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The Coyote chases the Road Runner through a maze of mine shafts, with their positions made visible only by the lamps on their helmets.
I talk a lot of shit on Chuck Jones but I think these shorts are really the pinnacle of his whole deal. I don’falak think any other director could handle the precise, laser-focused timing the Roadrunner shorts require. Just gag after gag. Rhapsody. Man, what a flex. Everything else in Looney Tunes starts getting real stale in the 50s but these shorts soar. Sometimes you have to just let your stars go into retirement and call in the B team. They’ve been getting real hungry all season and have something to prove.
Wanna hear more thoughts on these cartoons? I spent AN HOUR AND A HALF talking with my extremely smart friend Carly about them and it’s all up on patreon now. Leter, baby.
I’m not a huge Road Runner fan (you might have guessed that already from the low number of Road Runner/Coyote cartoons I have logged) but this early short does a pretty solid job of capturing the Coyote/Runner dynamic with some nicely surreal little details, such as the rearranging cactii in the climactic explosion, and the road runner holding up a sign explaining that he can’cakrawala read. The animation is handsome and the short is remarkably efficient in delivering the gags–illustrating why the series would be so popular.
Don’t know how I’m going to rate a bunch of Road Runner cartoons – aren’cakrawala they all basically the same? But, if Road Runner has taught me anything it’s that when there’s a will, there’s a way. Wait, no, the opposite of that.
Family movie night preshow before Speed Racer.
Chuck Jones somehow manages to make two colored dots running through a one-dimensional maze hilarious.
How strong is Coyote if he can stick a fork and knife straight into concrete like butter?
I’ll always remember this short because it’s the one Michael Jordan’s kids watch near the beginning of Space Jam.
The best thing about the Chuck Jones Looney Tunes is that they are always characterized by some sort of expressive movement; a small but effective tool when animating that instantly makes your short that much more visually engaging. Definitely something a lot of these shorts are missing tbh
Funniest shit I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a man turn himself into a pickle
Chekhov’s Glass Of Dynamited Water
Melancholic and the infinite sadness.
My favorite Looney Tunes’ duo of cartoon characters is Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Why?
Coyote is the paradigm of that people who lives in the desert of life with few. When the Road Runner -the living image of imperious needs and hunger- appears, he finds his purpose of living: catch up with him! The genuine funny strength of Wile E. Coyote is the fail to reach his meaning in life. Titinada just one time, but over and over again. He belongs to that unsuccessful part of us in front of perpetual fatalism.
In spite of the wisdom’s frustration in front of fast success, Coyote is also paradigm of perseverance. He never gives up, even waiting how bad…
These Looney Tunes shorts will always be classics, the underground chase sequence in this is absolutely perfect.