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The Whizzard of Ow (2003)

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Wile E. Coyote is chasing the Road Runner (still) and comes across the Acme Book of Magic. With the power to levitate heavy boulders, fly on broomsticks, and transfigure anything to suit ... See full summary »

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Wile E. Coyote is chasing the Road Runner (still) and comes across the Acme Book of Magic. With the power to levitate heavy boulders, fly on broomsticks, and transfigure anything to suit his need, it seems like Wile E. finally has a chance at getting his breakfast... but then again, this is Wile E. Coyote we're talking about. Written by Lex

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Theatrically released in the USA with Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). See more »

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In a reference to the 3-D Bugs Bunny cartoon "Lumber Jack-Rabbit" (1954), the opening WB shield logo that normally zooms forward overshoots its mark and crashes into the screen before moving back into position. See more »

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Follows Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner (1965) See more »

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Lackluster comeback for the Road Runner and Coyote
10 May 2004 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

This film was one of several new cartoons that Warner Bros. was going to release to theaters along with their live action features. While most of the finished shorts have not seen the light of day, this particular title was included on the DVD release of Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

It is a tepid and banal cartoon without much laughs, slightly better than the awful Rudy Larriva Road Runner theatrical shorts of the late sixties (produced by Seven Arts). It begins with an unnecessary set up in which a dueling wizard loses his book of spells. Wile E. Coyote then finds the book and decides to use magic to capture the Road Runner. Why waste time with such a long and unfunny prologue? Wile E. simply could have ordered the book from the reliable Acme Co. instead. This would have wasted less time and gotten right to the chase.

The rest of the cartoon is comprised of gags that misfire because of poor staging, or slow timing. There are some occasional funny gags here and there (I honestly can't remember them at the moment, though) but they are too few and far between.

The animation on only a few occasions rises above the type of fare we are used to seeing on television. In fact, the animation for the Ren & Stimpy Show is far superior to that of this theatrical short. And the former was produced on a television budget!

The filmmakers also break one of Chuck Jones and Mike Maltese's cardinal rules about the Road Runner series, and that is that the Road Runner never willfully causes the Coyote any harm.

Save yourself the trouble of seeing a once fine series corrupted by sitcom writers and television animators, and watch the original cartoons directed by Chuck Jones instead.


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