Snicka on Apr 21st 2016 at 4:53:28 AM
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Snicka on Oct 20th 2017 at 5:19:15 AM
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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".
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
- In Dumbo, at the circus parade scene, when a gorilla shakes the bars of his cage, he lets out a scream similar to Tarzan's yell. To be fair, Edgar Rice Burroughs describes Tarzan's yell as "the victory cry of the bull ape", but real gorillas sound nothing like that.
- In Mulan, Hayabusa the falcon, who normally sounds like a Red-Tailed Hawk, lets out a chicken's cluck when he loses his feathers.
- The Aracuan Bird from The Three Caballeros is, supposedly, named that because of a peculiar song he sings. The real-life bird that is called "Aracua" in Brazil not only looks nothing like its cartoon counterpart, but also sounds completely different.
- In the opening scene of Shark Tale, Frankie the shark is humming the famous tune from Jaws.
- The woodland rabbits seen in Wallace & Gromit The Curse of the Were-Rabbit suddenly start to howl like coyotes at the moon after the giant were-rabbit does it. The were-rabbit himself can be excused, since he's a fantasy creature shapeshifted from a human, but the other rabbits are supposed to be real rabbits.
- 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! MoooBull: I'm the Bull! Bleugh!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- "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.
- Plants vs. Zombies: In the Almanac, Cattail, who is a cross between a cat and a cattail plant, is shown to woof like a dog. She says that it's because she hates to be stereotyped.
- Looney Tunes:
- According to the "Road Runner and Coyote" cartoons, roadrunners say "meep-meep" or "beep-beep". They actually sound like this. 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 Pokémon Speak, since roadrunners are pretty obscure birds outside of the US.
- Oddly, averted with the Tasmanian Devil. Although the creators of the cartoon took great liberties with the animal's characteristics, his incomprehensible grunts and growls are actually pretty close to the actual sound of the animal.
- In the Looney Tunes short Duck Amuck, Daffy Duck makes a kookaburra call (a Stock Sound Effect associated with jungles) during a Sound Defect scene.
- In one Cutaway Gag of Family Guy, Stewie plays with an European See-and-Say. He gets baffled by the unconventional sounds that, according to the toy, the animals make. See the page quote for details. Unlike most Cutaway Gags, this is actually referenced in a later scene. As Stewie and Brian use a Time Machine and end up in an unfamiliar place, Stewie, correctly, deduces that they must be in Europe from a cow saying "Shazoo".
- In an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar, a giant lobster roars like the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park.
- 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.
- In Spongebob Squarepants, snails, including Gary, Spongebob's pet snail, meow like a cat. Meanwhile, worms bark like dogs.
- 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.
- In the Tom and Jerry short The Milky Waif, Jerry the mouse, upon seeing Tom spanking his adopted child Nibbles, goes into Papa Wolf mode, and produces a lion-like roar before giving Tom an epic thrashing.
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