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To Beep or Not to Beep (1963)

Wile E. Coyote attacks the Road Runner with an enormous boulder-throwing catapult, only to have it constantly backfire on him.

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble (co-director)

Writers:

John W. Dunn (story) (as John Dunn), Chuck Jones (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Wile E. Coyote (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Julian Paul Julian ... Road Runner (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Wile E. Coyote hopes to stop and catch the Road Runner using a huge, boulder-throwing catapult. But no matter where Wile E. positions himself, the catapult drops the boulder on him. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beepen oder nicht beepen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first Road Runner cartoon (and the only one directed by Chuck Jones) to not open with freeze frames of the characters with their names and "Latin species" subtitles. See more »

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Follows Beep, Beep (1952) See more »

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catapults and stuff
3 June 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I remember that I first saw the catapult gags in the compilation movie "The Great American Chase" (more commonly known as "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Chase Movie"). Now, I've finally gotten to see "To Beep or Not to Beep" in its entirety. The catapult scenes are the best, but there are other treats here too. Clearly, Wile Ethelbert* Coyote is a fanatic according to George Santayana's definition (redoubling your efforts after you've forgotten your aim), but he always comes just close enough to catching Road Runner so that he thinks that he'll succeed next time. One of the many classics, even if it doesn't give them fake scientific names.

*Yes, the E stands for Ethelbert.


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