“My Name is Potato”

“My Name is Potato” is an annoying 1977 novelty song by Italian singer Rita Pavone. The animation in the music video is its saving grace. Anybody know who’s responsible for it?

(Thanks, Celia)


  • Christopher Cook

    I listened to album rock in 1977, so I’m not familiar with “My Name Is Potato.” Animated potato was nice, though.

  • Elikrotupos

    It should be made by Guido Manuli for Bozzetto Film, who realized a lot of animations for old italian TV shows

  • Elikrotupos

    I’ve searched a little deeper: this and other videos are featured in a DVD compilation, “LE SIGLE TV DELLA BOZZETTO FILM
    REALIZZATE DA GUIDO MANULI”, produced in 2003 by Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, Milan ( http://www.cinetecamilano.it/LibriDvd/fr_libridvd.html ) but i suppose it is rare to find now.

  • Alfons Moline

    Right! It was done by Guido Manuli at the Bruno Bozzetto studio. In fact, there is even a DVD on sale in Italy containing a large selection of Manuli´s title sequences and music videos, including this “My Name is Potato”.

  • http://chrisallison.blogspot.com Chris Allison

    Awesome post, Amid! I really dig the inking style and the animation is super fun.

  • http://www.lippy.com Lippy

    Looks like a “Schoolhouse Rock” character went on vacation in Italy and met up with a swingin’-hipped temptress.

    Wonder if she frenched his fry?

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    That was grotesque, and not in a good way.

  • http://blog.ninapaley.com Nina Paley

    Bruno Bozzetto’s studio was also the source of the best animated feature ever: Allegro non Troppo.

  • gene schiller

    There’s a great Guido Manuli collection on laserdisc, and I’d agree “Allegro non Troppo” is probably the best animated film ever – but I could sure live without this. Except for Rita Pavone – she’s very cute.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Thanks for the info Elikrotupos. I’m very familiar with Manuli’s work and find him to be a extremely wild animator.

    I remember seeing this sometime ago and fell in love with that tune. Saw someone had a 45 up on eBay but I didn’t fetch it in time, and I just got crushed for that. If anyone has this song on 45, give me a ring! ^_^

  • http://ryuuseipro.deviantart.com/ John Paul Cassidy

    There’s just something about Rita Pavone in this video that reminds me of a young Goldie Hawn. :)

    Besides that, the song is strangely addictive, and the animation is quite surreal! The voice work for the American Potato is really good, too.

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com J.J. Sedelmaier

    The late, great, Tom Pomposello got Guido to do some work for Nickelodeon in the early 90′s too !

  • belgicusmaximus

    Didn’t find the tune that annoying ( but then I really like obscure Italian pop – check out Adriano Celetano -Prisencolinensinainciusol on Youtube ) , ace animation , and , as is often the case in Italy , cute singer

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marmaladearmy Doug

    I can’t get over her dancing – its so goofy and youthful and attractive. I’ll bet she just cringes at this now. I think the animation/live action integration is marvelous. She even looks like she’s looking at the little spud. There is just so much joy in this silly thing. In particular I like the modulation with her sitting on the plant growing up to the sky. Perfect. What a howl!

  • Chuck R.

    Wow, it’s not such a small world after all. Now I’m wondering what animators in Luxembourg were doing in 1977.

    This also goes to show that Dana Carvey’s “Choppin’ Broccoli” routine wasn’t such a stretch after all.

  • http://www.studiomanolibera.it Andrea

    Ciao from Italy, Yes!!! It is a GREAT animatoion by Guido Manuli!! A great artist and a great man!
    bye

  • http://www.directorscup.it Paolo

    Hi, I’m from Italy too and this video takes me back to when I was three… thank you! (I didn’t remember how bad this song is)

  • Bruce Deile

    I don’t think it’s annoying at all. It’s a very thought provoking video. And Rita Pavone is super cute singing it.

  • rosi

    hello! my name is Sara no potaeto! the song is beatifool

  • http://qqeqew jailene

    i love potatoes they rock