Youtube Typical American kids spend their formative years learning about the world through animals. From classroom pets to best friends found in books and on the Disney Channel — The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, Little Bear, Clifford, Bear in the Big Blue House... I can keep going — children spend a good amount of time in the company of these wild beings. However, the Norwegian band Ylvis has taken this innocent curiosity in animals and turned it into a creepily compelling music video (below).
Ylvis, a band composed of two brothers, has had little luck becoming music super stars in their native Norway and have decided to try and break into the American music market. Unfortunately, they felt this video was the way to do it. "The Fox," a video showcasing adults dressed up as animals, was uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 3 and has already received 250,000 views. Seriously, America?
Not only do adults dress as animals, meowing and mooing to their heart's content, the band actually wrote a song about the noise a fox makes — and they spend the majority of the video spewing random sounds as they try to guess. While making these noises, Ylvis and its group of misfit animal-humans run into a forest lit by neon strobe lights. If you didn't already feel like you were on a bad Acid trip, this will get you there. A grandfather-like old man then enters the frame and starts to sings out the words of a childrens' book, as if we weren't disturbed enough. By the end of this freaky journey into the scariest woods ever, a real fox appears and sings to the camera… summing up one of the most bizarre music videos of all time.
While many people left comments on the YouTube video expressing their confusion, others seemed to like the song, one viewer even commenting, "Best. Song. Ever. Of all time." Whether loved, hated, or confounded, "The Fox" has gone viral and entered the lives of unsuspecting YouTube viewers everywhere — and now we can't stop watching.
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Guillermo Del Toro is exactly what the horror world needs.
Breaking into the world of filmmaking in the early '90s with a mix of Mexican and Hollywood horror movies (Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone), Del Toro has become a coveted director for all things weird and fantastical. He was originally set to helm The Hobbit, but when the films were on the verge of collapsing (which, thankfully, they didn't), Del Toro took on the 2013 robots-versus-monsters battle movie Pacific Rim. No matter how wild the concept, the director's imagination never seems to run dry.
In fact, it's overflowing. While developing his own projects, Del Toro has taken the role of producer to help bring to life a slew of original horror movies with budding first-time directors at the helm. His latest, Mama, was inspired by a short film by Andres Muschietti, who Del Toro recruited to direct the feature version — and based on the first trailer, it looks creepier than any of the countless remakes the genre has been flooded with in the past few years.
The film stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as the parents of two adopted, possibly feral little girls. After being discovered in an abandoned cabin, on their own in the wilderness for nearly five years, the girls are taken in and handed over to Chastain and Coster-Waldau's characters. They aren't normal: running around like psychos, eating each other's hair, and talking to the walls, calling for "Mama." Who or what is "Mama?" That's where things get scary and the gravitas of Del Toro really starts to be noticeable.
Check out the spot below. Mama is currently slated for January 18, 2013.
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Earlier today, we all learned of the sad news that Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain had passed away at the age of 88 -- but it wasn't without strong sentiments from an editor who worked closely with Berenstain.
David Linker, Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books as well as editor of the beloved Berenstain Bears series, tells Hollywood.com: "Jan was one of the sweetest, most generous people you could ever meet. If you were in her house, you were family. She told the best stories and always had a kind word to say. People say that she was Mama Bear, and she really was. It was impossible to not be charmed by her."
"With her husband Stan, Jan created one of the longest running, best-selling children's book series ever," says Linker. "The Berenstain Bears have brought smiles to millions of readers around the world for more than 50 years. The world is a sadder place without her charm and grace and wonderful sense of humor."
HarperCollins, publisher of the Berenstain series, was able to shed further light on the life and passing of Berenstain:
"Writer and illustrator Jan Berenstain passed away on February 24, 2012 in Solebury, Pennsylvania, following a stroke. She was 88 years old.
With her husband, Stan, Jan created the Berenstain Bears series, which has charmed and delighted children and parents for 50 years. With more than 300 books in print and over 250 million copies sold, the Berenstain Bears series is arguably the best-selling children’s book series of all-time. The books have spawned television shows, a children’s musical, dolls, toys, amusement park rides, ebooks and apps, and even a video game.
In 2012, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Berenstain Bears series, HarperCollins Children’s Books will release 19 new titles, including new chapter book ebooks.
It all started back in 1941, when Stan Berenstain met Janice Grant while both were attending the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts. They married in 1946, when Stan returned home from his service in World War II. They started a family of their own soon after. Their eldest son, Leo, was born in 1948 and Mike came along in 1951. Since both boys were huge fans of Dr. Seuss, Stan and Jan decided to try their hand at creating a picture book themselves. From this inspiration came The Big Honey Hunt, which Dr. Seuss himself edited and helped publish in 1962. Since then, the Bear family—Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister—has grown to include baby Honey along with countless pets, friends, and adventures. But one thing has always remained the same: The stories they’ve told have always touched on universal themes and made children smile.
Jan is survived by her two sons and four grandchildren. Jan’s sons, Mike and Leo Berenstain, will continue the legacy by creating new stories and new books."
Jan Berenstain, co-creator (along with her late husband, Stan) of the Berenstain Bears series of children's books, passed away on Friday, one day after suffering a severe stroke. She was 88.
The Berenstains' first such book, The Big Honey Hunt, was published in 1962. Over 300 more Berenstain titles have been published since then -- all inspired by the same thing: the real-life Berenstain family.
The aforementioned Stan Berenstain died in 2005 at the age of 82, at which point their son Mike began collaborating with Jan.
Mike Berenstain issued the following statement to The Associated Press regarding his mother's death: "Every day she was very productive. She was working on two books and had been doing illustrations until the day before she passed away."
She died in her native Pennsylvania on Friday (24Feb12) after suffering a stroke.
The novelist is perhaps best known for teaming up with her husband Stan to create the beloved kids book franchise the Berenstain Bears in 1962.
The couple went on to release more than 300 stories with the help of iconic illustrator and then-Random House book editor Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.
The Berenstain Bears books have been translated into 23 different languages.
Stan Berenstain passed away in 2005, aged 82.
Last night's episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska was significantly better than the first episode for a variety of reasons, even though it gained neither plot nor purpose. The first reason was because we watched Sarah and Todd drop of their youngest son Trig, who has Down's Syndrome, off with Sarah's parents before they went on their "family" trip. They blatantly ousted him from the excursion, and it's impossible to argue that they left him because he was just a baby and the diapers and strollers and pacifiers wouldn't have had a place to go in the RV, because Bristol brought her son, Tripp, along. Sarah clearly favors Tripp over Trig, and even though the next few episodes of the show will have Sarah trying to deal with her son's special needs, it was shocking to watch her exclude her own son from a family outing and continue to declare its importance after she'd left him behind.
The second reason it was worth watching was because Sarah and Bristol bonded over "stunning" halibuts and gutting them. Apparently, once you catch a halibut, you have to knock it with a bat in between the eyes so it stops flapping around and bruising its own meat, OR before it flaps around and really hurts someone with its tail fin that's as thick as a Berenstain Bears book. When they were learning to gut the fish, Sarah excised one halbut's heart and held it in the palm of her hand while it continued to beat. The internet doesn't think Sarah holding a heart in her hand (that's still beating even though it's separated from its body) is a big deal, and it's a shame that literary symbolism studies have taken such a turn for the worst.
The bonding continued when Bristol, Sarah and Todd went skeet shooting, and Bristol told her mom to take her prom hair and get out of her face. We also learned the very shooting range they went to was the very same shooting range where Sarah had one of her five baby showers.
And then, we saw Sarah just not liking heights, being cocky, and complaining how she didn't know how to keep her feet under her body.
All in all, a gigantic improvement over last week's episode. Maybe next week we'll learn why Willow Palin's throwing around the gay slurs, yeah?