The people responsible for sound tracks in films do not always give this small owl proper voice-over credit. A serious blooper of this kind occurred in My Cousin Vinny. Vinny had been sleep deprived ever since his arrival down South, where the noises of the small Alabama town would not let him get a good night’s rest. Finally a stay in a woodland cabin offered the potential for a peaceful 8 hours, until the piercing voice of a screech owl made Vinny jump awake in wide-eyed consternation.
Except the voice we hear in the film is not that of a screech owl. It’s a barn owl! The owl in the film was induced to open its mouth with bits of beef, and the voice was dubbed in later. Apparently the sound editors just went to their collection of owl noises, found one that sounded screechy and threw it in.