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Flavio the Goat (simply titled as "Flavio") is an American animated short film created by Mike Milo. It was first screened on March 15th 2007 and was part of the Random! Cartoons show which aired on Jan 24th 2009 on Nicktoons Network. Like most of the shorts therein this one wasn't picked up to become a series.

It tells the story about an over-emotional Italian goat who works as a dishwasher in a pizzeria and longs to be a famous inventor like his hero Leonardo da Vinci.

The full video is posted on YouTube uploaded by Mike himself. Oh and here's the production blog (archived) to find out more about Flavio, his inventions, etc. The aforementioned link to his website also contain information.

This short provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: We have Flavio, which is an official Italian name. His two other friends are called Mr. Frank and Bossman—apparent nicknames.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Applies to the incidental characters only while the main (or most of the seen) characters still pretty much have colors of their natural species.
  • All There in the Manual: In the blogs to be exact. You'll see that Flavio is mentioned to be 18 years-old and that he has made over 3000 inventions throughout since he started at the age of 7.
    • There's a possibility that his last name is "Milano" after seeing this entry about his great great grandpa.
  • Animal Stereotype: Bossman being a pig is fat and gets tired after running a short distance.
    • There's also Mr. Frank who is described to be laid-back. Almost true because real (male) lions are usually seen sleeping, if not wandering about.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Leonardo da Vinci in here is interpreted as a dog.
  • Black Bead Eyes: The characters are all drawn like this
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Mr. Frank the lion.
  • Catchphrase: Flavio has a few:
    • His "Good/Bad Guy List" lines.
    • "Ho yes!"
    • For you, Mr. Frank? "Genius..."
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Flavio is given the key to the restaurant, and thus, he earns Bossman's trust after his pasta-on-a-stick from earlier comes in handy with catering the Mayor's fundraiser.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The characters with fingers have only four.
  • Funny Animal: Flavio, who is an anthropomorphic Italian goat inventor. Other characters follow suit with their own quirks.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Guess who.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Flavio speaks like this.
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  • Gross-Up Close-Up: A bird's vomit on Mr. Frank's head.
    Flavio: Love from above, huh?
  • Homemade Inventions: Flavio's inventions tend to be mundane objects modified for a specific purpose like the "plunger saw," for instance.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: He can get his inventions from out of his back.
  • Insufferable Genius: To Bossman especially if one of his inventions are causing some sort of damage.
    Bossman: Did you invent your way in again?! (gestures to the door with a hole on it)
  • Italians Talk with Hands: Flavio being Italian and all. Let's just say he moves his hands a lot.
  • Mean Boss: Bossman. Not that much, though.
  • Meaningful Name: Bossman is Flavio's boss.
  • No Fourth Wall: Flavio tends to narrate what he's doing or thinking while looking at the audience.
  • Rambunctious Italian: Flavio, who is described as 'hyper-emotional' according to Word of God
  • The Smart Guy: Flavio, if smart-Alec counts.
  • Tears of Joy: Flavio, when Bossman finally trusts him.
  • World of Funny Animals: All of the characters are animals.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: A not-so-subtle one with Flavio offering it to his boss, prompting him to say, "awkward moment!".

Alternative Title(s): Flavio


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