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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.
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    • 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.
  • Black Bead Eyes: All the characters have black dots for eyes, making them look quite cute.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Mr. Frank the lion is Flavio's best friend, and he's not very bright.
  • 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.
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  • Gadgeteer Genius: Flavio is adept at making all kinds of inventions.
  • 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: Flavio can pull out his inventions from behind his back.
  • Italians Talk with Hands: Flavio being Italian and all. Let's just say he moves his hands a lot.
  • King of Beasts: Inverted. Mr. Frank the lion is not a leader at all. He's a lowly chef who is heavily dependent on others, especially Flavio, because he's not very smart.
  • Mean Boss: Bossman is grumpy most of the time, refuses to give Flavio the key to the restaurant even though Flavio can't get in to do his job without it, and he threatens to fire Flavio for not cleaning the dirty dishes. Subverted when he finally warms up to Flavio at the end and gives him the key.
  • 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 has an exaggerated Italian accent, is described as 'hyper-emotional' according to the creators.
  • Tears of Joy: Flavio is so overjoyed when Bossman finally trusts him that he bursts into tears.
  • World of Funny Animals: All of the characters are anthropomorphic animals.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: After Flavio's first conversation with Bossman, Flavio walks back in to offer Bossman a breath mint, which Bossman accepts, clearly embarrassed.

Alternative Title(s): Flavio