Wile E. Coyote once again tries to ensnare his long-time adversary, the Road Runner. In this short, Wile devises various attempts of capture with the aid of a Sedway, better known in the WC/RR world as the Hyper-Sonic Transporter by ACME.
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Surprisingly really good for a such a late cartoon
While much of the Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote series was so enjoyable, the best of them some of the best and funniest Chuck Jones and Looney Tunes ever made once deadlines became tighter and budgets smaller there was a significant nosedive in quality which made the 1965-1968 output largely disappointing.
More were made after, but while better than the 1965-1968 cartoons the glory days for the two characters were sadly long gone. 'Coyote Falls' is along with 'Chariots of Fur' and 'Little Bo Beep' one of the better "modern" Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons, and while it's nowhere near classic Chuck Jones level it is closer to that than to Rudy Larriva dud territory.
There is not much wrong here with 'Coyote Falls'. It's not quite wild or looney enough perhaps, and at a meagre 3 minutes it's far too short when the cartoons in the series on average is between 6 and 7 minutes. It is proof though that the latter Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons shouldn't be completely dismissed, and yes it is infinitely superior to the feature film that succeeds it (didn't completely hate 'Cats and Dogs 2' but really cannot lie and say it was good either).
In 'Coyote Falls', the CGI animation comes off surprisingly well and looks great. There was the worry as to whether the CGI would have depth and whether because of the different animation style that the cartoon will once again feel too different to the series' classic era. The animation however is vibrant and colourful, with very richly detailed backgrounds and nothing looking cheap or stiff (even the character designs). Refreshingly, the music is closer in spirit and in how it fits with the action to the lively and lusciously characterful work of Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn than the cheap canned, repetitive and discordant sounds of Bill Lava, really appreciated that it adhered to a more classical cartoon style rather than infuse it with modern popular music which can be repetitive and generic and would have made the feel far too different.
'Coyote Falls' could have been more wild and looney, but it is still a highly entertaining cartoon and executes its humour very well. The gags and traps are not the most original or visually imaginative, but they are beautifully timed and very funny, plus they look good in the animation. Nothing tired or repetitive here. The story has its charm and moves quickly without feeling too rushed, it's formulaic (as was most of the series) but not painfully so. Roadrunner thankfully is closer to the amusing and reasonably cute character of the Jones cartoons rather than the badly drawn and incredibly annoying one seen in the Rudy Larriva shorts. Coyote, as has been said many times already, is the funnier and more interesting of the two, and he remains cunning, incredibly funny yet sympathetic for the audience which is what has always made him so appealing as a character.
All in all, for a late/modern/contemporary Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon 'Coyote Falls' was surprisingly really good. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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