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Animals speak in an animal-esque manner

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Proposed By:
Pichu-kun on Feb 10th 2017 at 3:21:27 PM
Last Edited By:
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.

The Unintelligible and Speech-Impaired Animal examples can count as long as they are still speaking a human language or the audience can still make out some of what they are saying.

Supertrope to Sssnake Talk.


Examples:

Advertising

  • 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."

Anime & Manga

Animated Film

  • 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.

Literature

  • 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.

Live-Action TV

  • On Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Henrietta Pussycat spoke with a frequent "meow meow meow" in the middle of sentences, often after a verb.

Other

Video Games

  • 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".

Western Animation

Real Life

  • Parrots have cartoonish squawking voices when they speak in human languages.
  • Ravens have cartoonish falsetto voices when they speak in human languages.

Feedback: 24 replies

Feb 10th 2017 at 3:35:13 PM

You have two tropes in one there. One trope per erm... trope please.

Feb 11th 2017 at 1:05:38 PM

The "animals have punny names" thing is covered by A Lizard Named Liz.

Feb 12th 2017 at 1:34:41 AM

Persia the Cat Girl in Gate says "Nya?" instead of "What?" when confused.

Feb 15th 2017 at 7:57:10 AM

I think this trope should be limited to examples where animals have a Verbal Tic related to their species. Snake Talk is a subtrope.

Feb 15th 2017 at 8:02:56 AM

An example from Verbal Tic:

Feb 15th 2017 at 8:56:19 PM

On Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Henrietta Pussycat spoke with a frequent "meow meow meow" in the middle of sentences, often after a verb.

Mar 15th 2017 at 7:58:02 PM

  • Blaz Blue: 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".

Nov 30th 2017 at 6:44:23 PM

This could be called Animal Species Accents to better convey the trope description.

This trope covers both animal species Verbal Tics and accents based on species.

For example, sheep and goats will have their “ba-a-a-a” noise as their species accent, dogs have their “ruff” sound as their species accent, owls species accent consists of “hoooos,” and snakes have a whole trope in how they overdo the “sssss” sound.

Live Action Film

  • The animated farm animals in the Its a Jolly Holiday, scene in Mary Poppins have their distinct species accents. For example, the horses voice sounds like a whinny, the cows voice sounds like a moo, the lambs and rams voice sounds like a bleet, and the pigs voice sounds like an oink.

Western Animation

  • 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’s “stutter” is actually a species accent based on pig grunts.
  • ‘’Classic Disney Shorts’’
    • Donald Duck, his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and the Daisy Duck prototype Donna Duck all have quacky duck-accented voices.
    • Clara Cluck has a clucky chicken accent to her voice.

Nov 22nd 2017 at 6:26:13 AM

  • 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.

Nov 25th 2017 at 9:36:52 PM

Nov 26th 2017 at 7:13:24 PM

  • Clarabelle Cow has shades of this trope, as her voice sorta go has a bovine sound to it.
  • The Tasmanian Devil, despite having an Informed Species, has a very believably Tasmanian Devil sound to it.

Nov 26th 2017 at 11:13:07 PM

Nov 30th 2017 at 7:01:48 PM

  • Fixed The trope example formatting.
  • Added pretinent information to trope description.

Nov 30th 2017 at 9:09:44 PM

Mostly averted in Redwall, 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.

Nov 30th 2017 at 9:25:40 PM

Chipmunks are often given high-pitched squeaking voices to reflect the fact that they are small rodents. Mice are also given this vocal treatment, but to a lesser extent.

Nov 30th 2017 at 11:20:04 PM

I think The Unintelligible and Speech Impaired Animal characters, like Humphrey The Bear and Tasmanian Devil shouldn't count. They are just making animal sounds in a pace that it feels like talking, rather than talking in a human language with animal sounds in it.

Dec 1st 2017 at 6:50:00 PM

The Unintelligible and Speech Impaired Animal examples can count as long as they are still speaking a human language or the audience can still make out some of what they are saying .

For example, Donald Duck may be unintelligible, but you can still make out some of what he is saying.

  • Scooby Doo: Scooby Doo is famous for his dog-sounding voice and replacing most beginning consonants with an "r" sound.
  • Aladdin: Iago the macaw has a grating parrot sound to his voice due to being voiced by Gilbert Gottfried.

Real Life

  • Parrots have cartoonish squawking voices when they speak in human languages.
  • Ravens have cartoonish falsetto voices when they speak in human languages.

Dec 5th 2017 at 12:22:18 AM

Another Silly Symphonies example:

Dec 12th 2017 at 10:04:13 PM

Advertising

  • 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."

Dec 19th 2017 at 12:31:40 PM

  • Pumbaa the warthog in The Lion King has a raspy voice that resembles grunting and squealing.

Dec 26th 2017 at 4:07:41 PM

Is this ready to launch?

Dec 27th 2017 at 7:39:40 AM

^ At least 10 tropers (including me) think so.

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