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Adventures of the Road-Runner (1962)

Two boys watch Wile E. Coyote chase Road Runner continuously and express their opinions. They ask why the Coyote wants the Road Runner so badly. Wile E. Coyote then explains in a comedic documentary why he wants the Road Runner so badly.


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Cast overview:
Wile E. Coyote (voice)
Dick Beals ...
Ralph Phillips (voice)
Nancy Wible ...
Ralph's friend (voice)


The Road Runner opens a dawn on the desert, pursued by longtime enemy Wile E. Coyote. Witnessing this lengthy chase on television are two young boys, one an impresionable youth who feels sympathy for the Coyote, the other a more cynical lad who is studying psychiatry. The psychiatry student tests his knowledge on his impressionable friend, and then both return to watch the Road Runner, and in the process Wile E. Coyote explains to them his motivation for pursuing the fleet-footed bird. Written by Michael Daly

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Release Date:

2 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maantiekiitäjän seikkailut  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First released and shown as a featurette in theaters along with the full-length Warner Bros. live-action film Lad: A Dog (1962). See more »


Ralph Phillips has Road-Runner mania, not Road-Runner phobia. See more »


Ralph Phillips: Sometimes I feel very sorry for the coyote. Sometimes I wished he'd catch him.
Ralph's friend: If he'd caught him, there wouldn't be any more Road Runner. You wouldn't like that, would you?
Ralph Phillips: No?
Ralph's friend: I thought you wouldn't.
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Edited into To Beep or Not to Beep (1963) See more »


Out on the Desert
Written by Milt Franklyn
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Well and truly one of Roadrunner and Wile E,Coyote's best
4 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While at a length longer than the usual Looney Tune cartoon(25-6 minutes in alternative to 5-7 minutes) and done in an almost documentary style, that doesn't stop Adventures of the Road-Runner from being one of Roadrunner and Coyote's best, in fact a contender for THE best. And that is coming from a series that is always interesting but not always consistent in quality, with some gems, a lot of solid cartoons and a few misfires. There is a lot of re-used footage here, but the footage ranges from highly amusing to hilarious and the whole format of the cartoon is fascinating. The animation is crisp and clean, with the backgrounds less sparse than they could be. Roadrunner and Coyote are also very well drawn. The music is full of crackling energy and characterful orchestration, while the documentary-like narration is written in a witty fashion. Both Roadrunner and especially Coyote are on top form, Coyote is an inspired choice for the role he has in Adventures of the Roadrunner, and the two boys are appealing and never irritating. Mel Blanc's voice work is superb, no complaints there. All in all, one of this duo's best, proof that cartoons that utilise re-used footage can work wonders. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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