It was a massive hit in summer resorts, where recreational staff would lead vacationers of all ages to dance to the different movements, and became a feature in discos and night clubs. Because of the great following, a number of parodies also started to emerge. The song ends with a tractor running over the chick, which does not happen in the original Brazilian story; Morgana Giovannetti explained in an interview that since the authors could not find a proper conclusion to the loop, they simply decided to "dispose" of Pio in that way. Actually, after many parents groups protested, a sequel was made with the revenge of the chick.
Language corner: it is well known that animals "speak" different languages; these are not true onomatopoeias, but rather "phonetic symbolism". Similarly to "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", "Il pulcino Pio" uses sounds of a hen, a rooster, a turkey, a pigeon, a cat, a dog, a goat, a sheep, a cow and a bull.