The Wilhelm scream is a scream sound effect which was introduced in the 1951 film Distant Drums. It is used as an in-joke, as it appeared in many animated films, most notably from Disney and DreamWorks Animations, comedy films, action films and all Star Wars films. It has appeared in many Pixar films, and is most recently used in The Radiator Springs 500½. The running gag is similar to other Pixar running gags, A113 and the Pizza Planet truck.
Pixar films and shorts that use the Wilhelm scream
- Toy Story (1995) - When Buzz Lightyear gets pushed out the window by a lamp; also when RC is flying in the air toward the moving truck and hits Potato Head.
- A Bug's Life A worker ant screams when the grasshoppers invade the colony.
- Cars (2006) - When a car gets zapped by a laser during Lightning McQueen's daydream of being sponsored by Dinoco.
- Your Friend the Rat (2007) - When an astronaut got frightened by another rat during the song "Plan B".
- Lifted (2007) - When Ernie falls off the crater at the very end credits.
- Up (2009) - When the dogs are falling off a cliff while attempting to chase Carl Fredricksen and Russell with the bird, a Wilhelm scream can be heard.
- George and A.J. (2009) - When one of the houses burrows down, the Wilhelm scream can be heard.
- Day & Night (2010) - During the movie scene when the cowboy shoots a man off-screen.
- Toy Story 3 (2010) - During the opening scene, while Andy and his toys are watching a "scary movie" during the "You've Got a Friend in Me" sequence, a Wilhelm scream can be heard.
- Cars 2 (2011) - When the cars in the Ye Left Turn Inn beat Grem and Acer up.
- The Legend of Mor'du (2012) - When Mor'du throws down soldiers from a rock, the Wilhelm scream can be heard.
- Monsters University (2013) - When Mike unknowingly runs over a student with the floor waxer.
- The Radiator Springs 500½ (2014) - When the Baja pros fall down a cliff while chasing McQueen.