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The MGM Roar is a sound effect from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The first sound of this sort was originally created by Mark A. Mangini while MGM was producing the film Poltergeist in 1982, and it was for a supernatural beast who is seen confronting a character in that film, aside from the clown.

An alternative mix of the same sounds was then used on Leo, resulting in the creation of this sound effect. It was updated a few times in 1995 and 2008, and it continues to be used to this day. Before it was created, Leo originally had Tanner’s roar used for him.

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TV Shows


Music Videos

  • Earl Sweatshirt - Titanic (2022)
  • Girls' Generation - Lion Heart (2015)
  • Insane Clown Posse - Southwest Voodoo (1997)


  • Cayby's Comic Frenzy Volume 3 (2014) (Shorts)
  • Minnie's Bow Toons (Heard once in "Primped Up Pachyderm".)


  • BetMGM TV Spot, 'Big Ticket's House' Featuring Kevin Garnett (2021)


Video Games


  • Age of Empires
  • Fox Hunt (Heard once in a deleted scene.)
  • MapleStory (2003) (Video Game) (Drake death sounds only.)
  • Survivalcraft
  • Lion King Lion Killer.exe


Sega CD:

  • Wirehead (Heard once in the logo, pitched down by 7 semitonnes.)


  • Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus


  • Return to Pride Rock CD Promo


  • Agent Cody Banks (2003) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (1996) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo during the teaser trailer shown on "The Pebble and the Penguin" 1995 VHS.)
  • Arthur and the Invisibles (2007) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • Barbershop (2002) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • College (2008) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) (Trailers) (Heard once in "The Logo" in "The Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailer and Home Video Trailer.")
  • G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • Hercules (2014) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • Igor (2008) (Trailers) (Heard once in "The Logo.")
  • Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015) (Trailers)
  • Legally Blonde (2001) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • The Lion King (1994) (Trailers) (Heard once in the theatrical trailer.)
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) (Trailers)
  • Miss Potter (2006) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) (Trailers) (Heard once in the logo.)
  • The Pink Panther (2006) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • The Pink Panther 2 (2009) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • Skyfall (2012) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Logo.)
  • The Young Black Stallion (2003) (Trailers)

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