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Hip Hip-Hurry! (1958)

Wile E. Coyote is once again after the Road Runner, this time resorting to hand grenades, dynamite, falling rocks and a speed potion (which contains vitamins R, P and M).

Director:

Chuck Jones

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)

Star:

Paul Julian
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Paul Julian Paul Julian ... Road Runner (archive sound) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Wile E. Coyote's latest schemes for catching the elusive Road Runner involve a grenade, a TNT-sling-shot, a trapese, a powered boat, and High-Speed Tonic. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rather than having incidental music composed and arranged specifically for the cartoon, this is one of six Warner Brothers cartoons featuring a non-thematic stock soundtrack due to a musicians' strike. It was scored by John Seely of Capitol Records using stock music from the Hi-Q sound library. See more »

Goofs

The stripes on Wile E. Coyote's boat rapidly alternate colors for a couple seconds when he narrowly avoids driving off the waterfall. See more »

Crazy Credits

Coyote (Eatius Slobbius) See more »

Connections

Followed by Hopalong Casualty (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Comedy Underscore (L-69)
(uncredited)
Music by Spencer Moore
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Mostly great, but let down by the music and the sound effects
9 June 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Hip Hip-Hurry' is a very funny, mostly well made and mostly great cartoon. It isn't one of the classics of the on-the-most-part enjoyable Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote series but it is miles better than any of the late 60s efforts, which saw the series (and most of the Looney Tunes cartoons actually) declining.

The animation is not the most inventive or luscious of the series, nor did it need to be. The overall quality is still very good, it has beautiful rich colours, nice detail in the backgrounds (while not as meticulous as earlier outings, they're hardly sparse or simplistic either) and the drawing is fluid, a great job as ever is done with the drawing and characterisation of Coyote's many expressions. 'Hip Hip-Hurry' also benefits from being very funny.

As with a vast majority of the series (apart from two) there is no dialogue, the humour all comes from the physical comedy and sight gags. The physical comedy is very nicely drawn, no stiffness at all, while all the gags work thanks to good animation, crisp timing and Coyote as ever being the continually great character that he is. The standout gags being the one with the speedboat and in particular the riotous ending. The story is formulaic (as with pretty much all the RR/C cartoons, but the two characters and their sparkling chemistry, the gags, the animation and the efficient pacing make that not matter.

Roadrunner is cute and amusing if one-dimensional, but Coyote is funnier, more rootable and more interesting.

Unfortunately, 'Hip Hip-Hurry' is let down by two big things. While not as cheap sounding, as dull or as repetitive as Bill Lava's scoring, the music, stock not canned, is indeed no match for Milt Franklyn and especially Carl Stalling. It's not badly orchestrated and it's lively enough, but music in cartoons should add to the action and if you're a good enough composer enhance it and the music here distracts from the action. Rhythmically it doesn't quite fit and it's a bit too over-scored in places. The sound effects are also inappropriately loud and sometimes misplaced, that it becomes irritating.

In summary, apart from two annoyances 'Hip Hip-Hurry' is mostly great. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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