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This sound effect can be found on Hanna-Barbera Sound Effects Library, which was made by Sound Ideas. It should not be confused with any take of ADVANTAGE AUDIO FALL SOUND, nor SKYWALKER, WHISTLE - SHORT, DESCENDING WHISTLE.


  • First recorded: 1939
  • Creator: Fred McAlpin
  • Owner: MGM Cartoon Studio (1939-1957), Hanna-Barbera (1957-2001), Sound Ideas, (1993-present)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year debut: December 9, 1939
  • First heard: Peace on Earth
  • Area used: Worldwide

It was originally an MGM sound effect which made its debut in Peace on Earth in 1939, but was sparingly used (and only used when necessary) during the 40's and early 50's era of MGM cartoons, until after its use in the 1955 nominated cartoon Good Will To Men directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Since then, Hanna and Barbera used it as MGM's trademark falling whistle sound in the Tom & Jerry and Droopy Dog shorts in CinemaScope from 1955-1958. After the MGM cartoon studio shut down, they took the sound to their animation studio "Hanna-Barbera Productions" (along with several other MGM cartoon sounds) and used the sound as their trademark in most of their cartoons since 1957, from which the sound made its way to other studios in the 1960's.


Today, it's currently used as one of the more commonly used falling whistle cartoon sound heard in media today (namely Wabbit/New Looney Tunes), although it's not used too often in Japanese anime (with a few exceptions like PaRappa the Rapper: The Animation, Mirmo De Pon, and Girls Bravo). In the 2010’s, many people worldwide protested that this sound needs to be removed from media due to its overusage and annoyance, but the president at Sound Ideas declined that proposal due to its popularity and superiority.

Similar Variations

  • HollywoodEdge (Cartoon Trax Europe Edition), Roland UK - Animated Falling Whistle, from the HollywoodEdge (Cartoon Trax Europe Edition) sound effect library

Clean, Full-Length and Unedited Link to the Sound Effect


Used In

TV Shows

NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect in every TV show; not all Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or Disney Channel shows use this falling sound.

TV Specials

  • Boo Boo Runs Wild (1999)
  • Liberty and the Littles (1986)
  • Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) (slows down at end)
  • Nick's Thanksgiving Fest (1989)
  • Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012)
  • You're in Love, Charlie Brown (1967)


  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
  • The Angry Birds Movie (2016) (Heard once when Blue Bird falls in the background after getting kicked by Red Bird.)
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) (Heard as a pile of water balloons fall on Principal Krupp; Captain Underpants is about to fall onto the bank robbers after George and Harold burst an ape-shaped balloon; someone just throw a house away; Captain Underpants falls behind the Jerome Horwitz Elementary students after his cape is just ripped.)
  • The Cat in the Hat (2003)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  • The Croods (2013)
  • Despicable Me (2010) (Heard as a launched squid falls and Vector falls off of Gru's rocket.)
  • Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  • Despicable Me 3 (2017)
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) (Heard once in the opening sequence.)
  • Dot and the Whale (1986)
  • Duck Duck Goose (2018)
  • The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  • The Flintstones (1994)
  • Flushed Away (2006) (Heard as Spike falls into the can; The Toad throws Spike and Whitey to retrieve the cable; Spike falls into the junk box after using the fake cable instead of The Toad's own.)
  • George of the Jungle (1997)
  • George of the Jungle 2 (2003)
  • The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988)
  • Grand-Daddy Day Care (2019) (Heard briefly when an alarm falls off a ceiling.)
  • The Grinch (2018)
  • Happily Ever After (1993)
  • Here Come the Littles (1985)
  • Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964)
  • Home on the Range (2004)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) (Heard briefly as Sid falls toward the lava.)
  • Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) (Heard as an asteroid hits at the bottom of mountain rage in Buck's story; Granny falls from the dromaeosaurs after being punched by Gavin preceded by Sound Ideas, CARTOON, STRETCH - GUITAR BEND: LONG STRETCH AND RELEASE 01 and Sound Ideas, BOING, CARTOON - HOYT'S BOING.)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (Heard once, briefly, after the tank begins to fall off a ledge, and earlier from a launched car from the tank at +12 pitch.)
  • Inspector Gadget (1999)
  • Inspector Gadget 2 (2003)
  • Kronk's New Groove (2005)
  • The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave (2016)
  • The Little Rascals (1994) (Low Volume)
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) (Heard as Yosemite Sam on fire flies over Damian Drake's car while Bugs Bunny mistakes him for a shooting rocket.)
  • Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run (2015)
  • The Lorax (2012) (Heard once as some saliva falls onto the Once-Ler's face, shortened and followed by a similar whistle.)
  • Mickey's House of Villians (2002)
  • Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas (1999)
  • Minions (2015) (Heard as Scarlett drops an anvil on the Minions in a fantasy.)
  • Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
  • Open Season (2006)
  • Open Season 2 (2009)
  • Open Season 3 (2011) (Heard twice as a pear falls in front of Doug; during the end credits, Boog dives onto the river.)
  • Over the Hedge (2006) (Heard as Vincent's wheelcart falls on Gladys Sharp's car.)
  • The Pagemaster (1994)
  • The Peanuts Movie (2015) (Heard as a kite falls before it lets go of Charlie Brown.)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2003)
  • The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  • Return to Neverland (2002)
  • Rio 2 (2014)
  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
  • Sausage Party (2016)
  • Scooby-Doo (2002)
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost (2019)
  • Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988)
  • Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988)
  • Shrek the Third (2007)
  • Shrek Forever After (2010)
  • Smallfoot (2018)
  • The Smurfs 2 (2013) (A whistle nearly identical to this was heard in "The Smurfs" 2011 film.)
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) (Heard as Brainy Smurf falls onto Hefty Smurf's arms after his surfboard malfunctions preceded by Sound Ideas, CARTOON, WHIZZ - FAST WHIZZ BY; a mouse drops an ice ball on Gargamel; the bridge falls while being damaged; Gargamel, Arazel and Monty fly from Gargamel's lair.)
  • Space Jam (1996) (Heard as Michael Jordan lands into the Looney Tunes world followed by Sound Ideas, CARTOON, WHISTLE - FALL WHISTLE, MEDIUM 01; a basketball falls on top of Daffy Duck.)
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
  • UglyDolls (2019)
  • The Wild (2006)
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011) (Heard as Pooh throws a honey jar onto Owl in the hole; Piglet and Tigger falling into the whole may be mistaken for a slide whistle slump)
  • Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
  • Yogi's Great Escape (1987)
  • Zapped (2014)


  • Ape Escape (2002 CG Shorts)
  • Barney Bear (Heard once in "The Bear and The Hare," "Barney's Hungry Cousin," and "Half-Pint Palomino.")
  • Bunny and Claude (We Rob Carrot Patches) (1968) (Short)
  • Chimp and Zee (1968) (Short)
  • The ChubbChubbs (2002) (Shorts)
  • Cool Cat (1967) (Short)
  • DC Super Hero Girls
  • Disney Fairies
  • Droopy Dog
  • Fiesta Fiasco (1967) (Short)
  • Flash in the Pain (2016) (Shorts)
  • Go Away Stowaway (1967) (Short)
  • Good Will to Men (1955) (Heard for motar shells, including when the preacher whistles to mimic it, in various pitches and similar whistles of air.)
  • Hippydrome Tiger (1968) (Short)
  • Hocus Pocus Pow Wow (1968) (Short)
  • Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992)
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (Heard once in "1967-1968 cartoons" only.)
  • Loopy De Loop
  • Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension (1996) (Shorts)
  • MGM Cartoons
  • Once Upon a Mouse (1981) (Short)
  • Peace on Earth (1939) (Debut, used at least once or twice)
  • Ren Höek & Stimpy: Big House Blues (1990)
  • Rodent to Stardom (1967) (Short)
  • Skyscraper Caper (1968) (Short)
  • Speedy Ghost to Town (1967) (Short)
  • Tokyo Mater (2008) (Short)
  • Tom & Jerry (Often heard in the mid-50's Hanna and Barbera era cartoons, and in some Chuck Jones era cartoons in lower pitches.)



  • Calvistop (2019)


  • Super Game Boy French Commercial - Wario Land


  • Calvistop (2019)


  • Cadbury - Cadbury Land (1998)


  • Brain Warp (1996)
  • Domino's - Dr. Cravin Strikes Back (1998)
  • Fox/NFL TV Ads (1999-2000)
  • Plymouth Commercials - Road Runner (1968-1969)
  • Trix Commercial: Fruitiest (2000)

Live Events

  • LIVE from Hot Wheels City! | Hot Wheels

Video Games


  • Animaniacs Game Pack (1997) (Video Game) (Heard in the "Baloney's Balloon Bop" game)
  • Ultimate Writing and Creativity Center (Video Game)

Nintendo 64:

  • Mischief Makers (Heard every time Marina falls from a great height.)

Nintendo Gamecube:

  • Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

Sega Dreamcast:

  • Sonic Adventure

Sony PlayStation:

  • Skullmonkeys (1998) (Video Game)

Game Boy Advance:

  • Gakuen Alice: Dokidoki Fushigi Taiken (Heard in very bad quality.)

Nintendo DS:

  • Aura-Aura Climber (Heard every time Aura-Aura falls.)
  • Yoshi's Island DS


  • Bartender: The Right Mix


  • Toon Disney - Hercules Promo (2003)
  • Toon Disney: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Promo (2003)
  • Zoog Disney Promos


  • Cartoon Network Bumpers (1995)
  • Cartoon Network Station ID: "Secret Squirrel - Grappling Hook"
  • Fox Kids Bumper (1994)


  • Lilo & Stitch: Beauty and the Beast (2002) (Teasers)


  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) (Trailers)
  • The Angry Birds Movie (2016) (Trailers)
  • Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) (Trailers)
  • The Grinch (2018) (Trailers)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002) (Trailers) (Heard once in the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer.)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) (Trailers) (Heard in a low volume in the 2007 DVD trailer.)
  • Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume One (2007) (Trailers)
  • Smallfoot (2018) (Trailers) (unknown trailer version number)
  • The Tigger Movie (2000) (Trailers)
  • UglyDolls (2019) (Trailers)

TV Spots

  • A Goofy Movie (1995) (TV Spots)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) (TV Spots)
  • Return to Neverland (2002) (TV Spots)
  • UglyDolls (2019) (TV Spots)


  • Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters Preview (2001)
  • Winnie the Pooh VHS Promos (Heard once in the "Playtime Videos Promo.")

Other Media

  • Hanna-Barbera: Cartoon Sound FX (1994) (Other Media)
  • Hanna-Barbera Records - Drop-Ins Volume One (1965) (Others Media)

Theme Parks

  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (Heard briefly in the pre-show.)
  • Mickey's ToonTown (Heard in an area where you push down on a liver, and the fireworks are heard bursting.)
  • Muppet*Vision 3D (Theme Parks) (Heard once in the "Pre-Show" only.)
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (Theme Parks)

Home Videos

  • Golden Book Video (Heard once in "Golden Jungle Tales" and "3 Richard Scarry Tales.")
  • Sesame Street - Let's Eat!: Funny Food Songs (1998)
  • Sing a Song with Tigger (2000) (Heard during the song "Round my family tree.")
  • Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures (1996) (Heard twice in the intro.)

Web Originals

  • Brody Foxx's Yo Mama Series
  • Mario's Goal Calamity (2015) (Shorts)
  • The Nostalgia Critic (Heard once in "Hulk 2003.")

YouTube Videos

  • Bandana Dee Sweet Danger (2016) (Shorts)
  • Cayby's Comic Frenzy Volume 2, by Cayby J aka Cayby Two (Heard in a Rugratsplosion skit)
  • davemadson's Videos (especially commonly LT Intro Bloopers.) (Heard when someone falls.)
  • If Video Games were in Minecraft 2, by JerryandHarry (Heard in Angry Birds skit)
  • If Video Games were in Minecraft 4, by JerryandHarry (Heard in Learn to Fly skit)
  • Minecraft Parody - EMOJI MOVIE! - (Minecraft Animation), by Minute Minecraft Parodies (Only the first few seconds are heard when High Five falls.)
  • Minecraft Trolling: Fake Chunk Error, by JerryandHarry (Heard in the Nether skit)
  • Moon Of Darkness, by The Classic Dreamer
  • Puyo Puyo Animation Karma, by Luna PrincessNinjato
  • Puyo Puyo Fever 2 Waku Waku Animated Raffine’s arc ep3, by Luna PrincessNinjato
  • Joe & Jon Plays - Ren & Stimpy Time Warp (SNES)
  • Smosh's Shut Up Cartoon Videos (Heard in the opening logo.)
  • SSSniperWolf has been known to occasionally use this sound in skits as well as in her GTA 5 videos when someone or something falls from a great height.
  • Victor Tanzig (Heard once in "The Stories of Sodor: Vistor".)
  • YTP - Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit, by Simbaholic (Heard in 4x speed when it turns upside down and Oswald falls upside down off the Universal earth logo.)
  • YTP Tennis Round 23 - POE Heroes are ready to defeat Gree Dalek (Heard twice, First Gree Dalek gets thrown into the Looney Tunes Intro rings after gets beaten up, Second, Kirby falls after fart floating trick up in the sky.)


Note: The sound isn't used too often in anime, with a few exceptions if the H-B sounds are heavily used.

  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Heard once in the OVA.)
  • DragonBall Z Abridged (TeamFourStar) (Heard once in a deleted scene.)
  • Girls Bravo
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (Heard once in Episode 13.)
  • Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi (Low Pitched)
  • Mirmo De Pon
  • PaRappa the Rapper: The Animation (Used heavily.)
  • Spider Riders
  • Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land

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