The Castle Thunder is a sound effect that consists the sound of a loud thunderclap during a thunderstorm. It was originally recorded for the 1931 Universal film Frankenstein, and has since been featured in a dozen films, television programs, and commercials until at least the 1990s, including many animated films produced by Disney.
Films and Shorts
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - Heard after Snow White is poisoned to death.
- Bambi (1942) - Heard before the Little April Shower song.
- Make Mine Music (1946) shorts: Casey at the Bat and Willie the Operatic Whale - Heard during a storm in Mudville and during one before the harpoon from Tetti-Tatti's boat was lose from it after Willie the Whale was harpooned.
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - Heard before the scene where Captain Nemo is playing the organ as well as during the Giant Squid attack.
- Peter Pan (1953) - Heard right when the bomb explodes.
- The Vanishing Prairie (1954) - Heard as a thunderstorm arrives to quell the wildfires.
- Lady and the Tramp (1955) - Heard as Lady's fantasy sequence cuts to her in a leaky doghouse on a stormy night, and again when we transition to the night Jim Jr. is born, as well as when Aunt Sarah is awakened by Tramp and the rat's fight and Jim Jr.'s crying. A slowed-down version is also heard several times from the beginning of the storm prior to the rat fight up to the end of it.
- The Littlest Outlaw (1955) - Heard as the train with Pablito and Conquistador on board makes its way to San Miguel during a thunderstorm.
- The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) - Heard as Andrews and his men meet on a hillside after dark to plan their trek to Chattanooga.
- Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Heard multiple times during scenes featuring Maleficent. It is first heard twice when she shows up at Aurora's christening and escapes after she places her curse on her. It is later heard as lightning flashes around her castle on the Forbidden Mountain. It is also heard when she uses lightning to attack her Goons and Prince Phillip.
- Babes in Toyland (1961) - Played when Barnaby's House is first seen.
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) - Heard during the night Pongo and Perdita's puppies are born.
- In Search of the Castaways (1962) - Played three times before the mangrove tree is set on fire by a lightning strike.
- The Sword in the Stone (1963) - Heard when Merlin casts a blizzard over Sir Ector.
- The Incredible Journey (1963) - Heard when Tao has to take shelter in a hollow log from the storm.
- Mary Poppins (1964) - Heard after the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song.
- The Jungle Book (1967) - Heard during the vulture scenes and during the final battle against Shere Khan.
- The Aristocats (1970) - Heard after Duchess and her kittens end up lost in the country.
- Robin Hood (1973) - The slowed-down version is heard a few times during the thunderstorm when many of Nottingham's residents are in jail and when Friar Tuck is arrested by the Sheriff of Nottingham.
- The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) - Heard as Russell Donovan struggles to send Bobby, Clovis, and Celia to bed.
- Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - It's featured in the first Star Wars film, courtesy of Ben Burtt, and can be heard during the trench run sequence on the Death Star.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) - Heard during the thunderstorm in the Hundred Acre Wood.
- The Rescuers (1977) - Heard during the film's opening.
- Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979) - Heard during the rocket launch.
- Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) - Heard during the stormy jungle sequence when Prindle, Quinn, and Shepard find the gold, and as Herbie drives through the jungle looking for Paco.
- Popeye (1980) - Heard during the opening credits before transitioning to the musical number "Sweethaven".
- The Fox and the Hound (1981) - Heard after Tod is left in the game preserve by Widow Tweed.
- The Great Mouse Detective (1986) - Heard a lot of times: while Basil tells Dawson and Olivia about Ratigan, and during the Big Ben climax.
- The Brave Little Toaster (1987) - After Toaster's nightmare ends when Blanky is blown away by the wind.
- The Little Mermaid (1989) - Heard a few times during the storm sequence and once briefly during the final battle against Ursula.
- DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) - Heard while Scrooge is in jail, looking out to his money bin which is now owned by Dijon.
- Chicken Little (1943) - Heard when the fox fakes a thunderstorm on the title character, waving a small piece of metal to simulate thunder.
- Chips Ahoy (1956) - Donald Duck makes thunder sounds by banging a metal fuel container with his foot while playing tricks on Chip and Dale.
- Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) - Heard during the thunderstorm in the Hundred Acre Wood.
- Frankenweenie (1984) - A lightning bolt strikes the rod to bring Sparky back to life.
- DuckTales (1987) - Used more than once.
- TaleSpin (1990) - Used more than once.
- Sofia the First - Heard once in episodes "The Amulet and the Anthem" and "The Elf Situation".
- Elena and the Secret of Avalor - when the dark clouds surround over the Avalor castle.
- Toy Story of Terror! - during the horror film sequence
- The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland) - Heard right when the Ghost Host says, "Of course, there's always my way," and then during the panting hall tour.
- Timon and Pumbaa's Virtual Safari - Heard during the following:
1.0 - After a big clap of thunder crashes before Timon jumps out of the boat. 1.5 - During the Haunted Mansion tour