‘What Does the Fox Say’ Video Attempts to Decode the Sound of a Fox

The comedians dance around in fox costumes to get in the zone, for starters

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Ever wonder what sound a fox makes?

In a nearly four-minute music video, brothers Bård Ylvisåker and Vegard Ylvisåker — who make up Ylvis, a variety show group from Bergen, Norway — start searching for an answer by rehearsing the sounds of birds, dogs, frogs, elephants, fish, seals, etc. Dressed as furries, they begin looking for the “secret of the fox” in an enchanted forest amid laser lights and backup dancers. Things escalate when an animated fox appears, rises to his feet and speaks — oddly enough, sounding nothing like what you might expect. In fact, the two comedians seem closer to reality in their screechy interpretation, but here’s audio of a real red fox for comparison.

Ylvis made the video to promote the season premiere of their forthcoming talk show on TVNorge.

(h/t Gawker)

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JonesBryanJones
JonesBryanJones

@TIME This is most certainly the best song about fox communication ever made. The video is just icing on a very rich and complex cake.