Dog Makes Omelette for Tired Owner, Touches Chinese Netizens

Dog makes omelette for tired/depressed owner in animated short film by Madeine Sharafian.

Dog makes omelette for tired/depressed owner in animated short film by Madeine Sharafian.

From Sina Weibo:

@微博搞笑排行榜: This must be the most loving GIF I’ve ever seen. It’s very long, but it’s worth watching!

Animated gif of a dog making omelette for tired/depressed owner in animated short film by Madeine Sharafian.

Note: This animated gif is from a video made in 2013 April…

A copy on YouTube:

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Was there anyone like me who watched through half of it only to have their screen go dark and then tapped the screen…and it started over from the beginning!!!!!!


It’s a lie. I just put my dog and the eggs I just bought together, and now… Hehe, original poster, come out and explain yourself. [拜拜]


Doggies always give what they consider to be the best things to those they love. You are free to not like it [the thing given], but you mustn’t fail to understand [why it was given].


If there really were dogs like this, then we wouldn’t need to find wives.


He gives you the best he has, and maybe it’s not what you want, but it is what he most treasures!


This is an American animated short, called “Omelette“. It has even won awards. Everyone should check it out.


After watching for awhile, my mobile phone [screen] went dark. When I tapped it, it suddenly disappeared… and I no longer had the courage to watch it again, but am hoping for someone to tell me the ending. [悲伤]


I finally understand why some guys say it’s sometimes better to get a dog than to get a girlfriend. [拜拜]


This is [a dog]? It’s frankly a human!


This is the longest gif I’ve ever seen.

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  • Brk

    As a Chinese, i would like to say that maybe the better translate for the sentense”come out and explain yourself. ” is 【come out, i need to talk to you 】.&

    • Kai

      That’s fine as a literal translation, but the preceding remarks suggest there is a tone of wanting the original poster to explain why his dog doesn’t cook him an omelette.

      • vincent_t

        No, i believe what the comment poster means is that, he believed in the video and hence given his dog some eggs, ended up his dog made a mess out of it. So he is inviting the poster to meet to teach him a lesson for posting misleading video. Of cause, that comment poster has been trying to be funny.

        • Kai

          I can see that. I would say Fauna interpreted the inflection more aggressively and something like “come out, I need to talk to you” would be a less aggressive inflection.

  • Brk

    Ah! I made a mistake , it should be 【translation】, not translate…

  • ClausRasmussen

    >> Was there anyone like me who watched through half of it only to have their screen go dark

    Me, lol

    • The use of GIFs has gone overboard on Chinese social media. And it’s always long compressed video, none of the emotional reaction/macros that fit within a 500kb limit.

      • ClausRasmussen

        Now I think about it, I rarely see animated gifs on the (western) internet. Maybe because of self-selection because I am a _reader_ and absolutely detest everything that flashes and moves

        I see a lot of almost as annoying advice animals though

        • It’s not about being animated or not, but being able to selectively edit the most important 2 seconds to make a GIF with emotional impact.

          I think Chinese don’t care enough to abuse their bandwidth in the process.

  • AbC

    Genuinely surprised at the wide support from the Chinese netizens for an animation originating from the U.S.

    • Kai

      Why? I don’t recall any general prejudice by Chinese netizens against animation from the US.

      • AbC

        I am not saying there’s a prejudice by Chinese against US animations. I am implying that I wouldn’t have thought an animation from the US would have gained such popularity to be discussed and upvoted so many times on Weibo. You must admit it hasn’t happened often in the past.
        Most of the animations gaining popularity on Weibo in the past has either been Chinese or Korean origin (and some from Japan), mostly from Asian origin.

        • jin

          Reason is simple, they don’t watch a lot of western animation (it simply is less popular than Korean and Japanese ones.) Reason this got popular is because it won a reward and people get to know it.

        • Guang Xiang

          Information Age, Baby!

        • Kai

          Actually, a lot of stuff on Weibo are things that spread from the US, which illustrates both the globalizing force of the internet as well as the power and influence of American pop culture (and internet culture). Funny stuff tends to spread quite well. Cute animal stuff too. So, I’m not sure I’d say it “hasn’t happened oten in the past”, with regards to stuff coming from the US.

          I don’t have an impression about animations on Weibo specifically (and their countries of origin) but I do want to point out that this is seen more as someone’s creation than some sort of “US” animation. The creator just happened to be some CalArts student in the US. The animation doesn’t involve any language so it’s easily understood by anyone around the world.

          • AbC

            Think that’s probably it (the fact that the story has no captions and is easily understood without the need for translation). And you’re right about the cute animal stuff too, it’s probably even more prevalent in China than the US.

      • RickyBeijing

        Remember when the Chinese freaked out over Kung Fu panda?

        • donscarletti

          I remember some angry white guy with a sign and a serious Marco Polo complex getting freaked out by it, not many Chinese.

          Mostly Chinese tend to consider western usage of any positive or neutral aspect of China as proof that China has the best culture and westerners deep down are all thinking it. In the same way they consider any Korean or Japanese usage of any aspect of China as proof that those countries have no culture but what they have learned from China. There is nothing that Chinese like more than feeling culturally superior and they will pay their 40 yuan happily to feel it.

        • Kai

          The vast majority of “the Chinese” loved Kung Fu Panda, making it a huge domestic box office success. There was an extremely small minority, especially in the domestic film industry, that resented its success out of jealously and insecurity, and made idiotic nationalistic arguments against it that only resonated with those of like-mind. They were largely ignored by mainstream Chinese, or told to shut up, reflect, and learn how to get better at their craft.

  • A good dog is truly Man’s best friend, always there for its Master.

  • the yulin version would’ve added the dog into the omelette

  • Obviously this is not a Pekingese…..

    This is what mine looks like generally 24/7.

  • Surfeit

    Extra salt. That’s nasty.