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Loco, not wily

Author: fayremead from Sidney, Canada
18 November 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A desert canine tries to catch fast-footed potential prey, and we're not talking about Warner Bros. cartoon star Wile E. Coyote versus Bugs Bunny or Road Runner. "Loco Lobo" starts well, with a clever rod-and-reel gag. Soon, however, story man Cal Howard (who would later work at the Warner's and Lantz studios during their final, waning years) and director Howard Swift let the film's wit succumb to erratic violence. After some guilty laughs when the wolf spanks himself with a cactus, there's not much humor either. A sequence at a deserted Native American village is a lesson in "how" to keep an audience silent (except for the footfalls of people walking out). The final, murderous gag with dueling pistols would have been better if the rabbit's pistol had backfired.

The animation is competent, but not original; the wolf and rabbit look like mediocre Disney imitations. Some good may have come out of this if, as one suspects, the film induced Warner's artists at the Chuck Jones unit to put more thought into their design of Wile E. and the gags they would put him through.


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