To answer this question, I looked to the scientist who are now giving the real answers to the thought-provoking question raised by Ylvis, "What types of sounds does a fox really make?"
According to the Live Science site, who interviewed Stephen Harris, a biologist at the University of Bristol, the Red fox makes as many as 20 different sounds, or calls.
Some of the sounds make by foxes include screams, adult barks (used as to contact other adults), cub barks (used to communicate between cubs and mother), whines, squeals (which can indicate excitement), growling, and the all important clicketing (used in mating season).
A screaming-howl is the sound most often heard during the breeding season. The scream is described by Dan Nosowitz for Popsci as "A shrill, hoarse scream of anguish, it sounds more than anything like a human baby undergoing some kind of physical torture." Although Devon Maloney from Wired seems to think that the scream of the grey fox is close to the "A-oo-oo-oo-ooo!" response from Ylvis.
The conclusion by Popsci it that the fox goes yow-wow-wow, ack-ack-ackawoo-ack, and of course the ever popular YAAGGAGHHGHHHHHHAHHHH!!!!!."
Listen to the video clips of fox sound below and decide for yourself.
Red Fox Cub by hallenberg. Royalty Free Use.
Fox Sounds, Screams and Calls on Video
Listen to what the fox really sounds like in these science-based videos from .
Articles on What the Fox Really Sounds Like
Huffington Post Comedy even put together clips of the actual fox speak and sounds to answer this burning end-of-the-summer question.
- Viral Video: What The Fox Actually Sounds Like | LiveScience
A silly song by a Norwegian duo about what foxes sound like has gone viral. But the song doesn't actually address what the sly animals sound like. This is what foxes actually sound like.
- What Does the Fox Say? The Viral Music Video Isn't Totally Wrong | Underwire | Wired.com
The audio answer to the question posed by the viral music hit by Ylvis: What sounds does a fox actually make?
- What Sound Does A Fox Really Make? | Popular Science
A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!
- What Does The Fox ACTUALLY Say: Ylvis Song Gets Real Fox Re-Mix (VIDEO)
A surreal video from Norweigian comedy duo Ylvis, "The Fox," has become the hottest (and strangest) end-of-summer-jam on the Internet, racking up over four million views in under three days.
What does the Fox Say? T-Shirts
Customize Your Own Fox Shirts on Zazzle
Customize Your Own Cute Fox Shirts on Zazzle
Little Fox Shirt by PetiteFrite CHECK PRICE
Cute Head-tilt Fox T-shirts by blackunicorn CHECK PRICE
Ylvis Fox Song Shirts on Amazon
Cute shirts addressing this pressing question.
More Fox Shirts to Customize on Zazzle
Add your own Text and Customize these Fox Shirts on Zazzle
Cute Baby Fox Shirt by cutencomfy CHECK PRICE
Curled Sleeping Fox T Shirts by kitsune_rei CHECK PRICE
What does the Fox Say? Shirt on eBay
Assorted colors of T-shirts asking this pressing question....
Red Fox T-Shirts on Zazzle
Customize your own Fox T-shirts
Red Fox Design T-Shirt by jamierushad CHECK PRICE
Fox T-Shirt by proart CHECK PRICE
What Does the Fox Say? on eBay
Another T-shirt option for The Fox. I think this version is one of my favorites.
Learn The Fox Dance Choreography
Learn The Fox Dance Moves - Videos
For those who want to learn the dance moves, there are already video tutorials and a few dance responses.
Brothers Vegard and BÃ¥rd YlvisÃ¥ker
Brothers Vegard and BÃ¥rd YlvisÃ¥ker
Who is Ylvis?
Ylvis is a Norwegian comedy duo. Ylvis are also brothers BÃ¥rd (older blonder hair) and Vegard YlvisÃ¥ker (younger darker hair). The two host a television talk show, "I kveld med Ylvis" which translates to Tonight with Ylvis. "I kveld med Ylvis" has been on the Norge TV since September 2011.
The Fox Video was created as part of a 3 minute promotion for the September 2013 premier of their television show, "I kveld med Ylvis."
Fun Facts about Ylvis
Blogger Anne Kiplinger shares some fun facts about Ylvis.
- Who is Ylvis? Fun facts to get to know them.
Until a couple hours ago, I had never heard of Ylvis. I endeavored to find out more about this unique duo.
"What do you want people to get from 'The Fox'?"
Nothing else than being amused, laughing and having a good time.— Vegard YlvisÃ¥ker
Interview with Vegard YlvisÃ¥ker about The Fox
Here what Vegard YlvisÃ¥ker has to say about the sudden attention that their Fox song has received. If you don't know which brother is which, Vegard is *not* the one pictured first in the fox costume or in the photo for "The Fox."
More about Ylvis and Their Television Show
Official homepage for Ylvis (brothers BÃ¥rd YlvisÃ¥ker and Vegard YlvisÃ¥ker)
- Ylvis | Wikipedia
Ylvis is a variety show from Bergen, Norway, consisting of the two comedian brothers BÃ¥rd YlvisÃ¥ker and Vegard YlvisÃ¥ker.
- I kveld med YLVIS | Tonight with Ylvis
Learn about Ylvis and their talk show, I kveld med YLVIS from TV Norge.
- I kveld med YLVIS | Facebiij
Den offisielle Facebook siden for "I kveld med YLVIS". Official home for Norwegian talkshow 'I kveld med YLVIS'
Music Downloads from Ylvis on Amazon
If you look up some of the other musical offerings from Ylvis be advised that some of their prior works are more for adult late night audiences, carrying an "PG-13" rating for language and sexual innuendo rather than fun songs for children.
The Fox is now available for download in the U.S. Make sure that you get the right one (the one linked below) because there are a lot of tribute versions out there.
The official Fox MP3.
An earlier "PG" rated song by Ylvis.
What sound do you think the fox makes?