“What Does the FOX Say” has gone super-viral and now is considered among the viral pop culture elite of Gangnam Style, the Harlem Shake, and Call me Maybe. For the uninitiated, this catchy dance song was created by comedians and brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker as a way to promote the third season of their Norwegian comedy TV show, Tonight with YLVIS. According to Wikipedia, the video, “was posted on YouTube on September 3, 2013” and now has over 222 million views. The comedic brothers have found a lot of love here in the states appearing on the Today Show, Ellen and Jimmy Fallon had them on to perform the song live on his show. Now they have officially achieved mainstream status, Saturday Night Live recently parodied the catchy dance song into, “What does my girl say?”
In a new chapter of what happens when something goes viral, this Christmas look out for the picture book of “What does the fox say?” The book will be published by Simon & Schuster and in a release the president Jon Anderson said, “I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched Ylvis’s hilarious, mesmerizing, unforgettable ‘The Fox.’ The lyrics and playfulness of the song lend themselves perfectly to the picture book format, and I’m ecstatic that Simon & Schuster is publishing Bård and Vegard’s first book. Parents and kids are going to have an absolute blast reading What Does the Fox Say? out loud.”
Meanwhile, back on college campuses around the country, parodies of the viral “What does the fox say?” video sensations have turned up. So we picked out some of our favorites ranging from a wildly impressive Ohio University Marching Band routine to the folks at Bridgewater College who, according to the poster’s YouTube description, did it for extra credit in Dr. Miller’s in Measurements and Statistics class.
10 Great College & University Parodies of “What Does the Fox Say?”
1. Ohio University
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the incredibly talented performers took on “What does the fox say?” Ohio University Marching Band is known for their creative performances, from Michael Jackson’s “moonwalk” tribute to the spectacular Hollywood tribute with Superman soaring over a building to Harry Potter flying on a broomstick and to a walking T-Rex while constantly performing.
2. University of Miami
University of Miami students dance with their mascot, Sebastian. It’s his take on the song at the Hurricanes Football game called “What Does the Ibis Say?” It references other ACC school mascots, including the Terrapin (Maryland), Eagle (Boston College), and Bee (Georgia Tech, which is actually a Yellow Jacket), before answering the question posed in the song title.
3. Yale University
Yale Precision Marching Band Edition not only sound amazing but make it look fun with, “What does the glock say?”
4. Syracuse University
Syracuse University’s mascot, Otto the Orange, decided he had enough of the Fox, so he got a bunch of cheerleaders together to find out “What does the Orange say?”
5. Houghton College
One of our favorite parts of this “What does the fox say” parody is the sound an elephant makes…
6. Bates College
Big fans of the Bates College Crosstones, the a cappella singing group and the Bates Dance Company combined forces to ask the musical question “What does the bobcat say?”
7. Bridgewater College
We hope these creative students got their extra-credit from Dr. Miller in their Measurements and Statistics class.
8. Chapman University
The KAPi Epsilon Pledge Class dose a very clever job of spoofing “What does the fox say?”
9. University of Rochester
This time the Yellow Jackets show everyone how it’s done -they even have an album, “50 Shades of Yellow.”
10. Iowa State University
This time the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ambassadors shout “Go State!”