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O Pato

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Mar 15, 2006 | 3:58 PM EST

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Thanks to all those who enjoyed it!

Anyway, first thing I must say is, I'm not Brazilian - I'm Puerto Rican. The story behind my decision to base this off of João Gilberto's song, besides his music being so cool, goes like this:

Long ago, in a fast food joint in Puerto Rico, a lovely young woman I had recently met started singing a song apparently out of nowhere. The song was "O Pato" by João Gilberto which was playing from the restaurant's speakers (but not audible to me). Eventually, it sort of became our song.

This is the music video I always told my friend I could imagine while listening to the song. It is not a literal representation, so if you do not understand portuguese (neither do I), it doesn't matter. It was a birthday present for someone who, despite the everlasting distance & time, has remained one of my dearest friends (she appears at the end).

For those curious about the lyrics, here's a translation (special thanks to my friend Nina for the translation):

The duck came singing very happy, quack quack
When the smily goose asked
If she could enter the samba,
the samba, the samba
The goose (another type, it's a third character in the story) liked the couple
and also said, quack, quack
Looked at the swan and told him: "come, come"
As the quartet would be well,
very good, very well
On the side of the lake, they went to practice
To start the " tico tico no fuba" (it's just an expression that literally means to put the fingers in the cake, but is used primarily as a sexual activity, secondarily as the doing of something wrong. Also note that the expression "afundar o ganso" or to drown the goose means to have sex) The duck's voice was really awful
The scene with the goose was a mess
But I liked the end when they fell in the water
While practicing their quack quack quack

And finally, here's a link to a Wikipedia profile on João Gilberto:



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Hehe, I have to agree with beerquat.

It was indeed, very, very cute. I loved the part where the little bird shakes his little tailfeather, I thought that was adoreable.

Beerquat and I must've had the same little experience, because I was just clicking on the top left of the homepage (recent uploads) and I just-so-happened upon this little gem. It definitely deserves the front page, and it pretty much deserves a nice spot on the Top Rated list.


P.S. I added it to my favorites ^.^


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

muy bien espanol

como se lleama o pato


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Tremenda animación.

Buenísima. Yo usualmente le doy una buena califiación a las animaciones latinas para ser solidario, pero la tuya simplemente se la merce. Esto es precioso. Me encantó la forma en que se ven las nubes y el cielo.

Te felicito, tienens talento. Le doy 5 y se queda corto.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

legal XD

o estilo do desenho ficou muito bom, eu também gostei da música =P.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very cute, congrats on front page!

I remember rating this flash when you first submitted it. Of course I gave it a 5 then and put it right on my favorites. It just really is a cute flash. I've shown all my friends since then, and I just wanted to say congratulations on making FrontPage. It was thoroughly deserved.