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To Beep or Not to Beep (1963)

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

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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>

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

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Longer Gags Help Make This Fabulous
19 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I agree with others here: this is an outstanding Road Runner cartoon, maybe the best I've ever seen. It combines great color, great "camera" angles, clever stunts and a very funny Wile (at least his "yeeeeeowwwws!)

It begins peacefully with Wile reading a book. No wonder our favorite coyote is always after the Road-Runner. According to the "Western Cookery" book, "possibly the most delicious of all western game bird is the road-runner." The rest of it is the normal chase.

What's above normal are the two long gags. I've often said the best ones are those that are drawn out a bit longer. There is a super one in here involving a big metal spring and a boulder. It's one of the best and inventive sight gags I've ever witness on a RR cartoon. The other one, with the catapult is a bunch of little jokes all rolled into one with a surprise ending (regarding the company which built the device.)


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