Where to get pro toon sound FX, cheap

Sound. It’s what makes a cartoon come alive. So, where to get high-quality sound FX for toons? There are two big studio CDs of sound FX that you can currently buy used at fairly cheap prices on Amazon.

1) The ”Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Sound FX” CD was published in 1994 by Rhino. “No commercial use”, but presumably amateur use is fine.

Apparently this was a budget digest CD culled from an earlier and much larger four-CD collection (no longer available for sale) which is described on Wikipedia…

“Sound Ideas released a four-CD set entitled ”The Hanna-Barbera Sound FX Library”, featuring nearly all of the original H-B sound effects used from 1957 to 1990 […]. The sound effects were digitally remastered, so they would fit easily on new digital soundtracks. A fifth CD was added in 1996, entitled ”Hanna-Barbera Lost Treasures”, and featured more sound effects including sounds from ”Space Ghost” and ”The Impossibles”.”

2) The Warner Bros. equivalent CD is Crash Bang Boom: The Best of WB Sound FX published by Rhino in 2000. There are apparently 98 FX on the CD, but it’s less useful because you’ll need to rip the CD and then edit — as the CD is padded out by having the sound FX linked by narration and voice skits. This is apparently the list of FX on the WB CD…

  Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
  Who’s There?
  Banana Peel
  Daffy’s Plane Crash
  Big Blow Up
  Party Horns
  Seems Like Yesterday…
  Big Fat Kiss
  Ain’t I a Hoot?
  Nuttin’ Like a Little Shut-Eye
  Yippi
  Hiccup
  Ouch
  Funny Animals
  Headache
  My New Car
  C-C-C-Cold!
  Something I Said?
  Monster
  Fast Talker
  Why Me?
  There They Go Go Go
  Klonk
  Woops
  Youch
  Whoa
  Falling
  Falling…Ouch
  Funny Fall
  Oww!
  Slip
  Paper Parasol Commercial
  Look Out
  Collision
  Falling Rock
  Rock Fell
  Marvin the Martian’s Message
  Wild Uproar
  Wild Roar
  Road Rage
  Ooh, That Smarts
  Arf
  More Funny Animal
  Another Monster
  Funny Growl
  Weird Vibes
  Outer Space
  Emergency
  Evil Laughter
  Mom’s Reaction
  Tweety’s Message
  Welcome to Wackyland
  Daffy Duck Tries to Read Poetry
  To Drink, Beep, Chain Saw, Paper Rattle, Flying Duck, Voo-Bah Voo-Bah,
  Funny Bonks
  Funny Car
  Gizmo
  Funny Cork Pop
  Wild Corks
  Out of Steam
  Funny Gulp
  Big Slide
  Sylvester’s Message
  Tunnel Paint Commercial
  Shloop
  Big Train
  Big Horn
  Big Crash
  Pepe le Pew’s Message
  Two Dogs, a Bird, and a Bone
  Ah Choo-Choo
  Whee
  Slide Whistle
  Zip
  Ha-Ha
  Gezundheit
  Goofy Gizmo Explosion
  Rapunzel
  Tower Construction
  Hair She Comes
  Tweety’s Tewephone
  Screech
  Heart-Beeps
  Catastrophe
  Falling Cat
  Marching Pink Elephants
  Daffy Duck’s Message
  Porky Pig’s Message
  Big Balloon, the Big Gulp, Tarzan’s Last Swing, Going Down?, High W
  Happy Birthday from Bugs Bunny
  Happy Birthday from Marvin the Martian
  Good Egg
  Marvin’s Lab I
  Earthquake Tablets Commercial
  Plop/Fizz
  Gulp
  Avalanche
  That’s All Folks/Merrily We Roll Along

Keep in mind also that WB are a company with a record of being very trigger-happy on claiming copyright infringement.

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