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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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17 September 1949 (USA)  »

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Fetzig und hetzig  »

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Trivia

The Road Runner's only vocabulary, "Beep, Beep!", was inspired by background artist Paul Julian who would make the sound while rushing down the hallways of the animator's offices. For this short, the sound effect was produced by Treg Brown who used an electronic horn called a Klaxon. When the gadget disappeared, Mel Blanc mimicked the sound for the second Road Runner short Beep, Beep (1952). That sound effect became the standard for all Road Runner cartoons thereafter. See more »

Goofs

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

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Road Runner: Meep, meep!
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Coyote (Carnivarious Vulgaris) See more »

Connections

Followed by To Beep or Not to Beep (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Comedians
from "The Bartered Bride"
Music by Bedrich Smetana
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19 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fast and Furry-ous (1949)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

The first ever Coyote and Road Runner film turns out to be a very enjoyable one. As would become the norm, the Coyote is hungry and wanting to eat the Road Runner but he's simply not fast (or smart) enough to catch him. This first short has plenty of wonderful laughs as the violent action is constantly finding hilarious ways to injure the Coyote. One of my favorite gags in the film is when the Coyote pants the side of a mountain to appear like a road so that the Road Runner will kill himself by running into it but things don't work out as planned. Another funny jokes includes the Coyote making a ski machine to build up speed but of course this doesn't go as planned either. Director Jones was a fan of silent movies and that's easy to see with these shorts.


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