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Michael Maltese must have liked to start a number of these cartoons
showing just how starved poor Wile E. Coyote is, that he will do
anything to feed his empty stomach. Here, he bakes mud in his oven,
pretending it's a chicken. Once it bites into it, he discovers the sad
truth and "Famishius Fantasticus" dumps it into his trash bin. The rude
Road Runner (Dig- Outius Tid-Bittius) races by, knocking down Wile and
making the trash can land on top of his head....and smugly sticking out
his tongue while racing away. (Just once I'd like to see poor Wile give
the RR what's coming to him!)
In addition, before the chase starts and Wile's wild ploys to catch the bird, he has to desperately search for water because his butt's on fire.
The spring-loaded gun sequence was excellent and really laughed at Wile's little umbrella trying to protect him falling boulders. Otherwise, overall it just a "fair" Road Runner cartoon. Not bad, but not memorable, either.
Everybody knows While E. Coyote is the real star of the Road Runner cartoons
(after all, he has more of a personality) and occasionally we get a moment
alone with him at the start of `his' cartoons. The starving superstar
attempts to bake some mud (shaped in the form of a chicken) in his home-made
oven. This inspired gag features the first of several elaborate punchlines
that set `There they Go-go-go' apart from other R.R. shorts.
Out of all the Loony tunes, Wile E. and Road Runner probably break the fourth wall the most (presumably because they don't speak). The knowing looks While E. constantly throws at the camera are classic. At one point he even gestures to the audience to come closer, as if to let us in on his next cunning plan. After all, he is a selfproclaimed genius.
It is especially good to see Wile E. relying on his own wits and inventions instead of the usual Acme products for a change. He is able to use lots of left over material from the local abandoned mines and army bases (including a ladder, a wheel, some dynamite and even a unused rocket shell). But where did he find that tiny pink umbrella? Perhaps he should try to sell some of his ideas to the Acme company. They might give him a discount on their products.
8 out of 10
The Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons are generally very
enjoyable, and Coyote is one of Chuck Jones' best overall characters.
Sure, some of the later cartoons are duds, where the series got tired
and repetitive as well as somewhat cheap. There They Go-Go-Go! is
towards the better half of the series, a touch formulaic in terms of
how the samey premise is structured but there is very little
With the animation, the backgrounds are more stylised and abstract than usual but not to an ugly or over-sparse extent, and the rest of the animation is simply but smoothly drawn and colourful, with the fourth wall use of camera and expressions as ever inspired. It may not be the best-looking Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon, but it is a long way from looking as cheap as some of the later cartoons of theirs. With Carl Stalling and the music, this viewer has always associated Stalling with writing consistently good to outstanding music scores for the Looney Tunes cartoons and they are nearly always one of the highlights. That is precisely the case with his scoring for There They Go-Go-Go! (particularly in the spiked balls gag, which was a great marriage of visuals, action, humour and music), the orchestration is lush and clever, it's lively and characterful rhythmically and it matches with everything seamlessly and even adds to the enjoyment.
It doesn't forget to entertain either, the loaded gun and ending gags (elevated by Coyote's hysterical and very truthful laugh out loud moment) are absolutely hilarious and it was nice to see much more of Coyote's own inventions. There They Go-Go-Go! is not completely formulaic either, sure it's the same premise as the rest of the series, but especially with the beginning and the inventions it does do things differently as well which stops it from getting repetitive and tired. It's nicely and efficiently paced too, and the conflict between Roadrunner and Coyote is done well. Roadrunner is one-dimensional but still memorable and amusing, but, ever the much funnier and more interesting character, Coyote steals the show. Not only is he a cunning and often funny to hilarious character but one that one does feel sorry for (very like Sylvester), and not in a way that feels forced (one of the easiest Looney Tunes characters to root for in fact).
All in all, great fun and tries to do different too. While not one of the absolute best of the Roadrunner/Coyote cartoons it's in the top half. 9/10 Bethany Cox
This is a very good cartoon featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
Instead of starting the chase right away, the Coyote first tries to make a
chicken out of mud. After he tastes it, and breaks his teeth on the thing,
he also makes a trashcan where he puts the chicken in. At this point the
Road Runner enters this cartoon. The Coyote uses a gun, some other things
that belong to the army, a broken ladder and some rocks that must fall
This is a very good cartoon. The opening sequence that makes it a little different is very nice, the gags work (the Coyote even comments on his own stupid ideas,) and the animation is simple but doesn't distract. A very good cartoon from the Road Runner vs. Coyote series.
We come to the ninth pairing of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner,
starts a bit like Stop! Look! and Hasten!, in that it shows that Wile
E. will eat pretty much anything, in that short it was the little gag
of the coyote eating a fly, in this one it's a chicken that he made out
of mud. He uses a rope, a sling-shot, a gun on a spring, a rotating
circle of spiked balls, a booby-trapped ladder, and a load of rocks
that refuse to fall down at the right time. Very funny stuff. as always
ANY short with Wile E. in it is so VERY much worth watching, as he's
one of my absolute favorite cartoon personalities of all time. This
animated short can be seen on Disc 2 of the Looney Tunes Golden
Collection Volume 2. This cartoon also has an optional music only
My Grade: A
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. . . well in advance of the chunky Kiwi's film debut. The first scene of the Looney Tunes animated short THERE THEY GO-GO-GO! finds Wile E. Coyote compressing not only Crowe's LES MISERABLES cameo role as Inspector Javert but also the primary characterizations (including the chick who sells her teeth) of the rest of the cast and all the main plot developments into a minute or two (you can get more done in less time when you cut out all that ridiculous singing). The MISERABLE action segues into Crowe's title role turn as THE WATER DIVINER (a World War One Weepy very few have seen). Wile E. fights Crowe's GLADIATOR battles about four minutes into GO-GO-GO!, facing a revolving mace device far deadlier than anything tackled by the Kiwi in his live action feature. Other GO-GO-GO! scenes similarly boil down the rest of Crowe's Corpus to the Essentials (no doubt a case of TMI, even for Russell's relatives). Finally, Mr. Coyote holds up a sign asking "What am I doing?!" before he waves the white flag of surrender, epitomizing Mr. Crowe's portrayal of a nut case in A BEAUTIFUL MIND.
Typically wonderful Chuck Jones Road Runner & Coyote short. The opening scene, where Wile E. Coyote shapes a pile of mud to resemble a turkey and then "cooks" it, is pathetic in the most hilarious way. What follows is another funny gag, then another, and another. It's fun from start to finish. Some of the Coyote's attempts at catching the Road Runner in this one include a tree catapult, a mace contraption that has to be seen to be believed, a ladder bridge, and a tire full of dynamite. All of these attempts backfire, of course. There's also one of the better sign gags the series ever used. The animation is quite nice, with slightly sketchy backgrounds and lovely colors. The desert never looked as colorful as it does in the Road Runner cartoons. Carl Stalling's music is whimsical and fun. It's a solid cartoon all the way around. Perhaps not the best of the lot but it's up there.
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That must be the question Wile E Coyote asks himself at the end of each Road Runner episode -- and it's certainly the question he asks at the end of THIS one, as his frustration finally gets to him and he places himself in exactly the wrong spot as he tries to trigger the latest of his schemes to misfire! Although not the best in the series, this is a very funny cartoon, and reveals how Coyote's obsession with catching Road Runner makes him oblivious to everything else -- and prompts him to use a ladder he'd just booby-trapped to try to catch the taunting bird. There are many great scenes, including the opening one in which our sympathies are again drawn to Coyote as he tries to make a chicken dinner out of clay, fired up in his little adobe oven. Of course that works about as well as can be expected -- but as always, just as he grumbles over his lack of food options, he's bowled over by that rascally Road Runner who, rather than zipping off obliviously as usual, stops and waits for Coyote to begin the chase before setting fire to the road -- and Wile E's tail!! And for probably the only time in the entire series, he actually succeeds in finding relief -- and it's almost as much of a relief to US when he finds it! But from that point on, it's just disaster after disaster as the poor guy is shot, battered, squashed and blown up in his futile attempts to get that bird... leading to the hilarious ending that we all know is coming -- and that he only anticipates when it's too late -- prompting the first appearance of his patented Wile E umbrella! And Carl Stalling's music score is even better than usual -- perhaps the best of the whole series, especially when that nasty-looking set of spiked balls lifts off from the ground.
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Another winning Warner Bros. cartoon from director Chuck Jones, writer
Michael Maltese, and composer/orchestrator Carl W. Stalling, "There
They Go-Go-Go!" once again pits the Road Runner against Wile E. Coyote.
ONCE AGAIN, the Road Runner is a complete winner and the Coyote a
complete loser. Sorry, folks, but he'll never catch that bird.
My favorite scenes from this cartoon include the following. The Coyote applies lit sticks of dynamite on each spoke of a wheel; he rolls the wheel down a hill, but the dynamite doesn't go anywhere! The Coyote tries to get a mass of huge rocks & boulders to drop down onto the Road Runner, but when he releases the latch, the rocks don't budge an inch; being a darn fool, the Coyote stands directly underneath the rocks to try to get them to crumble, and he soon wishes he hadn't bothered. He also devises a contraption of spinning mace balls, which flies into the air and clobbers him (to the musical accompaniment of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse").
Catch "There They Go-Go-Go!" on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2 Disc 2, a disc that specializes in the Road Runner & Coyote, as well as a few other miscellaneous cartoons directed by Chuck Jones.
Chuck Jones's 'There They Go-Go-Go', the ninth Road Runner cartoon, is the inevitable moment when this excellent series finally hits a snag. Having managed to sustain genuine brilliance across the last four cartoons, 'There They Go-Go-Go' feels like a very tired entry into the series. Even the title seems to indicate a dearth of ideas. Many people, when they think of the Road Runner shorts imagine a repetitive and not especially funny set of predictable gags. If they wanted proof to back up this argument then 'There They Go-Go-Go' would be the ideal candidate. Set against the more stylised backgrounds introduced in the previous cartoon, 'Gee Whiz-z-z', 'There They Go-Go-Go' fails to offer enough funny gags to distract attention away from the less sumptuous scenery and the impression I am left with is that of an unattractive and unamusing cartoon. There's a couple of chuckles but that can be said of practically any Road Runner cartoon (bar the dire later ones). All in all, 'There They Go-Go-Go' is a disappointment but is easily excused as an inevitable hiccup in a series that managed to sustain the same premise for an astonishing amount of time.
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