Created By: JonnyB on May 29, 2011 Last Edited By: JonnyB on September 19, 2015

Cuckoo Clock sound effect

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Do We Have This One?? Needs More Examples. I looked for it on Stock Sound Effects, and couldn't find it there; if we don't, I'll add it to that page once I get some examples. Used either when a real cuckoo clock is in the scene, or used in the background to show that someone is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander. Occasionally used when a character is hit on the head as a sign that they're dizzy. Sometimes it's just the coo-coo sound, and sometimes there's a chime of the hour as well.


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  • May 29, 2011
    How about when a character gets hit on the head or runs into something and the cuckoo clock sound is heard as the character is dizzy?
  • May 30, 2011
    ^That's part of Circling Birdies.

    Here's a big ol' list.
  • May 30, 2011
    Going Cuckoo?

    • In Glider PRO, cuckoo clocks give out 1000 points, more than any other prize (not counting stars).
  • May 30, 2011
    ^ Yes but do they make the sound effect?
  • May 30, 2011
    How about when a character (who is not a chicken) goes "cuckoo" verbally? That a trope?
  • May 30, 2011
    ^^ They do when you collect them.

    • In the ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, the return of the corregidor to seduce the wife of the miller who has just been arrested is foreshadowed by a song about the cuckoo singing at night a warning to husbands, which is followed by a cuckoo clock (clarinet) striking nine.
  • June 2, 2011
    Happened in old Black an white movies like e.g. Marx Brothers. The Laurel And Hardy Theme is even called The Dance of the Cuckoos
  • June 2, 2011
    The Simpsons, "You Only Move Twice." Bart makes a cuckoo noise while doing the Crazy Finger in reponse to the remedial class teacher's logic that they'll catch up with the regular class by going slower. The other kids in class immediately pick up on this and start doing it too.
  • June 13, 2011
    Saw a few times the gag where a character is slammed into cuckoo clock, which triggers the noise and may get a mechanical cuckoo strike someone.
  • June 23, 2011
    Shallow Hal has a running gag in which the main character makes this sound by whistling (as well as putting his hands over his face to act as "doors" in a sort of varient of the "cuckoo" gesture).
  • July 12, 2011
  • August 31, 2011
    It happens in Kirbys Epic Yarn when a boss is stunned.
  • September 11, 2011
    Von Kaiser taunts you by saying "coocoo!" in Punch-Out!! for Wii. His movements share a German cuckoo clock motif.
  • September 11, 2011
    A dramatic example occurs in the song "Cuckoo Cuckoo" by Animal Collective. It's about dealing with the death of a child, and he wails/sings the words to express prolonged confusion and anguish.

    Similarly, Joanna Newsom has a song called "Go Long" about the distance between her and a male companion. She compares herself to a dreary bird going "cuckoo cuckoo!" by itself, and shouts the sound on one very high note.
  • October 31, 2011
    Done a lot in The Three Stooges shorts.
  • November 2, 2011
    If memory serves, in the episode "The Most Crucial Game", Columbo figures out what he didn't hear on the audio from the bugged phone in the culrpit's private box when he hears a cuckoo clock elsewhere.
  • July 26, 2013
    Live action TV

    • In Allo Allo, in one episode Colonel von Strohm and Captain Geering tried to get a precious cuckoo clock and a painting of the fallen Madonna with the big boobies from the château they were staying at. Herr Flick from Gestapo tried to get them because people in Berlin wanted the stuff for themselves. Captain Geering put the clock in his pants, but unfortunately, the clock starting to strike. And the cuckoo was very visible. Unfortunately, Herr Flick isn't the smartest cookie on the show and he didn't suspect a thing.
  • July 30, 2013
    Western Animation
    • The Tom And Jerry cartoon "Jerry's Cousin" has the titular mouse punch Tom Cat hard enough to send Tom flying across the living room, and impacting against the far wall. Tom's head smashes into a wall-mounted cuckoo clock, and he falls to the floor prone with the clock's shell around his head. The cuckoo emerges from Tom's mouth, chiming three times.
    • When Jim Hawkins and Morph encounter B.E.N. on Treasure Planet, they discover quickly how badly unhinged the robot has become after seven hundred years of solitude. Morph reshapes himself into a likeness of B.E.N., and has a cuckoo bird spring from the top of his head to convey Morph's opinion that "this 'bot's nuts."
    • When Terrytoons' The Mighty Heroes run through their montage of changing from their civilian identities to their superhero forms, the pet store manager leaps into a cuckoo clock, which chimes rapidly four times, and emerges as Cuckoo Man.
  • June 29, 2015
    Heard on the 18th cycle of Americas Next Top Model. Alisha refers to Laura as gone with the wind.
  • September 11, 2016
    Filed under Stock Sound Effects. Got bombs?