Tom Scream are vocal recordings that were used in MGM classic cartoons, namely Tom and Jerry. This shouldn't be confused with Sound Ideas, SCREAM - FEMALE, SHORT, HUMAN, HORROR 01.


  • First recorded: 1941
  • Creators: William Hanna (original recordings); Rich Danhakl ("The Tom and Jerry Show" recordings)
  • Owner: MGM Cartoon Studio (1941-1967), Turner Entertainment (1985-1996), Warner Bros. (1996-present)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year debut: July 5, 1941
  • First heard: The Alley Cat
  • Area used: Worldwide

These screams were done by William Hanna at MGM since 1942. His earliest performance of the screams in the Tom & Jerry cartoons made at that time were in "Fraidy Cat" and "Dog Trouble," but "Puss n' Toots" was the first where he would do the screams that would be recycled in later MGM cartoons since. Hanna would later do more variations of the scream for more MGM and Tom & Jerry cartoons. MGM continued to use the screams until they shut their animation studio down in 1957, and they were not used again until the mid-60's during the Chuck Jones era MGM cartoons for his version of Tom & Jerry, but, after Chuck stopped making his verse of Tom & Jerry cartoons in 1967, the sounds went back to obscurity on its use. However, archival recordings of some of the screams do exist, and were used by Turner and later WB since then (mostly in current Tom and Jerry media since Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers, including The Tom and Jerry Show). Some new screams were created for The Tom and Jerry Show by the series' uncredited sound designer/sound effects editor, Rich Danhakl.

Outside from MGM and Tom and Jerry, the sound is used for other media.


The Tom screams comes with many different takes:

  • Ow!
  • Ow-whoa-oh-OH-ho-ho-hoo! is high-pitched.
  • AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! is serious-tone alike. (heard in various shorts like "Jerry and Jumbo". It's usually heard in a high pitch,)
  • Shriek 1 is brief high-pitched
  • Shriek 2
  • Eee-eee-EEE-eee... YOWWWWWHHHHHHH!

It's to be announced which are the Danhakl screams, but there are new screams created/voiced by sound designer Rich Danhakl for The Tom and Jerry Show

Used In

TV Shows

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Video Games



  • Coming Soon From Warner Home Video Preview (2000)



TV Spots

Other Media

Music Videos

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Audio Samples

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