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Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, and his ploys such as glue on the road, a huge magnifying glass, an exploding piano, a cannon disguised as a camera, and an anvil dropped from a helicopter, all backfire on him, as usual. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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The title refers to Russian roulette, a potentially lethal game of chance in which participants place a single round in a revolver, spin the cylinder, place the muzzle against their head and pull the trigger. See more »

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Followed by Highway Runnery (1965) See more »

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Very much a lesser Roadrunner/Wile E Coyote cartoon, but compared to some of the efforts that came out after it's okay
29 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The late 40s-early-60s Roadrunner vs Wile E. Coyote cartoons were on the whole thoroughly enjoyable, with a fair number of classics as well. Once budgets were smaller and time constraints tighter and shorter, there was a significant decline in quality from 1965 onwards, especially with the Rudy Larriva cartoons (where only three of his eleven efforts are watchable).

'Rushing Roulette' was made when the series was starting to decline, and while it is nowhere near nadir-Rudy Larriva standard it's no classic Chuck Jones either. It's watchable but mediocre, for a Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote cartoon at this point that is disappointing.

Animation in 'Rushing Roulette' is decent, certainly never cheap-looking, while never great or inventive. Nice use of colour, great use of expressions on Coyote and it's smoothly drawn, but more detail in the backgrounds, which are reasonably sparse here, would have been more welcome. Coyote is a funny and easy-to-root-for character, with great facial expressions, a crafty demeanour and a clever mind that sadly doesn't count on his schemes backfiring so often. While somewhat familiar and reasonably predictable, the gags are at least amusing and timed well, no real tiredness or repetitiveness here. There is some good energy too, with things going at a pace that's never rushed or dreary.

On the other hand, the story is very basic and predictable, and as much as this reviewer hates to repeat what's already been said it does miss the point of the previous cartoons directed by Chuck Jones. Consequently, the cartoon isn't as funny (though it does have its moments) and it strips Roadrunner of any charm he previously had. Robert McKimson, who is often in the shadow of Fritz Freleng and Chuck Jones, is not in his best directing form.

His visual style is recognisable and there is energy sure, but while he doesn't do too badly with Coyote due to specialising in characters similar like Sylvester he messes up badly on Roadrunner (who was at least cute and amusing before despite being less interesting and more a plot device, but here he was a jerk and it was all downhill for the character from then on) and the chemistry between the two characters fails to spark. Although he wrote worse music later, in this series and for the Speedy Gonzales cartoons Bill Lava pales in comparison to Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn. Whereas those two wrote music that was energetic, beautifully orchestrated, characterful and fitting with the action (Stalling had a remarkable and perhaps unrivalled ability of enhancing it), while not as cheap, annoying or as stock as later the music doesn't generate much energy or appealing enough sounds and it doesn't gel completely either.

Overall, okay but a lesser effort without being one of the low-points. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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