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This is a fall sound that was often used in the Famous Studios/Paramount/Noveltoons cartoons from the 1940's to the 1960's. It was also used in some Warner Bros. and MGM cartoons, among other films.


  • First Recorded: 1938
  • Creator: Fred MacAlpin
  • Owner: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1938-late 1940s), Warner Bros. (1941-1968), Famous Studios (1944-196?)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year Debut: October 1, 1938
  • First Heard: The Winning Ticket (a Captain and the Kids short)
  • Area Used: N/A

The sound was probably first recorded in 1938 at the MGM cartoon studio for the Captain and the Kids cartoon "The Winning Ticket".

WB would later pick it up in 1941 starting with Elmer's Pet Rabbit and have it rarely used for some cartoons in favor of their trademark Looney Tunes Cartoon Fall Sound, but Famous Studios also picked the sound up in 1944 and used it as their trademark falling whistle sound (even after the studio became "Paramount Cartoon Studios" in 1956) until the 1960's.

Other studios like DePatie-Freleng, Chuck Jones, and Total Television started to use the sound in the 60's, but its frequent use was later abandoned by the 1980's (only very few studios used it at that time, namely DiC Entertainment). However, some sound studios used it in movies and TV shows after the 1980s, but only very few.

It is yet to be determined if the sound was included on any sound effect library; it was never included on the more major sound effects libraries.

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials




  • Soaky Toys - Superman & Tennessee Tuxedo (Commercials)
  • M&M's Minis Commercials (1996) (Commercials) (Used once in "Factory".)


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