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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 5 / 5 stars

Mandou muito bem

Gráficos perfeitos, parabéns.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Really, that rocked around. I'm brazilian, and that was a very good animation. It got good with that music.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Still meaningful years later

Your story compliments the flash so well and who cares if you can't understand the lyrics if the music has such meaning to you. I hope your friendship stays strong and, if we are lucky, spawns more great flash videos for us to watch.


Rated 5 / 5 stars




Rated 5 / 5 stars

So Cute!!! ^^

I Loved it, the best short flash I have ever seen. From this submission, I have brought to versions of the song. I absolutely love it!! You have a unique style, and it is a beautiful one to. All the art is amazing and suits the music peferfectly. But I wasn't sure about the drawing of the girl, it art of it didn't suit what the rest of the animation was, it was poorerly drawin compared to everything else. But other than that, Brilliant! Please make more!

The Good:
1. Completely unique style, and a truly great one at that
2. Excellent music, so relaxing and happy and optimistic
3. Amazing art work, most very well drawn

The Bad:
1. Not long enough :(
2. The drawing of the girl didn't suit the style
3. The Preloader was a bit dull

So cute! I Love it! More like these need to be made! 10/10 no question.

Have a Nice Day :)