MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 36,440 this week

To Beep or Not to Beep (1963)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 401 users  
Reviews: 10 user

Wile E. Coyote attacks the Road Runner with an enormous boulder-throwing catapult, only to have it constantly backfire on him.

Writers:

(story) (as John Dunn) , (story)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3445 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 238 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 17 Feb 2014
 
a list of 798 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 226 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: To Beep or Not to Beep (1963)

To Beep or Not to Beep (1963) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of To Beep or Not to Beep.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Steal Wool (1957)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ralph Wolf tries to forcibly remove Sam Sheepdog in order to gain access to a flock of sheep. Without success, he uses a lasso, cannon, a string of firecrackers, and a giant rubber band.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
No Barking (1954)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a junkyard, Frisky Puppy's loud yapping keeps high-strung Claude Cat jumping, onto trains, planes and up past Tweety Bird's nest.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Rocket Squad (1956)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In a futuristic city, Detectives Monday and Tuesday pursue a wanted criminal.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bugs buys the homes of the three little pigs and the wolf starts blowing them down. Of course you know "this means war."

Director: Robert McKimson
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Daffy haplessly attempts to prove to the jocularly doubtful Friar Tuck Porky that he is actually Robin Hood.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Elmer threatens to give his dog a bath if he doesn't stop scratching, but the poor pooch is the victim of a hungry flea whose tools of the trade include pickaxes and dynamite.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Beep Prepared (1961)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Wile E. Coyote tries and fails to catch the Road Runner using his foot extended to trip, an arrow, a hole in the road, a winged-rocket outfit, two electronically activated machine guns, and... See full summary »

Directors: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Stars: Paul Julian
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Wile E. Coyote uses a bottle full of bees, a brick wall, a boulder in a catapult, and a harpoon gun in his usual unsuccessful attempts to catch the Road Runner.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Paul Julian
Zipping Along (1953)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hypnosis doesn't help the Coyote catch the Road Runner, nor do a clutch of string-controlled rifles or dozens of mousetraps, but they all manage to backfire on him, naturally.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Paul Julian
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Wile E. Coyote is so hungry that he forms a chicken out of mud, bakes it, and tries to eat it, causing one of his teeth to fall out. He throws the mud bird away when a real one comes along ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Paul Julian
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner with a grenade, a bow, a rope, invisible paint, a gun disguised as a peep show, and a rocket that tunnels him through the Earth to arrive in ... See full summary »

Directors: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Stars: Paul Julian
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner using a dynamite stick on a fishing pole, a Christmas present wrapping machine, and ACME Earthquake pills, which the Coyote discovers don't ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
...
Wile E. Coyote (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Julian ...
Road Runner (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

Wile E. Coyote hopes to stop and catch the Road Runner using a huge, boulder-throwing catapult. But no matter where Wile E. positions himself, the catapult drops the boulder on him. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beepen oder nicht beepen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title is based upon the often used quote from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, "To be or not to be." See more »

Connections

Follows Zipping Along (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Very good
22 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very good and thoroughly enjoyable Roadrunner-Wile E.Coyote cartoon, one of their better ones of the 60s in my view. It is not all that surprising as to how it ends(the story is also a fairly formulaic one in the first place), then again the Roadrunner-Coyote series are not about the stories strictly speaking but about the quality of the gags. You do miss Coyote's looks to the camera, which were kind of breaking-the-fourth-wall-without-a-word, and despite the clever overhead shot and with the cactus the falling down the cliff gag has been done to death. The animation has been more detailed before, budget constraints perhaps, but the colours are still really lovely and the drawings and backgrounds are well-rendered. In short, well-done animation considering any potential constraints but not great animation. Bill Lava's music is rousingly orchestrated and has a lot of life and isn't repetitive, his work hasn't always worked in the Speedy cartoons but it works wonderfully here and couldn't be more evident in the final gag. The gags are consistent in how funny they are, the wrecking ball and noose gags do provoke a lot of laughs but the highlight is absolutely Coyote's attempts with a boulder and catapult, as has been noted previously instead of moving on to different methods of catching the Roadrunner it was nice to see Coyote making numerous attempts doing the same thing. And even more importantly, the gag isn't just funny, it's hilarious, the last part of it especially. Roadrunner is good, but Coyote has always been the more interesting and funniest of the two and as always he is sly and amusing, but we also feel pangs of sympathy too. To conclude, a very good Roadrunner-Wile E.Coyote cartoon and one of their better outings of the 60s. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss To Beep or Not to Beep (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page