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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: The Walt Disney Company (1982-1990), The Hollywood Edge (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)

First recorded in August 13, 1982, originally from John Leveque's Studio 76 Library (thought to be a vocal effect done by a voice actress or Frank Welker since he did cartoon animal noises at the time), but it didn't get it's 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.

In 1990, The Hollywood Edge acquired the sound to its library of sound effects and later appeared on other cartoon shows like WB/Amblin's Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992) and FOX's The Simpsons (1989-today), and 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.

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 The Premiere Edition Volume 9, which is the exact same sound, "Hollywoodedge, 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.

It is possible this sound was recorded the same time these sounds, Hollywoodedge, 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 and overused cat screech sound effect that has been used for nearly every angry cat or off-screen crash in media from 1982-present. More than 50 million companies and shows, movies, commercials, video games, videos, and many more media use this sound effect. There is a 99% 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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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.

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Other Media

Anime

Anime doesn't use this sound effect very often.

Image Gallery

Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Angry YowlsD PE022601/Image Gallery

Audio Samples

Hollywoodedge, Cats Fighting Loud Sc PE917007
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