For the sound of the claws exiting and entering Wolverine’s flesh, they combined the sound of a blade being drawn from its sheath with the sounds of cracking nuts and, once again, chicken. (Photo: Marvel Comics/Release)
It’s reported that a four-month-old cinnamon bear contributed much of the material, though there have also been rumors that three other bears, a badger, a lion, a seal, and a walrus from Long Beach may have also given the voice of Chewbacca (Photo: 20th Century Fox/Release)
Director David Fincher wanted to set a new standard in the sound effects of someone landing a punch. He experimented with pigs’ feet hitting meat for a more interesting sound. He then tried cracking walnuts inside chicken carcasses as well as shattering the chicken carcasses with baseball bats. (Photo: 20th Century Fox/Release)
The howls of the wargs, for instance, were simply recordings of sound designer David Farmer and a pack of real dogs. Some, however, were a bit more complex. The orcs of Moria definitely took more effort: : baby elephant seals. They were perfect for the smallest orcs. (Photo: WingNut Films/Release)
One of the most morbidly funny scenes in Jurassic Park is the moment where Martin Ferrero’s character, Donald Gennaro, is eaten by the T-rex while on the toilet. The sound was simply a happy horse munching on a corncob. (Photo: Universal Studios/Release)
MGM Studios claims that Weissmuller’s voice was actually supplemented with the howl of a hyena, a soprano’s high C, the pluck of a violin, and the bleat of a camel. (Photo: MGM/Release)
The pain reactions were supplied by sea lions, while the more aggressive noises came from lions and tigers (Photo: WingNut Films/Release)
Ben Burtt combined slowed down elephant noises from a movie about a team off people trying to save African elephants from extinction with the sound of cars driving on wet pavement. (Photo: 20th Century Fox/Release)
The designers used a combination of the squeal of a baby elephant, an alligator’s gurgling, and a tiger’s growl for the chilling roar of the T-rex (Photo: Universal Studios/Release)
Sound designers supported Frenzy speech and movement with the ticks of a metal wind-up clock and, strangely enough, the waveform cadence of the growls of a young cougar. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Release)
Considering that it would be impossible to accurately capture the sounds of animals from 65 million years ago, Jurassic Park sound designer Gary Rydstrom had to get creative. He slowed down various animal noises—from a baby elephant’s squeal to an alligator’s gurgling to a tiger’s snarl—to give the animals life (Photo: Universal Studios/Release)
The Balrog is pretty goddamned fearsome, in particular its hellacious bellowing roars. How did the sound of the Balrog take shape? By now you’re probably thinking it was the same as with the Jurassic Park dinosaurs — a bunch of dangerous animals and a microphone. (Photo: WingNut Films/Release)
Sound effects alone have a hand in determining the success or failure of a great movie in Hollywood. They add to every movement on the screen, and their timing is critical. Certain sound effects from our favorite movies are so iconic that the instant we hear them, we can envision the object or character they belong to. Most of us know the sound of the lightsabers from Star Wars without any visual representation, for example.
The interesting thing is that a lot of the time, animals are quite frequently the minor starts behind iconic sound effects. Here are the top twelve movie sound effects made by animals.