Pichu-kun on Feb 10th 2017 at 3:21:27 PM
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EdnaWalker on Dec 27th 2017 at 7:39:40 AM
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Animal characters who are able to talk (either in their own language or actually talking in human languages towards humans) sometimes have a special way of talking.
This often involves a Verbal Tic or accent based on an onomatopoeia of how they speak. For the Verbal Tic examples, a cat character saying "meow" (or whatever the language's version is) often. For the accent examples, sheep and goats will have their "ba-a-a-a" noise as their species accent, dogs have their "ruff" or "woof" sound as their species accent, the owls' accent consists of the "hoooos" they make, and snakes have a whole trope in how they overdo the "sssss" sound.
Sometimes, animals are given a vocal pitch that reflects that of the pitch level of the noises they make. For example, chipmunks are often given high-pitched squeaking voices to reflect the fact that they are small rodents that squeak. Mice, also being small rodents that squeak, are also given this vocal treatment, but to a lesser extent.
Supertrope to Sssnake Talk.
- Tony the Tiger, mascot of the cereal brand "Frosted Flakes", voiced by Thurl Ravescroft, claims that his cereal is "grrrrreat", sounding like a tiger's growl.
- Invoked in one televised ad for the canned beverage Mountain Dew, which had a Gen X goofball decide to butt heads with a mountain sheep. After three goes at the ram, the fool returns to his cohorts. They ask him if he's feeling okay. His response: "Not ba-a-a-a-ad."
- Pokťmon: In the Japanese version Nyarth has a Verbal Tic of "nya". The English dub originally had Meowth say "meow" and "Meowth" often as a counterpart, but they ultimately abandoned the tic.
- The Series Mascot, a cat youkai named Jibanyan, from Yo-kai Watch has a Verbal Tic of using "nya" at the end of his sentences. In the English dub this is replaced with him replacing "n" with "nya" (for example "Nate" becomes "Ny-ate").
- Persia the Cat Girl in Gate says "Nya?" instead of "What?" when confused.
- The mice in Cinderella have high-pitched mouse voices.
- Aladdin: Iago the macaw has a grating parrot sound to his voice due to being voiced by Gilbert Gottfried.
- Pumbaa the warthog in The Lion King has a raspy voice that resembles porcine grunting and squealing.
Live Action Film
- The animated farm animals in the "It's a Jolly Holiday," scene in Mary Poppins have their distinct species accents. For example, the horse's voice sounds like a whinny, the cow's voice sounds like a moo, the lambs' and ram's voice sounds like a bleet, and the pig's voice sounds like an oink.
- Redwall: Mostly averted, where different species have accents that represent different British social classes (hares talk like Stiff Upper Lip army officers, searats Talk Like A Pirate, moles talk like farmers, etc.). However, one book features bats who repeat the last word of their sentences, presumably because of their echolocation.
- On Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Henrietta Pussycat spoke with a frequent "meow meow meow" in the middle of sentences, often after a verb.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunks and the Chippettes are the Trope Codifiers for squeaky-voiced chipmunks.
- BlazBlue: Taokaka, a Cat Girl, ends her sentences with "meow" and sometimes put meowing puns into her words (such as "Molester Academeow" when she tried to say Military Academy). In the Japanese version she uses "nyasu" in place of "desu".
- Cow from Cow and Chicken likes to end her sentences with "Mooo~".
- Classic Disney Shorts':
- Clarabelle Cow has shades of this trope, as her voice sorta go has a bovine sound to it.
- Donald Duck, his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and the Daisy Duck prototype Donna Duck all have somewhat unintelligible, quacky duck-accented voices. Huey, Dewey, and Louie avert the duck-accented Duck thing in Quack Pack and downplay this greatly in Ducktales 2017.
- Clara Cluck has a strong clucky chicken accent to her voice.
- Humphrey The Bear has an ursine sound to his The Unintelligible talking voice.
- Chip N Dale have high-pitched chipmunk voices.
- Looney Tunes:
- Porky Pig seems like a stutterer, and indeed, he was a stutterer in the first few cartoons he is in. But Word of God says that Porky Pig's stutter is actually a species accent based on pig grunts.
- The Tasmanian Devil, despite having an Informed Species, his voice has a very believably Tasmanian Devil sound to it. He speaks intelligibly with a Tasmanian Devil sound to it in Tazmania, but in the original cartoons and in other works, he is also The Unintelligible.
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Similar to the example provided by its predecessor, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger has a grrr Verbal Tic and Katerina Kittycat has a meow Verbal Tic.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show has Daisy the Cow, who has a tendency to quietly say "moo" at the end of his sentences.
- Silly Symphonies
- Scooby-Doo: Scooby Doo is famous for his dog-sounding voice and replacing most beginning consonants with an "r" sound.
- Parrots have cartoonish squawking voices when they speak in human languages.
- Ravens have cartoonish falsetto voices when they speak in human languages.
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