Created By: Snicka on April 21, 2016 Last Edited By: Snicka on October 20, 2017
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Silly Animal Sound

Fictional animals making sounds nothing like their real life counterpart, in the name of Rule Of Funny

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See-and-Say: The pig goes "Wank"! The cow goes "Shazoo"!
Stewie: It most certainly does not!
See-and-Say: The rooster goes "Dickeridee"!
Stewie: Where? Where does the rooster say that?
See-and-Say: The monkey goes "Macack"!
Stewie: No, no, no! It does not!
See-and-Say: The elephant goes "Thwoamp"!
Stewie: Yeah, kinda.

In fiction, animals make a lot of sound. With some animals such as dogs, cats or cows, the sound is very familiar (and often represented as a Written Sound Effect). With some animals, their real sound is not very well-known, but there is a Stock Sound Effect that represents them in media (such as the characteristic screech of the Red-Tailed Hawk used for any sort of bird of prey, or chimpanzee chatter used for any kind of monkey). Occasionally an animal that is normally mute will be given some sound for threatening effect (for example, sharks letting out a growl as they open their jaws).

Sometimes though, the creators just throw any - real or perceived - realism and make up a sound for the animal in the name of Rule of Funny. Either they have no idea what sound the animal makes and just come up with something silly, or they intentionally give the animal a different sound that the audience expects for comedic effect as a form of Vocal Dissonance. Occasionally the animals will straight up Pokémon Speak, or let out the Signature Roar of a famous movie monster (as a literal Shout-Out). Another possible Shout-Out is the animal singing the theme tune of a famous work - such as a "Jaws" Attack Parody where the famous "dun-DUN'' music directly coming from the shark itself. Sometimes, the justification is that the animal is "speaking a foreign language".

Subtrope of Noisy Nature. Compare Animal Talk, when animals sounds like humans due to Translation Convention (which is usually not Played for Laughs).


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In the Water Seven arc of One Piece, Chimney's pet rabbit Gonbe meows because he thinks he 's a cat.

Film - Animated

Film Live Action
  • George of the Jungle: In the original Jay Ward cartoon series, the titular Idiot Hero has a pet elephant named Shep. The live-action film goes one step beyond and ups the silliness by making Shep run, bark and pant like a dog.
  • Ms. Velma's Most Incredibly Magnificent Christmas Week, an absolutely bizarre Christmas Special made in the 70's, shows the animals in Jesus's manger having the following conversation:
    Racoon: I'm the Racoon! Arf Arf!
    Cow: I'm a cow! Mooo
    Bull: I'm the Bull! Bleugh!

Jokes
  • A popular French joke says that ants "cro-ondent", which comes from an untranslatable Portmanteau Pun of the words fourmi ("ant") and micro-ondes ("microwave"). The best approximation in English would be "crowave", but then the joke would be Lost in Translation.

Literature
  • The children's book Duckcat is about a cat and a duck who pretend to be each other (the cat swims in the lily pond, the duck pretends to hate swimming, etc) and they also make each other's noises.

Live-Action Television
  • In this scene from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, two men play two cops, while two women provide the sound effects they make. At one point, one of them suggests they should make animal sounds to distract their opponents. One of them makes duck sounds - "quack quack". The other makes elephant sounds - also "quack quack".

Music
  • "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)" by Ylvis, the singer wonders what do foxes sound like. They come up with several humorous suggestions such as "Wap-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow" and "Hattee-hattee-hatte-ho".
  • According to Li'l Deuce Deuce's ditty Beep Beep I'm A Sheep, sheep go "beep beep." And further, cows go "meow meow." It's a subset of Refuge in Audacity in songwriting: As Long As It Rhymes.

Video Games

Western Animation


Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • April 21, 2016
    Eggy0
    Would this count? Western Animation
    • Hero 108: "Deer Castle" features deer and the Deer King who sound nothing like actual deer. As the matter of fact, the sounds they make are those of a horse.
  • April 21, 2016
    Snicka
  • April 21, 2016
    Eggy0
    I'm personally not entirely sure, actually. But given the fact the show is (according to The Other Wiki at least) in the Comedy and Action genres and deer sounding like horses while they battle doesn't sound particularly serious, I guess it maybe is.
  • April 21, 2016
    Snicka
    OK, I'll add the example.
  • April 21, 2016
    Waddle
    About the roadrunner:
    • In some countries of the world, like Italy and France, the character has even been renamed "Beep-Beep" or "Bip-Bip", making it sound like if it was a fake animal talking in Pokemon Speak since roadrunners are pretty obscure birds outside of the US.
  • April 21, 2016
    PhantomDusclops92
    • Invoked in an episode of Teen Titans Go: after every sound in the world disappears, the Titans find themself to recreate the sounds with their voices, bringing to stuff like dolphins saying "Booyah" in Cyborg's voice, Starfire's pet Silkie sounding like Starfire doing a Fat Albert impression and a giant monster meowing because Starfire had no fitting sound examples in her mind.
  • April 21, 2016
    GM_3826
    As a follow up to the Spongebob Squarepants example:
    • The same can be said of all snails. Meanwhiles, worms bark.
  • April 21, 2016
    DAN004
    • Plants Vs Zombies: In the Almanac, Cattail is shown to woof. She says that it's because she hates to be stereotyped. Nevermind that she's technically a Pla Nimal.
  • May 5, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump
  • October 9, 2017
    LB7979
    Super Trope to Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras, where all animals in jungles, even those set outside of Australia, sound like kookaburras—while in reality, kookaburras only live in Australia.
  • October 9, 2017
    WolfMattGrey
    Looks like this is the "Silly Animal Sound" draft I was thinking of in Animal Sound Confusion.
  • October 9, 2017
    Snicka
    ^^ Actually, no, that's just a combination of Stock Sound Effect, Noisy Nature and Misplaced Wildlife. To qualify as an example of this, they should explicitly show an animal, different from a kookaburra, making the kookaburra sound. I think there's a Daffy Duck cartoon where they do this - I will look up which one and add the example when I find it.

    EDIT: I found it, it's "Duck Amuck".
  • October 9, 2017
    Unicorndance
    There's a children's book called Duckcat about a cat and a duck who pretend to be each other (the cat swims in the lily pond, the duck pretends to hate swimming, etc) and they also make each other's noises.
  • October 9, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Film Live Action

    Music
    • According to Li'l Deuce Deuce's ditty Beep Beep Im A Sheep, sheep go "beep beep." And further, cows go "meow meow." It's a subset of Refuse In Audacity in songwriting: As Long As It Rhymes.
  • October 9, 2017
    TBTabby
    In the Water Seven arc of One Piece, Chimney's pet rabbit Gonbe meows because he thinks he 's a cat.
  • October 9, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    Live acrtion film

    • Ms. Velma's Most Incredibly Magnificent Christmas Week- an absolutely bizarre christmas special made in the 70's, has the animals in Jesus's manger-
      Racoon: I'm the Racoon! Arf Arf!
      Cow: I'm a cow! Mooo
      Bull: I'm the Bull! Bleugh!
  • October 11, 2017
    Snicka
    Is the trope name good? Or should it be called something that indicates the comical nature of the trope better, like Silly Animal Sound or Ridiculous Animal Sound?
  • October 18, 2017
    Snicka
    Finally, this has enough hats. I think I'll launch this as Silly Animal Sound rather than Unconventional Animal Sound (which is a bit too formal for a Played For Laughs trope), but tell me if you disagree.
  • October 18, 2017
    ANTMuddle
    I think you've got an excellent case for Artistic License Animal Sounds (without the dash). Press that red button and shoot it!
  • October 19, 2017
    Snicka
    ^ Are you suggesting I should call it Artistic License Animal Sound? But that doesn't convey the Rule Of Funny character of this trope.
  • October 19, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • The woodland rabbits seen in Wallace And Gromit The Curse Of The Were Rabbit suddenly decide to howl like coyotes at the moon after the giant were-rabbit does it. The were-rabbit himself can be excused, since he's the transmuted form of the Genius Ditz; the other rabbits cannot be excused for howling like coyotes, since they've never done that in their lives. Unless stupidity is contagious.
  • October 20, 2017
    Snicka
    Okay, if there are no objections to the name Silly Animal Sound, then I'll press the green button and launch this.
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