These are sound effects of air whistling from Warner Bros., best known for being used in Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies.


  • First Recorded: September 14, 1940
  • Creator: Treg Brown
  • Owner: Warner Bros. (1941-1990), Montery Post/DigiPost TV (1990-present)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year Debut: July 5, 1941
  • First Heard: The Heckling Hare (a Looney Tunes short)
  • Area Used: TBA

There are 14 different variations of this sound all made by WB around the early 40's. Their early use in the Looney Tunes was in the 1941 Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Heckling Hare." Since then, they used the sounds as their trademark Looney Tunes falling whistle sound up to 1967 in the Daffy and Speedy cartoon "Daffy's Diner." In the 60's, the sounds were later used as DePatie-Freleng Enterprises' trademark falling sound in their animated projects from 1964-1980, the Peanuts first used the sounds since the mid to late-1960's up to the early 80's, and were also used in Chuck Jones' animated projects during those times. WB eventually got back to using the sounds by the late-70's in the Looney Tunes compilation films and TV specials, but hauled their frequent use of the sounds by the early-90's. They were only heard in a few shows and movies since then, and were never available on sound effect libraries.

This sound seems scarcely used these days, but DigiPost.TV projects tend to use it. Skywalker Sound projects occasionally use it as well where applicable.


The sound was made 9 months after MGM made Sound Ideas, WHINE, CARTOON - SHELL SCREAMING WHINE DOWN on December 9, 1939. MGM would later copy WB with their falling sound since 1955 after the release of the Oscar nominated cartoon "Good Will To Men."

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials



Video Games


  • Ninja Hayate





TV Spots

Home Videos

  • Animaniacs Sing Along: Yakko's World (1994) (Videos) (Heard in the "Disasterpiece Theatre" segment)
  • Sing Along Looney Tunes (1998) (Videos) (Heard during the end of "Barber of Seville")

YouTube Videos

Web Originals

  • Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom (Heard once in Part 1 and Part 2)

Other Media

  • Raymond Scott Rewired (2014) (heard twice in "Powerhouse")


Image Gallery

See Looney Tunes Cartoon Fall Sound/Image Gallery

Audio Samples

WB Fall Sound

All 14 different variations of the sound. (WARNING: these may irritate, disturb and/or upset you

Looney Tunes Fall

Stand-alone version of the 2nd fall sound as heard in Shot and Bothered (1966).


Take 1 recording version.

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