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This sound effect can be found on The Premiere Edition Volume 1, which was made by The Hollywood Edge.

Info

  • First recorded: August 13, 1982
  • Creator: John Leveque
  • Owner: Soundelux (October 1, 1982-August 13, 1990), The Hollywood Edge (August 13, 1990-2014), Sound Ideas (2014-present)
  • Origin: United States (from Studio 76 Library from John Leveque and Audio-Design)
  • Year debut: October 1, 1982
  • First heard: Vincent (a Tim Burton short)
  • Area used: Worldwide (rarely used in Japan)

On August 13, 1982, John Leveque created this cat screeching sound that was originally a Soundelux sound effect made for his Studio 76 Library. Thought to be a vocal effect done by an unknown voice actress or Frank Welker since he did cartoon animal noises at the time.

This sound didn't get its public debut until the Tim Burton short, "Vincent" on October 1, 1982, then it later appeared in Disney cartoon shows like DuckTales (since the episode "Magica's Shadow War" on September 28, 1987) and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It wouldn't be until 1989 when The Simpsons would commonly use it for Snowball II, and the Crazy Cat Lady's cats.

On August 13, 1990, The Hollywood Edge acquired this sound to The Premiere Edition Volume 1 library and later appeared on other cartoon shows like WB/Amblin's Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992), as well as live action shows like NBC's Wings (1990-1997). Then, it appeared in movies such as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), and more.

In 2014, The Hollywood Edge went out of business, due to bankruptcy. After that, Sound Ideas took over to acquire this sound, along with other Hollywood Edge sounds.

Since then, the worldwide popularity of the sound effect continues to appear in other TV shows, other films, and also began to appear in other medias like theme park attractions, video games, commercials, and others. The sound effect can be heard in several updated editions of several movies and some TV shows made prior to 1987 such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Brady Bunch episode "The Honeymoon". It also can be heard in some live shows, concerts and theatre plays such as Monty Python's Spamalot and Les Miserables the Musical.

There are other variations of this sound effect called "Cats Fighting Loud Sc PE917007" from Volume 9, which is the exact same sound, "Short Squeal Bat Rat CRT010902" from Cartoon Trax Volume 1, which is a higher pitched version of the 1st yowl and "ANIMAL CAT - SEVERAL GROWLS, SPITS, INHALES, HISSES & SWIPES, FIGHT SCREECHES" from the Wild World of Animals Sound Effects Library, which is a low pitched version of this sound. There is also a Pro Sound Effects sound effect that is virtually the same as this, known as "Cat, Angry Growls, Moans, Various Versions".

It is possible that this sound was recorded the same time and these sounds, Cats Two Meowing Clos PE022401 and Two Cats Screeching And Moaning (the earliest use of a portion of was heard in Vincent) were being recorded too. It may be the distorted sound from the yowling. It is included as part of the Soundelux Sound Library. Soundelux owns The Hollywood Edge. This is more likely a condensed version of the original sound from the Soundelux vault.

Here's how the sound effect goes:

The first part of it is the cats quietly meowing and angrily moaning. Then it is followed by four loud yowls and screams. After that there is more quite moaning. Then there are two more yowls. The six yowls seem to be the most used and the most popular, especially the 3rd, 4th, and 6th ones.

Trivia

  • This happens to be the most common cat screech sound effect that has been used for nearly every angry cat or off-screen crash in media from October 1, 1982-present.
  • Although the sound was rarely used in media during the 1980s, but it wasn’t until in the beginning of the 1990s where the sound had started to be used constantly in every media, and still being used today.
  • More than 50 million companies and shows, movies, commercials, video games, videos, and many more media use this sound effect.
  • There is a 100% chance that you have this sound effect heard before.

Sound Effect Description

Cats, Two; Angry Yowls During Cat Fight, Close Perspective.

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Similar Variations

Used In

TV Shows

NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect in every TV show.

TV Specials

Movies

NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect to be in every movie just because there's a cat in it or when you think it's going to be heard whenever something crashes off-screen.

Video Games

PC:

Xbox:

Xbox 360:

Xbox One:

PlayStation:

PlayStation 2:

PlayStation 3:

  • Grand Theft Auto V (Heard in a low pitch.)
  • LittleBigPlanet (3rd yowl used only for “Robo-cat” Magic Mouth Voice.)
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (3rd yowl used only for “Robo-cat” Magic Mouth Voice.)
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 (3rd yowl used only for “Robo-cat” Magic Mouth Voice.)
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles (Heard as ambiance in a low volume.)

PlayStation 4:

  • Grand Theft Auto V (Heard in a low pitch.)
  • Lego Worlds
  • LittleBigPlanet 4 (3rd yowl used only for “Robo-cat” Magic Mouth Voice)

SNES:

N64:

GBA:

Wii:

Wii U:

Nintendo Switch:

Dreamcast:

Mobile:

  • Homescapes (Used for Austin’s cat whenever he yowls or screeches.)

Online Games

  • Mila's Magic Shop
  • Whack The Terrorist (4th and 6th yowls)
  • The Impossible Quiz 2 (4th yowl)
  • The Impossible Quiz Book (4th yowl used for Chris the Cat in Chapter 1.)

Video & DVD

Promos

UK:

  • CITV - It's On at Quarter Past 3 (2004) (5th yowl)

USA:

  • The 90's are All That: Doug's Stinky Cat (2011-2015)
  • A.N.T. Farm (Promos) (1st yowl; heard once in the trANTsferred promo.)
  • ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2015)
  • Bizaardvark (Promos) (Heard once in the Puff & Frankie promo.)
  • Cartoon Network Promos: Hamtaro
  • Disney Channel: Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns
  • HouseBroken Promos
  • Jessie Promos (Heard once in the Trashin' Fashion promo.)
  • Nick Jr. - Halloween (2006)

Commercials

Australia:

  • Home Hardware - Home & Garden Sale (1993) (6th yowl)
  • QBE Insurance - 100% Commitment (2015) (3rd yowl)
  • QBE Insurance - Home Insurance (2015) (3rd yowl)

Hong Kong:

  • Mannings - Mannings Cat (2012, 2013)

New Zealand:

  • AMI Insurance - Lipstick (2016) (3rd yowl; heard briefly.)
  • AMI Insurance - Renters Insurance (2018) (4th yowl; heard briefly.)
  • Countdown - Fresh Ideas Summer (2019) (1st yowl)
  • Lift - Hypnotic (1990's) (5th yowl; High Pitched)
  • Starburst (2002) (5th yowl)
  • V (2005) (3rd yowl; High Pitched)

Denmark:

USA:

UK:

  • Dairylea - Clever Invention (1998)
  • Dairylea - Fridge Raid (1998)
  • Fire Kills - Smokey (1994)

Bumpers

  • YTV ID - Hair Dresser Cat (1998) (2nd yowl)

Shorts

Logos

Policy Trailers

Trailers

TV Spots

Newgrounds Videos

  • Eddsworld (4th yowl heard once in "MovieMakers".)

YouTube Videos

  • A Eh Bee Family Vine Special (2015)
  • Annoying Orange (1st and 2nd yowls heard once in "Ask Orange #10: TWO MILLION KNIVES".)
  • Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (2nd and 5th yowls)
  • Beanie Babies 3 (2015) (low growl, 3rd, 5th, and 6th yowls)
  • Beanie Babies Families Galore (2021)
  • BellyThat Productions
  • The Best Pals Hand Show
  • Best Pals Hand Toons (3rd yowl heard once in "Temper Amber".)
  • Caillou Brings Gilbert to School/Grounded
  • Calling All Engines from Tomorrowland
  • Cats & Pandas: A Minecraft Fable of Friendship
  • ChuChu TV Storytime (3rd yowl)
  • Classic Ending Credits with Lyrics by Brentalfloss (4th yowl; heard towards the end.)
  • CleuzinhaRat (low pitched, 4th yowl or 2nd yowl, 5th yowl)
  • Cute Mario Bros
  • Dave and Ava Nursery Rhymes (3rd yowl; heard once in a high pitch in "Five Little Kittens Jumping on the Bed".)
  • David Young Videos (Heard in "Caillou Takes Gilbert To The Vet", Gilbert does this every time he yowls and screeches.)
  • DreamWorksTV Series (Heavy use of it in some episodes.)
  • ExtremeToys TV (Used for Cartoon Cat in "Cartoon Cat is on the Loose! The Crazy Feline Haunts and Attacks Ethan and Cole!!".)
  • Falling for Fall Livestream Videos (6th yowl; heard once in "Sunday Drive".)
  • Garfield, Garfielf spanky spank! (4th yowl; heard towards the end.)
  • Goodbye Kitty (3rd yowl; heard only in the opening with White Kitty getting electrocuted.)
  • High School Musical: A Bad Lip Reading (Used for Corville the space cat; 5th yowl; heard twice in a low pitch.)
  • 【Hololive Animation】Korone's Room Inspection
  • HowToBasic Videos (Heard once in "How to Get Married".)
  • How to Bust A Nut!
  • Kate's Place Videos (Heard once in "Wembley Makes Sounds With His Mouth".)
  • Kitty0706
  • Littlest Pet Shop: Popular (Starting in Season 2, Brooke and the other cats do it when they yowl and screech; 3rd and 4th yowls are mainly used.)
  • LorenzoesCartoons (6th yowl heard once in "Gem, Gemm n Gemmy".)
  • MADABOUTLEGO (Heard in "LEGO CITY FIRE".)
  • Metkuratsu Mizuiro (4th and 6th yowls heard once in "Super Mario - Comic Dub: "Finally...NOT!"".)
  • Miles "Tails" Prower: Boy Genius (5th yowl; heard when Shadow gets hit by something at 0:54 .)
  • Milky Way And The Galaxy Girls (4th yowl; heard once in "Maniac Mercury" when Mercury accidentally steps on Jupiter’s cat.)
  • 【MMD】Bread is sold out?!? D8 (4th yowl; heard during Teto's tantrum.)
  • My Little Pony Meets Series
  • Olivier Hatta (4th yowl; heard often in "Afternoon Hangout 6/24/15 (feat tylertristar2isback)" and "Rant gets interruptions #3"; once in "One has experienced many more interruptions" and "One has experienced much more interruptions".)
  • Pencilmation
  • PopToonsTV
  • PhantomStrider Videos (2nd yowl; heard once in "Top 10 Worst Cartoons" and 1st yowl; heard once in "Top 10 Darkest Nickelodeon Episodes".)
  • Screw Attack: Top Ten Cartoon Video Games (4th yowl)
  • SMG4 Videos
  • Sonic Shorts videos
  • Thegoodadvice Cupcake-FP (Used for Sprinkles the Cat.)
  • Trainlover476 Videos (Heard once in "I Was a Teenage Resident Evil Moron Part 1".)
  • Vinesauce Vinny - Spelunky 2 (4th yowl; sped up)
  • Waluigi vs. The Sun (2015) (Shorts)
  • Webkinz (Heard once in "Cera's Issues".)
  • Webkinz 2: Ghostly Host (2015)
  • We Are Native American Cats (4th yowl heard once when Mittens trashes his house in rage.)
  • Welcome to Cat-toon Network
  • Yu-Gi-No! (4th yowl heard once when Yugi throws away a card offscreen.)
  • YTP: Caillou it's a Bad Boy (COLLAB ENTRY) (Sept. 1, 2018) by DiamondCounter
  • YTP: Spider-Man: Homecoming 69

Music Videos

Music

  • Meowpurddy (El-P Remix) - Run the Jewels and Snoop Dogg

Theme Parks

Disney California Adventure:

Kings Island:

  • Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Castle (Theme Parks)

Universal's Islands of Adventure:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Theme Park) (3rd yowl; heard in a high pitch at the start of the ride.)

Universal Studios Hollywood:

  • An American Tail Live (Theme Parks)

Walt Disney World:

  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (Theme Parks) (6th yowl heard once when LeFou crashes offscreen.)
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic (Theme Parks)
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (Theme Parks) (low pitched)
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Other Media

  • Chuck E Cheese's: Some Holiday Larry Magic / Larry's Christmas Tree (Holiday 2002) (4th yowl heard once when Larry runs away off-screen to get some power surges.)
  • Chuck E. Cheese Songs: Loppinsboopinfakindoopinfloppenloopenfunnin's Day (2018)
  • Chuck E. Cheese's: Nigel & Ronnie: The Fly (2020) (4th yowl heard once.)
  • Gemmy: Fraidy Cat
  • Hallmark: My Pet Ghost
  • Staples Center: Los Angeles Kings (Heard once in one of Eric Cartman's appearances.)
  • Stinky The Garbage Truck
  • Timon and Pumbaa's Virtual Safari (Other Media) (The Lion King 1½ DVD) (6th yowl; high pitched)

Bumpers

Anime

Note: Anime doesn't use this sound effect very often.

Image Gallery

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Audio Samples

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