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This sound effect can be found on Hanna-Barbera Sound Effects Library, which was made by Sound Ideas. It shouldn't be confused with the Anime Zip Sound, or the second whistle from COMEDY, ACCENT - SIREN TYPE WHISTLE, SEVERAL (a Warner Bros. sound effect). Debuted in 1958 with The Huckleberry Hound Show.


  • First recorded: 1958
  • Creator: Greg Watson
  • Owner: Hanna-Barbera (1958-2001), Sound Ideas (1993-present)
  • Origin: Los Angeles, California
  • Recording location: Hanna-Barbera Productions
  • Year debut: September 30, 1958
  • First heard: The Huckleberry Hound Show (in the intro)
  • Area used: Worldwide

Back in 1958, this sound was first recorded by Greg Watson at Hanna-Barbera Productions in Los Angeles, California and it was made from a siren whistle.

This is one of Hanna-Barbera’s most prolific sound effects and was mainly used for whenever someone would throw a bowling ball or a lasso, or even a rabbit during a magic show. It made its debut on September 30, 1958 with The Huckleberry Hound Show and would be used in most of their cartoons, before the sound made its way to other studios, mainly Disney and Warner Bros..

This is one of the most commonly used zip whistle sound effects in media and more than 500 TV shows, films, video games, anime, and others make use of this sound, and there's a 99% chance you've possibly heard this sound before. It’s still being used as of today; some recent media, such as the recent Super Mario games and some recent western shows, are very fond of using it. Even the Nostalgia Critic criticized it's use of it, when reviewing A Christmas Story 2 (2012).

It should be noted that there's an equivalent of a Jay Ward sound effect called R-B ZIP, CARTOON - BIG WHISTLE ZING OUT, which was not featured on Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends Sound Effects Library, and Walter Lantz sound effect heard in the Andy Panda cartoon "Dizzy Kitty" and the Woody Woodpecker cartoon "The Beach Nut" that sounds nearly identical to this. Don't get that confused for this.

Similar Variations

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Used In

TV Shows

NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect in every TV show, whether or not it includes other cartoon sound effects. Not all TV shows, such as those of Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, or even any of the Disney channels use this sound effect.

TV Specials



NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect in every movie that uses cartoony Hanna-Barbera sound effects, whether they are animated or not. Certain companies, such as Pixar, do not use this sound effect for all of their movies.

TV Movies

Direct-to-Video Movies

NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect in every direct-to-video movie that uses Hanna-Barbera sound effects. For example, not all Scooby-Doo movies use this sound effect (especially due to some of them barely using H-B sound effects).


Theme Parks

Disney's Hollywood Studios:


  • Cybrolator (Heard once when Genie's wig flies off his head.)


  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (Theme Parks)

Universal Studios Florida:

Universal Studios Hollywood

Video Games

NOTE: Don't expect this sound in every game that involves around cartoon-like environments or characters. For example, not all Mario games use this sound effect. Arcade:




Xbox 360:

Xbox One:


PlayStation 2:

PlayStation 3:

PlayStation 4:

PlayStation Portable:

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive:







  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (Used heavily.)


  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Heard once in the boss "Thugly's Highrise".)
  • Dr. Mario Online RX (Heard once in one of the ending animations.)
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Heard once in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", audibly suggesting that someone is firing a projectile.)
  • Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Only heard in cutscenes. It is heard once in the first cutscene in The Lost Temple level, and once again in the last cutscene in the Free The Slaves level.)
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Heard after defeating King Lakitu.)


Wii U:

Nintendo Switch:

Universal Interactive:

  • SuperTuxKart




  • Cadbury - Fun Filled Freddo (2008)
  • Clark Rubber - Cool Clarkee (2006)
  • Dodo (2002-2003) (Heard once following ZIP, CARTOON - BIG WHISTLE ZING IN.)
  • Patties Party Pack (2005)
  • Yogo (1995)


  • Junior Scrabble (1999)
  • Kellogg's Kix (1998)


  • Nintendo 64 - Mickey's Speedway USA (2001)

New Zealand:

  • FruitWorld (2018, radio)



  • Red Bull Commercial: Dalmatian (2007) (Heard once when a mother dalmatian helps her last pup into the bed.)



TV Spots

DVD Menus

DVD Extras

Blu-ray Extras


Other Media

  • Cartoon Network from late 90s (The one zooming out of the Hanna-Barbera star; in reverse as part of a sound effects combo.)
  • The City of Soundsville: Music from The Powerpuff Girls (2001) (Heard 3 times in track 17, "The Super Secret City of Soundsville Song" AKA End Title Theme by BIS; heard among other Hanna-Barbera sounds, to suggest audibly that the villains are being thrown around.)
  • The Emperor's New Groove Read-Along CD and Cassette (Heard once at the beginning suggesting audibly that one of Kuzco's guards is throwing Rudy out of the palace.)
  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) (Soundtrack) (Heard once during the soundtrack version of "Viva Rock Vegas".)
  • Hanna-Barbera: Cartoon Sound FX (1994) (Other Media)
  • Hanna-Barbera Records - Drop-Ins Volume One (1965) (Others Media)
  • Speedy Gonzales Music Video By Kumbia All Starz
  • Storytelling Alice (Computer software; shows up as "zoomaway".)



  • AAC Kids (Canada) (1999-2003) (Logos)
  • SIP Animation (2002-2009) (Logos)
  • TiVo (2003-2006) (Logos) (Heard once in a low volume)

Web Originals

YouTube Videos



  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot (1985) (Heard once halfway throughout the song audibly suggesting someone is firing a projectile.)
  • Inevidence - The All New Richie Show (2000)
  • Soreike! Anpanman - Do Re Mi Fa Anpanman (2006) (Heard five times throughout the song.)


  • Bop It!
  • Zhu Zhu Pets


  • Eat Bulaga (Heard once in "Bawal Judgmental".)

TVB Shows


NOTE: Don't expect this sound in every anime. Anime doesn't use this sound (or it's variations) nearly as often as Western animation does. For example, not all Toei Animation productions use this sound effect.

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Audio Samples