You might cry the tiniest bit at this one

Pull at our heart strings WHY DON’T YOU Buenos Aires ZOO!

Sarah J., I won’t tell anyone [handing over a hanky].



  1. That was very sweet!

  2. Rachel Hutchison says:

    pretty awesome


  4. Ohhh!! This was so anerableeeee.
    I snifflecried a little ;;

  5. Karen in Toronto says:

    Oh My Fking God! I was gonna say Gaia and continent movement about 3 seconds in. Then I thought about global warming (which has happened a lot in the past) except I was wrong. No one to high-five with.

  6. JediPirate says:

    awww… That was so sad! =( *sniffs*

  7. Awwwwww….that was so cute.

    @Karen in Toronto: when the ice started to crack I thought the video was about global warming as well.

  8. Awww that made me cry! How sweet.

  9. Golden or NTKTOK says:

    Oh my GAWD. That was awful sad.

  10. Awwwwwwww! I thought it was about global warming as well. It also reminded me of the song “Monkey and Bear” by Joanna Newsom, which if you have like 12 minutes to spare and are really tolerant to squeaky voices, is a really cool song.

  11. Ohhhhh! sniff-sniff…Not fair!

  12. Totalee Puppy says:

    Awwww…enjoyed the friendship…looks like continent movement…need the extra-absorbable tissues with so-soothing lotion…HONK!!

  13. Karen, Julie,

    Yeah, that’s what I thought as well. And then I was confused: tectonic shift = bad; “reuniting” them back in a zoo = good? Baroo?

    /not a nuff post

  14. omg, tears. I haven’t had a cry for ages. Must be my pms *sniff*

  15. 😦 Put perfectly.

  16. I thought it was about global warming too.. I was ganna say… who brought a monkey to the north pole lol

  17. Space Cowgirl says:

    The person who thought this up was, quite simply, a genius. Whether or not the science checks out, it’s really clever.

  18. when does the bear eat the monkey?

  19. Aw 😦
    That was so sad…*wipes eyes*

    I thought it was about global warming too…

  20. I’m desperately trying to hold back the sobs. Must maintain air of cool detachment at work. (Shuddery breath.) I think I’ll be ok…eventually.

  21. Ouch! Ouch! MY EARS!

    OK, so I’m not a fan of children’s voices, but YIKES! Couldn’t they at least find one who could sing in tune?? Ruined it for me. (Well, that and the thought of how the polar bear would gulp that monkey down in one bite, given the chance.)

  22. VentureSister says:

    @ Juno: Hecks yes! I was wondering if anyone was going to mention that. I turned the sound off at the first high note. Absolutely LOATH that song. It just feels manipulative in the laziest way. Ugh.
    Still: very cute, very sad.

  23. Aspen's cookies says:

    *sniff* THATS THE SADDEST THING IVE EVER SEEN!! *bawling ensues*

  24. @Juno and VentureSister: I think it’s Fivel’s little sister singing. I’m not sure if I’m spelling his name right– you know, the Polish mouse?

  25. The song is from An American Tail; it’s the actual children actors’ voices from the movie. It’s cuter when you see the accompanying visuals. Having said that, yes, it makes me wince as well.

  26. Sebastian Redl says:

    Well, the song is from “An American Tail”, where it’s sung by Feivel and his sister, and Feivel singing off-key is fully intentional and, in the movie, quite fitting.

    As a song for something unrelated, it’s ear-grating.

    But … a monkey and a polar bear wouldn’t get along. Oh no, they wouldn’t. Also, polar bears never lived at the equator. Their ancestors may have (though I’ll venture a guess and say they didn’t), but they definitely weren’t white.

  27. darkshines says:

    I’m a big toughy: tattoos, piercings, pet lizards and tickets to Slipknot, yet this song made a tear roll down my cheek. Monkey/bear love=adorable.

  28. warrior rabbit says:

    It’s the polar bear from Lost. 🙂

    And “monkey/bear love” sounds like a category on a gay dating site to me.

  29. turbofloof says:

    I love the comment on the YouTube website:



  30. Cute or Sad?

    That was kind of 😦

  31. fish eye no miko says:

    I like the voices, myself…
    But, man…. so sad… )-: Damn you, plate tectonics!

  32. momof2kitties says:

    Put me in the apparent minority that loved the song. An American Tail was a great movie in it’s day. And very appropriate for this commershe. \o/

  33. darkshines says:

    Lol, monkey/bear love was not meant to sound dirty, but now I am reading back my own comment on snorting, tee hee!

  34. *sniffle* Perfect.

    I heart monkeys, polary bears, and Fievel Mousekewitz! (BTW, he’s a Russian mouse…not Polish.)

  35. johnnyjohnny says:

    Someone’s gotta say it and it might as well be me that gets beaten up.

    The Environmental/philosophical underpinnings of these images are about 30 to 40 years behind the times. Shame on the zoo for making such a basic mistake as to suggest that seeing these animals [back] together again is the least bit desirable let alone realistic of the true lives and struggles of Earth’s animal populations.

    Okay, I will leave now.

  36. I think it’s the little 3 year old girl from America’s Got Talent singing. UGH.

  37. dementiainellipses says:

    darkshines sounds like my dream guy…a guy sensitive enough to be wistful at a sweet video AND is tatted up = num! I support monkey/bear love–get love wherever you can find it!

  38. I think that the zoo is saying “come and see the loverly animals from all the continents together at our beautiful, state-of-the-art zoo.” I doubt they are signaling a return to Pangaea–otherwise, fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    I thought it was very cute, and I’m a fan of Feivel, so it was all good in my book \o/

  39. cool artwork.

    very clever.

    they got me- i’m all misty.

  40. darkshines says:

    Sorry, I am a very sweet girl unfortunately. I’m not fussy though….. 😉

  41. Darn, Fish Eye beat me! I was just about to curse plate tectonics. GMTA.

  42. binky-mama says:

    Very sweet! I thought the little girl singing was cute, but then again I am tone deaf.

  43. Juniper Jupiter says:

    Naaah…didn’t cry.

    I would’ve if they had used “KAITLYN ASHLEY MAYUH!” as she introduced herself on America’s Got Talent…

    To be honest I HATE Somewhere Out There…but when THIS li’l four-year-old sang it, in all her innocence and cuteness, I was bawlin’ like a baby at the end!

    Dunno if anybody else heard her, but hear she is:

  44. berthaservant says:

    This is a GREAT ad, even with the Disney (and by the way that is an awesome karaoke duet song). Nice to see pen-and-ink animation, too. And something beautiful that some creationists would dismiss as blasphemy.


  46. ah, childhood memories. i remember my very first “big girl undies” were silky Fievel and Tanya ones!

  47. Gail (the first one) says:

    This song is only second to “Baby Mine” from Dumbo as a tearjerker for me!!!

    I liked the concept of Pangaea—I thought it was a cool advertisement.

  48. soo sweet! *sniff*

  49. Erm …

    When the continents broke apart and shifted, neither polar bears nor monkeys existed.

    It’s cute animation, but it can’t break through my SCIENTIFIC FOOLISHNESS barrier.

  50. Agreed Gail (the first one)! I’ve tried to block that song from my memory. :\

  51. saw this one on tv, proud to say im from buenos aires =)

  52. Wait, were they eating Amarula fruit in the video?

    *it’s all making sense now….* 😛

  53. Dang, Darkshines beat me to the punch (though my punch was only going to be “uh, do we know DS is a guy?”).

    It was cute and sad, but a zoo using fake science for a commercial seems a little counter intuitive, especially since I think education is generally part of their mission.

  54. That’s so well done!! Fantastic slogan there.

    But I did have to mute the music… If they have an “Ingles” version, I wonder if they have one in Frawnch?

  55. I have never nuff’d before and maybee this is nuffing – but somone said saddest thing ever and somone else said bad voices in vid made me think of

    Annie Lennox at live 8. angel voice-made a grown ass man cry. I lurve the animals but I lurve felow peeps too. End of nuff may I be forgiven.

  56. Jewelz_4_U says:

    Awwww!!! that was totally heartbreaking!!!

  57. That’s a pretty high minded concept for a zoo advertisement. Not to disparage my peoples, but I think your average American would say “Huh?”.

  58. I think Pangaea predates even dinosaurs, let alone monkeys and polar bears.

  59. Totalee Puppy says:

    You may be expecting
    “Little Puppy Sunshine” to say that he liked the song…Yeppers, I liked the song!
    By the way, don’t polar bears swim?

  60. dementiainellipses says:

    ::now wiping eyes for reason other than bear/monkey cartoon::

  61. Agree, terrible, grating voice, but had to loop the Pangaea part: look at that mofo Greenland go!!! Woot!!
    I think we should strap ‘intelligent design-ers’ into Clockwork Orange chairs and make ’em watch this over — and over– and over–

  62. Clever…

  63. Sweet? Seriously? Zoos are terrible.

  64. faunablues says:

    Gotta agree w/Special K and johnnyjohnny… cute animation, but used inappropriately =/ Reminds me of when I saw the penguins at the San Diego zoo years ago… sadness far outweighs the cuteness =(

  65. Daphne Moss says:

    No comparison to “Baby Mine,” which is a guaranteed tear-jerker no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
    OK…was cute. But I also thought it was about global warming, and actually that is really sad.
    But cartoon was cute. Zoos?
    Not so much.

  66. omg so sad yet so funny! i cant handle it!

  67. Ha yeah cute but seriously laughable that they suggest that zoos are harkening back to some idyllic natural state

    whatta they take us for anyway?
    talk about a 10.5 on the lame-ter scale
    a feedback loop blowing out all the lame-plifiers
    a michael phelps in the lame-ympics
    seriously, frack zoos.

  68. johnnyjohnny says:

    Kara writes: “a zoo using fake science for a commercial seems a little counter intuitive, especially since I think education is generally part of their mission.”


  69. Whew! thank goodness for the cynics amongst you, I thought I was going to be the only one. I cringed at the first boken note and ruthed at the sickly sentimental bathos of the animation. Totally manipulative but it don’t work on me. Now where’s my sick back collection, I new it would come I handy

  70. Hmm, whats a boken note, perhaps from Hoboken (Sp)?

  71. This is so ironic. Zoos = places where animals are kept in cages instead of being free, and this video is supposed to make this right… worse: this video tries to make this a good thing thanks to a fiction-but-ha-it’s-so-cute-it-works-better-than-anything-real-about-how-animals-are-awfully-sad-in-zoos. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

  72. Mmh, I agree with Special K – to bring a polar bear and a monkey together means taking them out of their natural habitat, meaning that the monkey would freeze to death and the polar bear would probably die from heat stroke. Ridiculous notion, that.

    Plus I really can´t stand little brats singing, it sends my teeth on edge. :O

  73. Pandamonium says:

    I dunno why but that made my eyes teary ‘nd stuff w/out me realizing it…

    Please help our Ozone Layer recuperate because within 50 years, if we maintain a good environment the OZone Layer will be back to normal. Please Help save Polar Bears too…They are dying of hunger because glaciers are melting and glaciers serve as their hunting ground. They are also killed by humans because they invade civilizations, desperate for food. *sniff* Please 😥

  74. milquetoast says:

    Would it be this cute in Portugese?

  75. omg. that’s heartbreaking!

  76. Gail (the first one) says:

    You know, I understand the objections to Zoos. Of course, it’s unnatural.

    But I just wonder how many people would really give a damn about the climate and its effect on some of the animals if they hadn’t seen them in a Zoo?

    How many photographers, anthropologists, marine biologists, et al were first inspired by trips to Zoos?

    Since I haven’t as yet traveled to the Antarctic, Africa, the Australian Outback or darkest Fergus Falls, Minnesota—-how would I know anything about the wonderful animals in the world if not for Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos (not to mention the Shedd Aquarium) here in Chicagoland???

    I just think that Zoos, Aquariums, Sanctuaries and the like provide a valuable education in widening our world-view.

  77. i couldn’t concentrate because of the god awful singing

  78. Cute and clever ad, even if scientifically unsound, but didn’t make me cry. Now Katelynn’s AGT video, that made me weep like anything! I did feel sorry for baby brother at the end, when mommy jumped up and down while smothering him.

  79. Okay, so there was a little moment of WTF when I saw a monkey and polar bear together. But there was a deeper, more meaningful WTF?! when suddenly the earth ripped apart. How could you separate monkey and polar bear?! I wanted to scream. Can’t you see they love each other?!

    It is probably for the best that I don’t watch soap operas.

  80. Oh, zoo-nuffers: politically correct doesn’t mean being factually correct.

    Animals in *good* (note emphasis) zoos with plenty of room, food and mates live three times longer than they do in the wild, and don’t die of parasites, famine, predation or being eaten by their step-dad as is ‘natural’.

    I LOVE zoos, taking pix of the beauties and learning about them in spaces where a lot of time, money and effort are spent to keep them, if I may anthropomorphise, ‘happy’.

    Life, the universe and CO would be much poorer without ’em.

  81. OMG it took five times to finally see all of it (Stupid YouTube!) but I saw it… I didn’t think I would shed any tears, till the ice cracked…

  82. Yitzysmommie says:

    Prosh! Now I wanna go to the zoo. But today, I’m seeck, and will soon retire to my bed with my Yitzy who is even better than a zoo animal and more cuddly.

  83. doomchild says:

    *wipes a few tears* Bah… humbug! *sniff*

  84. Guess I’m not in a weepy mood (for a change). I liked the song & the video…. what I thought was – how clever. Great marketing!

  85. I thought this was going to be about global warming too, and that was where I got misty, but the “see them back together” slogan is awful because monkeys and polar bears aren’t MEANT to be together! If there’s enough ice for polar bears, they won’t have to survive only in zoos! Mood kill, I know.

  86. Ummm…in real life, wouldn’t the polar bear make lunch out of the monkey? Still, very cute. And, as an adoptee, that song used to make mush outta me.

  87. LesbianNeoCon says:

    That sucked!!! Now, I’m all depressed.

  88. uh, maybe I cry a lot.

  89. Thanks for making me cry!!!!

  90. Years ago, when my ex made the final, *once & for all* decision to leave his wife, (they’d had several separations through the years of their marriage) his then 7 yr old daughter used to sit at her bedroom window and sing that song to the moon. She was and is every bit a Daddy’s girl.

    Broke my heart then. Breaks my heart now. *hugs*

  91. [0:45] – NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    What a beautifully drawn ad. Really really well executed.

  92. Brilliant! Really cool concept, but I think it’s a little weird that the continental shift is portrayed as bad and putting them together in a zoo is good. They should make it into one about global warming awareness – that ice-cracking scene was poignant and beautiful.

  93. Yeah, but you didn’t see the other one, with the snake being carried around by an elephant. There was metal playing in that ad, and the pair would storm human villages, ruining the huts and eating their babies.

    At the end of the ad, they go to high-five, and the elephant gets mad because he thinks the snake left him hanging. That’s why they don’t get along anymore, see.

  94. JuliaJellicoe says:

    Truth, schmooth. I was bawling.

  95. Selphie le Boffin says:

    OMG I can’t stand all you people saying the science isn’t correct! It’s blatantly not supposed to be! It’s a joke people! It’s supposed to be funny/cute/sad! Any idiot would know that polar bears and monkeys never lived together, the zoo isn’t suggesting that. I am a scientist, and I’m always annoyed by bad science in movies/television, but this is so far off it’s not supposed to accurate. If they really believed this they would have the monkeys in with the polar bears in the zoo. Somehow I don’t think so.

  96. I agree with the above rant, but in less… um… ranty… tones. I didn’t look at the science, only the cute/sadness and smile/cried.

  97. spacebunny says:


  98. It looks like the Polar Bear ended up in Atlantis.

  99. Doubtful science? Yes.
    Certain it matters? No.
    Cried? OMG YES.
    Felt love for monkeys, polar bears, earth in general and thus put a bit more love in the world? Yup.

    Oh, and darkshine? Irresistible combo to me, regardless of gender. 😉

  100. selphie – couldnt be bothered to object myself, but thanks for stating the obvious.