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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.

If the animal, instead, has a human accent based on its country of origin (such as kangaroos talking with Australian accents or pandas with Chinese accents), that goes under National Animal Stereotypes.

Supertrope to Sssnake Talk.


Examples:

Advertising

  • Tony the Tiger, mascot of the cereal brand "Frosted Flakes", voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft, 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

  • Pokémon: In the Japanese version Nyarth has a Verbal Tic of "nya" and a "cat sounding" voice. The English dub originally had Meowth say "meow" and "Meowth" often as a counterpart, but they ultimately abandoned the tic.
  • The Series Mascot from Yo-kai Watch, a cat youkai named Jibanyan, 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.

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.
  • Bravelands:
    • Cheetahs have high pitched voices similar to a cheetah's chirp.
    • Crocodiles have raspy voices.

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

  • Cow from Cow and Chicken likes to end her sentences with "Mooo~".
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • Clarabelle Cow has a cadence reminiscent of a mooing cow.
    • 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 downplay the duck accent greatly in DuckTales (1987) and lack it entirely in Quack Pack and 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: 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.
  • In 3-2-1 Penguins!, Bert Bertman has a high-pitched voice due to him being a hamster.
    • The sheep from Planet Picket in The Green-Eyed Monster have the "baaa" in their accents.
  • In Legend Of The Three Caballeros, the Minotaur initially speaks with nothing but "moo" sounds. After revealing that he actually speaks English, he still adds "moo" into his sentences.

Real Life

  • Parrots have cartoonish squawking voices when they speak in human languages.
  • Ravens have cartoonish falsetto voices when they speak in human languages.
  • Hoover the seal had a rather deep voice when he talked.

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