With almost half a million hits on YouTube in just under a month online, a Burlingame parody of the popular “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” song is gaining notoriety.
“What Does the Kid Say?” is a humor video making fun of how whiny kids can be, said Deva Dalporto, the mom behind the parody, which was posted on Dec. 3. The video features her friend Jacquie Haggarty’s kids along with her own 4- and 7-year-old children. The Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis’ The Fox electronic dance video was posted on the video-sharing website in September and has more than 295 million views.
“Something about it has hit a cord with moms,” said Dalporto, a mom of two. “I’m getting billions of emails. This is the first time I’ve made one (a video) and am shocked at how crazy it went.”
Recorded in late November in the Dalporto family’s home, backyard and Ray Park, the video was Dalporto’s idea and includes lyrics such as “What does my kid say? Waa-waa-waa-waa-waa. What does my kid say? Yuck-yuck-yuck-yucky-yuck.”
She formerly worked as a parenting writer for Nickelodeon’s website for seven years and now writes for a site called WeAreTeachers. She also runs her own blog on the pains of parenting called My Life Suckers, which includes posts such as “The Elf on the Shelf is Stressing Me Out!” and “The Terrible Threes.”
“For moms, you never get a second to do anything,” Dalporto said. “At the end [of the video] I’m just begging to pee alone. That is the point that’s just resonating with others.”
Her husband, Gabe, helped make the video, walking her through the Apple programs iMovie and GarageBand. Gabe Dalporto, a former nuclear engineer, made sure the lip sync was perfect, too, and the editing process took about four days, she said. Gabe Dalporto runs a local office of LendingTree on Burlingame Avenue.
“We had so much fun working on it,” Deva Dalporto said. “We let them (the kids) do all kinds of things they normally are not allowed to do, like eating chips on couch and jumping on the bed.”
She said her kids love the “What Does the Fox Say?” song and loved dancing in their own music video.
“We let the kids just be themselves,” she said. “The choreography was by my daughter and her friend. They loved being allowed the break the rules for the day.”
More videos are to come, Deva Dalporto said, who noted it’s fun to touch a nerve with moms.
“Now I think we have the bug, so we’ll do more videos,” she said. “NickMom has asked me to pitch some stuff for them and I definitely want to do more. It’s so fun and the fact it went viral was completely unexpected.”
With all the talk of the struggles of parenting, Deva Dalporto says it’s all worth it for the positives that come out of raising children.
“The absolute, total, unconditional amazing love is the best part of parenting,” she said. “You love these children more than you knew you could love anything in the world, then they bite you and start screaming and you say ‘thank god I love them so much and they’re so cute.’”
She said she also enjoys the fun and silly moments with her children.
To read Deva Dalporto’s personal blog visit mylifesuckers.com. The video can be found at youtu.be/fZQl0QB-aHY.
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