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 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

So I just learn that the classic jungle "monkey" sound effect - used in Tarzan films and in countless films since - is not a monkey at all, nor is it native to Africa.

It is an Australian bird called a Kookaburra. Live and learn.

https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/nature/daceloNovaguineae.mp3

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Classic monkey jungle cry thread is classically posted in wrong FSM jungle forum.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Halloween_Jack   (Member)

I don't think anybody thought it was supposed to be a monkey.....

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I don't think anybody thought it was supposed to be a monkey.....

I dunno, that's how it was often described through the decades. It is certainly within the vocal range of some South American monkeys, in terms of pitch and volume.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Classic money jungle cry thread is classically posted in wrong FSM jungle forum.

You mean monkey? smile

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I always thought it was the sound of an exotic bird.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Classic money jungle cry thread is classically posted in wrong FSM jungle forum.

You mean monkey? smile


Yes. Show me the monkey! ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I always thought it was the sound of an exotic bird.

Yeah, me too.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I always thought it was the sound of an exotic bird.

Yeah, me too.


You have clearly not spent as much time as I have over the years in auditioning monkey sound effects.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2021 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   michaelbean510   (Member)

I always thought it was Jane... big grin

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2021 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Finally some information I can use...

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2021 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Finally some information I can use...

It's incredible that this is not more well-known, isn't it? This is probably one of the most-used sound effects of all time, not just in film, but also on LPs. Everyone just assumes that it is an African jungle sound, but it is from Australia!

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

The only reason I knew this was because I majored in Anthropology in college with an emphasis on Primatology and Hominid Evolution. Otherwise, I would have been completely fooled!

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

It's incredible that this is not more well-known, isn't it? This is probably one of the most-used sound effects of all time, not just in film, but also on LPs. Everyone just assumes that it is an African jungle sound, but it is from Australia!

What's incredible is anyone thinking this has any bearing on soundtrack music. And that because they didn't know about it, the rest of the world must be equally ignorant.
But that's okay. We understand. wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Here's another good, if brief video!

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

This is really good too, very close to the Tarzan sound effect. I wonder if he studied the sound effect and imitated it.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I've never thought it was supposed to be a monkey even when I watched these films as a child, nor have I have ever heard or read about it described as a "monkey cry" and it was never matched to on screen monkeys. I always assumed it was a bird.
I've known for at least 40 years it was Kookaburra and native to Australia. It's used in just about every "jungle" film including South Seas, South America, Asia, etc. and in many with no monkeys at all.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Can't wait for the next breaking soundtrack news:
"CEO Golden Parachutes not parachutes nor made of gold! You read it here first on FSM!"

To be fair, I used to think it was a monkey cry when I was a kid, given the movie settings it was played over.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2021 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I've never thought it was supposed to be a monkey even when I watched these films as a child, nor have I have ever heard or read about it described as a "monkey cry" and it was never matched to on screen monkeys. I always assumed it was a bird.
I've known for at least 40 years it was Kookaburra and native to Australia. It's used in just about every "jungle" film including South Seas, South America, Asia, etc. and in many with no monkeys at all.


Color me impressed! You learned this 40 years before I did!

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2021 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"One of the Stock Sound Effects that pop up whenever films, cartoons or TV series depict a jungle environment with a Noisy Nature is the cackling laugh of the kookaburra, which sounds something like: "OOOOOO-HOOO-OOO-HOO-HOO-AHAHAHAHA" and is often assumed to be a monkey by people unfamiliar with the bird. It doesn't help much that we typically hear the sound without actually seeing the animal making it, thus adding to the confusion."

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras

 
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