A Look at the Most Iconic “Roars” of All-Time

By allison vannest

We all yell. From soldiers shouting “Geronimo!” as they jump out of an airplane, to concert goers squealing “Freebird!” between songs, yelling has become a form of personal expression and — in the case of Lucasfilm — a way to help others.

Lucasfilm is partnering with UNICEF to encourage people to share their best “Wookiee Roar” from May 3 – 25, 2018. During that time, every like, share, or post using #RoarForChange unlocks $1 to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children — up to $1 million.

littleBits Founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir got in on the action!

Fun fact: littleBits’ Droid Inventor Kit comes with 20 authentic Star Wars sound effects PLUS you can record your own voice with the app for a more custom roar!

Feeling inspired? Let’s take a look at some of the most famous “roars” of all-time.

Leo the Lion

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has long featured “Leo the Lion” as its mascot and production logo. There have been seven different lions since 1916, but the current lion — which has been in use for 61 years — was actually named Leo. Listen to Leo’s iconic roar.


Actor Johnny Weissmuller first portrayed “the victory cry of the bull ape” in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) based on the literary character created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. While Weissmuller maintains that his rendition of Tarzan’s cry was his voice, alone, it’s been theorized that the sound was comprised of the growl of a dog, a soprano’s voice, the G string on a violin, a yodeler, the howl of a hyena recorded backward, or even a hog caller.


Believe it or not, Godzilla’s mighty roar is the product of musical instruments. “It was actually a double bass, using a leather glove coated in pine tar resin to create friction,” sound designer Erik Aadahl told NPR of the original Godzilla. “They’d rub it against the string of the double bass to create that sound.”

T. Rex

Jurassic Park (1993) sound designer Gary Rydstrom had to get creative with making the T. rex’s iconic rumble. He did this by slowing down various animal noises, including a baby elephant, an alligator, and a tiger.


According to an article in The Atlantic, “Wookiee talk comes from recordings of four bears, a badger, a lion, a seal, and a walrus from Long Beach.”

Roar for Change

What’s your favorite iconic roar? Whether it’s human, animal, or somewhere in between, we’d love to hear more about the cries that inspire you!

Be a #ForceForChange and show us your best Wookiee roar! For each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that includes #RoarForChange between May 3 – 25, 2018, Star Wars: Force for Change U.S. will donate $1 to UNICEF USA, up to $1 million. Funds will be used to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

Learn more at ForceForChange.com.


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