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Circling Birdies: Live-Action Films
  • Fred Flintstone sees circling pterodactyls after Barney punches him due to a misunderstanding involving embezzling at Slate Co. in the live-action film version of the The Flintstones as seen here.
  • Happens to George too many times to count in the two George of the Jungle films. One of the henchmen in the first film also hears birds after a punch, and Shep the elephant also sees circling stars and after unsuccessfully trying to use his head as a battering ram in the sequel.
  • Brendan Fraser is in a class by himself for this trope. Not only does he experience it about a half a dozen times as George, but he also hears tweeting birds in the live-action film version of Dudley Do-Right and a cut scene from Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
  • Space Jam
    • Michael Jordan sees circling birdies — more accurately, circling golf balls with bird wings — after a hard fall.
    • Granny gets to see circling Tweety birds after being dog-piled by the Monstars.
  • Animated birdies and stars circle Joe Torry's head after his character is punched in the comedy Sprung.
  • In The Scene, Jimmy Fallon hears tweeting birds after running head-first into a bus.
  • In Gremlins, Big Bad Stripe hears tweeting birds after getting knocked out moments before he sees the fountain.
  • In The Great Muppet Caper, Miss Piggy has birds circling as she sees Kermit for the first time.
  • In The Toxic Avenger 2, in one scene, a japanese girl hears tweeting birds after getting punched in the face.
  • Matt LeBlanc hears birds after getting knocked out by a car door in Ed.
  • In the live movie The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris, one of the Big Bads, sees these after his laptop falls on his head.
  • Ash hears birds after suffering The Three Stooges-like abuse from skeletons in the decidedly slapstick final installment of the Evil Dead trilogy.
  • The 1967 musical "Half a Sixpence" uses tweeting bird sounds after Arthur (Tommy Steele) is tossed through a roof during a musical number. Somewhat lampshaded, in that actual birds are escaping as a result of his crash, adding cooing pigeons to the cacophony of the usual high-pitched bird sounds standard for this trope.
  • In Inspector Gadget after Gadget uses a grappling hook to trip a criminal you see stars circling his head before he falls unconscious.
  • In Army of Darkness after Ash accidentally raises the dead and he tries to put the skeletons back in the ground, at one point a bunch of skeletons punch him at the same time and you hear tweeting birds.
  • At times, movie trailers will add in a bird sound effect that does not appear in the actual film.
    • This scene from "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," for example, in which Fred (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) is knocked silly by his own shield while battling a knight, included bird sounds in one of the film's trailers, though they were not used in the film.
    • Bird sounds were used after Tracy Morgan was hit in the head in one of the Little Man trailers.
    • A trailer for Disney/Tangled used bird sounds when Rapunzel knocks out Flynn with a Frying Pan of Doom.
    • Mitch Eakins hears birds after recovering from a faint in a trailer for the sequel to Evil Bong.
  • The lead character (played by Seth Adkins) in "Funky Monkey" stumbles and hears birds after getting tackled hard during a football game.

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