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Wookie Roar
May 18, 2005 10:42 AM   Subscribe

How do I do a wookie roar with only my voice?
posted by brownpau to Pets & Animals (26 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
Is this like some kind of Koan?
posted by TonyRobots at 10:55 AM on May 18, 2005


From this page, which is an article about Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt:

Chewie was actually a baby brown bear called "Pooh" whom, Burtt jokes, they didn't feed for a few days, then teased with bread soaked in milk. That sound was then overlaid with dogs and a stranded walrus.

So, first, get a baby brown bear, deny it sustenance for a while, and learn to imitate the frustrated growlings that result when you tease it with snacks.

Then, pay close attention to your dog's vocalizations.

Next, strand a walrus, and listen carefully. I'm sure we would all be very interested to hear your success in this endeavor. I stranded a walrus once, and, boy, do I have some stories!

Finally, read this book (in all seriousness, it's a great resource for this kind of thing). Lots of great tips on growls and animal noises.
posted by Dr. Wu at 10:56 AM on May 18, 2005


Trill your tongue on the roof of your mouth, open and constrict your throat while shoving your fists into the air. At first you'll sound like one of the Sand People, but you'll get the hang of it with practice.
posted by sciurus at 11:04 AM on May 18, 2005


gargle without any liquid in your mouth
posted by freudianslipper at 11:09 AM on May 18, 2005


This is one of my favorite questions ever.
posted by sourwookie at 11:10 AM on May 18, 2005


Wow. I just noticed my user name. However, I can't help you.
posted by sourwookie at 11:11 AM on May 18, 2005


wow, freudianslipper that was really well-put. have you answered that question before?
posted by poppo at 11:12 AM on May 18, 2005


So how do we write the wookie roar?

Glglglglaaachghhhh?
posted by Specklet at 11:15 AM on May 18, 2005


haha no but i'm infamous around my friends for performing chewie.

also, the flirtatious *growl* can be done in much the same way.
posted by freudianslipper at 11:16 AM on May 18, 2005 [1 favorite]


Harland Williams can do Chewie- rent one of his stand ups (or if hard pressed, "Sorority Boys,") and watch his throat to see how he does it. I'm guessing the "gargle with nothing in your mouth" method freudianslipper suggested is right on the money.
posted by headspace at 11:25 AM on May 18, 2005


Wow! A question I can actually contribute to. I don't know whether to be proud or depressed...

What freudianslipper said. And, as you do that, try to make various vowel sounds (er, ah, ooh). Also, cup your hands around your mouth for a good muted effect. My friend and I do this at work to identify our locations - we're weird, what can I say.

And I also second what Dr. Wu said - Fred Newman does a good job explaining a topic that is difficult to explain.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 11:33 AM on May 18, 2005


I'm embarrassed to admit this, but...

It's easier if you start like you're about to let out a big, loud yawn, and then like freudianslipper said, go into a dry gargle.

Wow, that's the strangest sentence I've written in a long time.
posted by Gamblor at 12:14 PM on May 18, 2005


*whew* wipes eyes and monitor.

Thanks guys, just spit water all over from laughing.
posted by defcom1 at 12:40 PM on May 18, 2005


Some sort of mix between yawning/dry gargle/Rocky yelling Adrian...

Yeah, that should do it...

Yeaargghhruhguhooo!
posted by schyler523 at 12:43 PM on May 18, 2005


Dammit, I'm sitting here at my desk now with this overwhelming urge to just stand up and let one of those Wookie battle-cries rip at full volume over the top of my cubicle. But I have a feeling that might sour things with my new employer.
posted by Gamblor at 12:54 PM on May 18, 2005


My friend and I do this at work to identify our locations - we're weird, what can I say.

Any one else curious about where ObscureReferenceMan and his friend work? My imagination supplies a large room divided into cubicles like an egg crate. A man stands up, he dry gargles, another man stands and replies. What do all the other workers do? Applaud? Head for hyperspace?
posted by Cranberry at 12:54 PM on May 18, 2005


Yup - cube farm. And our "mode C interrogation" does cause some prairie-dogging...
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 1:15 PM on May 18, 2005


And our "mode C interrogation" does cause some prairie-dogging...

That has to be the dorkiest thing I have ever ever read here. Awsome!
posted by Mid at 1:41 PM on May 18, 2005


Dammit, I'm sitting here at my desk now with this overwhelming urge to just stand up and let one of those Wookie battle-cries rip at full volume over the top of my cubicle. But I have a feeling that might sour things with my new employer.

Wow. I just found my username contained in someone's post.
posted by sourwookie at 2:04 PM on May 18, 2005


Yep, do this all the time.
Yep, do it like a dry gargle.
Yep, work at a cube farm.
Yep.... I'm a dork.

But damn, there's nothin' finer than a loud belting wookie call at 5:30pm when everyone else has left.
posted by id at 2:55 PM on May 18, 2005


Geez you guys, it's Wookiee.

*sigh* I would expected more from MeFites. :-)
posted by DakotaPaul at 4:09 PM on May 18, 2005


DakotaPaul beat me to it.

*grumble-damn nerf herders-grumble*
posted by deborah at 6:08 PM on May 18, 2005


It's too bad you didn't word the question as "How do I make a Wookiee roar with only my voice?" Because then the answer would be: say "Out of my way, you walking carpet."
posted by kindall at 7:34 PM on May 18, 2005


Well, all I can seem to make with the above methods is hissy retchy noises which sound more like Yoda being sodomized. But to the consternation of my neighbors, I will persevere in my endeavors.

kindall - I got as far as Preview and had my pointer over the "Post" button with "How do I make a Wookie roar?" before I realized the double meaning of that.
posted by brownpau at 8:18 PM on May 18, 2005


Got it. A tiny amount of spit is needed, and it does work better when you tilt your head back and show fists into the air. Thanks, Ask Metafilter!
posted by brownpau at 11:45 PM on May 18, 2005


s/show/shove ^^
posted by brownpau at 11:48 PM on May 18, 2005


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