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The Talking Moose XP

By The Talking Moose Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Oct 17, 2012

The Talking Moose is a desktop utility that features a funny animated cartoon-like moose that will pop up when least expected and deliver a funny line, a witty quote, or insult the user. There are versions of The Talking Moose for the Mac and mobile devices as well as Windows, and the moose even has his own Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

The Talking Moose has been around in electronic form since 1986 and was one of the first animated figures on computers. Once installed the user will see the interface with links to the official Talking Moose Website and links to the website of the creator. Once the application is started, The Talking Moose can pop-up at any time with any one of over 1600 different insults or jokes that will play over the speakers of the PC, laptop, or Mac. You can modify the moose's comments and limit how frequently it pops up, but you can't control exactly when the character pops up. The Talking Moose senses when the user does certain tasks like opening the Control Panel and will make an audible note of it. The audio quality of The Talking Moose is better on Mac machines than Windows, but there are plenty of websites where the user can download more pleasing voices.

The Talking Moose downloads and boots up quickly on most machines though some users may experience problems getting the utility to launch if their ActiveX Objects are not up to date. If you like the unexpected or just need something to break up the daily dullness, The Talking Moose is a fun app that requires you to do nothing more than install and enjoy.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5

Version 5 has weather functionality added, speak windows functionality added, Moose text Web browser functionality added to Say It, and other improvements.


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added April 9, 2008
Version 5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP


Total Downloads 113,709
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

The Talking Moose is a fun desktop enhancement that is actually an animated Moose character which will pop up on your screen and either tells jokes, says witty quotes, compliments you, or simply insults you. Watch your friends reactions when your computer talks out of the blue saying things like The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets. The Moose uses text to speech technology that allows you to program him to say anything you want.

Right click on The Moose icon in the system tray and select Moose Phrases. You can then select the following categories: Greetings, Random Phrases, and Goodbyes. It also includes a game in which he interacts with called The Bird Race. Version 5 has weather functionality added, speak windows functionality added, Moose text Web browser functionality added to Say It, and other improvements.