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Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, and his ploys such as glue on the road, a huge magnifying glass, an exploding piano, a cannon disguised as a camera, and an anvil dropped from a ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert McKimson

Writer:

David Detiege (story)

Star:

Paul Julian
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Uncredited cast:
Paul Julian Paul Julian ... Road Runner (voice) (uncredited)
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Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, and his ploys such as glue on the road, a huge magnifying glass, an exploding piano, a cannon disguised as a camera, and an anvil dropped from a helicopter, all backfire on him, as usual. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1965 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The title refers to Russian roulette, a potentially lethal game of chance in which participants place a single round in a revolver, spin the cylinder, place the muzzle against their head and pull the trigger. See more »

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Followed by Freeze Frame (1979) See more »

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Music by Thomas Moore
(exploding piano tune)
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Good, yet flawed.
20 May 2018 | by dmanthecapSee all my reviews

What you see before you is the second Road Runner cartoon directed by someone other then Chuck Jones, and the first ever with zero animation by Chuck either, ("The Wild Chase" was sorta a cheater, because it was like, 60% reused animation from other Road Runner shorts), as cool as this is, how does this cartoon fair against Chuck's? Well.. Not at all, any one of Chuck's Road Runner cartoons would blow this out of the water, but on its own? Its a pretty decent cartoon, seems McKimson's best cartoons from this era are his silent ones.

This short features some of (If not THE) best animation to come out of the DePatie-Freleng era of Looney Tunes, though there are some noticeable Sound/Animation mistakes here or there, and some of the gags (Namely the piano lessons scene, and the ending) have been done before countless times, also the scene with the giant rock and the truck started off good, and i like the idea of the gag, but the punch line isn't done very well.

Y'know the Road Runner takes on more of a Bugs Bunny type role in this short (as well as most of the others after this) because while he still acts like usual, he also out smarts Wile and does things to trick him, which is something that Chuck tried to do as little as possible, having Wile mostly lose to himself, that doesn't really bother me, in fact i think those are some of the funniest gags from this era of Road Runner, but i can see how a fan could be distraught about it.

The music in this cartoon is nothing to write home about, (Trust me, you'll soon find that when it come to Looney Tunes, Bill Lava has two modes, overly dramatic, and overly catchy, this one is not the catchy variety.) but at least its fully scored instead of just being a lotta stock music.

Over all this is a good to ok cartoon that i really enjoyed (Though if you know me, you'll know that i am easy to entertain, and i'm not sure if i can speak for most), McKimson would later go on to direct the much better Road Runner cartoon "Sugar and Spies", now that one, you really outta check out, these make me wish McKimson directed all of the Road Runner shorts during this time, Rudy Larriva just didn't do that good of a job in comparison, if you are a completionist, or you think 6/10 is a good score, i recommend you find it online or catch it on tv if you can, otherwise, just watch Sugar and Spies.


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