Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones Easter Egg - Who Screamed?

What has become a tradition of sorts is the "Wilhelm," the affectionate moniker given to a very distinct scream sound effect used in all of the Star Wars films (and quite a few non-Star Wars films too). In A New Hope, it's the stormtrooper that plummets down the Death Star chasm. In Episode II, it's a Naboo soldier thrown in the opening explosion of the film.

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The Wilhelm scream was recorded for "Distant Drums" in 1951, for a man being bitten by an alligator and dragged underwater. It was used for several natives being shot earlier in the film as well. In "Charge at Feather River" (1953), Ralph Brooke played Pvt. Wilhelm, and the scream was used for his character getting an arrow in the leg - but it was not his actual scream. Ben Burtt, the Star Wars Sound Designer, named the scream after Brooke's character... and has used it as a "sound signature." A small group of sound editors, including myself, Richard Anderson, Mark Mangini, Chris Boyes, and a few others continue to use it as well. I have a growing list of Wilhelm appearances on my website: http://www.HollywoodLostAndFound.net/wilhelm - take a look! - Steve Lee
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Zoid writes:
The sound of the Tie Fighters moving are NOT of any cat "miaowing" and being slowed down at all. According to a CD titled by LucasArts (a gaming company owned by George Lucas - if you didn't know) called "Star Wars: Behind The Magic", the Tie Fighter movement sound is actually a combination of two sounds: 1) an elephant scream, and 2) the sound of a car (I forget if it's a specific car) speeding down a high way. If you listen carefully to a Tie Fighter sound, you can probably pick up on it. I can... barely.
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The TIE Fighter is not a "cat." It was indeed created using an elephant roar Ben Burtt found in the old FOX sound library. For more info on Star Wars sounds, look here: http://www.filmsound.org/starwars
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solid_snake writes:
Yeah, I can't believe this isn't ranked higher. This is classic stuff.
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Mike writes:
Another re-used sound effect is taken from 'EPI TPM'. In the arena during the Jedi battle, the Reek attack beast,(the one with the horns) makes the same roaring noise as Sebulba's pod racer engines. What did happen to Trivia eegs?
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The Evil Pig writes:
That scream is in every episode of Primeval.
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Rodolfo writes:
Of course it isn't ranked higher!! Everybody knows almost every film recicles sounds. Just listen carefully, there are many sounds like Sim City's "Bzzz" or a crazy scream like "awleoooo" that apear on 75% of the american movies.
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HairyOtter writes:
How can such an obvious point cause so much consternation? Sound effects are often shared between films and even computer games. (ie, the karate sound effects on IK+ are lifted straight from Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon). Far more interesting is the point that the sound effect of the Tie-Fighters in episodes 4,5 + 6 is actually a recording of George Lucas's cat 'miaowing' and slowed down. Record it and speed it up if you don't believe it! The Tie-Fighter laser beam sound effect is a metal strip being whipped around a metal pole. These are FACTS people (though probably not easter eggs).
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