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Fast and Furry-ous (1949)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  17 September 1949 (USA)
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The very first cartoon in Warner Bros. popular Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner series of cartoons. This one has the Coyote chasing the Roadrunner using a rather ingenious invention combining a fridge, a meat grinder, ice cubes, and skis.

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In their first appearance in a Warner Bros. cartoon, the Coyote (Carnivorous vulgaris) and The Road Runner (Accelerati incredibulis) launch their neverending series of chases through the desert, and The Coyote begins his relationship with the Acme Corporation in his quest for the perfect Road Runner-catching device. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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The 'Road Runner' comics were very different from the cartoons: the Road Runner was named Papa Beep, he had three children called the little Beeps (and, in the picture book, a grandfather named Bigbeak Beep, all of whom were depicted as being identical to the cartoon Road Runner). In addition, the Coyote spoke and so did the Road Runner and his children (they spoke in rhyme except for the picture book, which was put out by Golden Books). See more »

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When Wile is tossing the boomerang up and down his tail disappears for a few frames. See more »

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In My Merry Oldsmobile
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A so-so start for a series that would churn out some far superior episodes
18 August 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones's 'Fast and Furry-ous' was the first installment in what went on to be one of the most popular Warner Bros. cartoon series; the Road Runner shorts. Despite being universally referred to as the Road Runner cartoons, the undisputed star of the series is Wile E. Coyote, the scrawny obsessive with a continual misplaced trust in the Acme corporation. It was the Coyote's hysterical facial expressions and reaction shots that would ultimately upstage the gags. At this early stage in his career however, the Coyote is not quite as handsome as he would become and his reactions are less captivatingly observed. Also, this being the first Road Runner cartoon, the novelty of the gag-after-gag-after-gag premise is seen as enough and therefore the gags themselves are largely weak or predictable. There are also early appearances of gags that would go on to be used time and again throughout the series; the logic defying painted landscape joke and the climactic hit and run of the Coyote by a vehicle with the Road Runner on board. These gags were strong the first time round but have become so well established that they fail to raise a smile after they are witnessed for the umpteenth time. There are a couple of nice sequences towards the end of 'Fast and Furry-ous' involving a refrigerator and some skis and a pair of Acme jet powered tennis shoes. These aside, however, 'Fast and Furry-ous' is an historically important but fairly underwhelming cartoon. The series it spawned threw up some vastly superior episodes once the look of the Coyote was refined and his relationship with the audience cemented.


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