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The Road Runner Show 

A scheming coyote, constantly at odds with a swift and clever roadrunner bird, uses various gadgets and devices to try and catch his longtime rival.




3   1  
1971   1966  




Series cast summary:
Mel Blanc ...  Sylvester / ... 1 episode, 1971
June Foray ...  Granny (segment "The Jet Cage") 1 episode, 1971


The desert in the U.S. southwest is the natural habitat of the Road Runner, a high-octane, cartoon bird who runs so fast on the desert's roadways that he leaves a trail of flame or causes pavement to ripple, distort, or roll up like a carpet. This speedy bird is unrelentingly chased by a hungry coyote named Wile E., who, though believing himself to be a genius, repeatedly fails to catch the Road Runner with his endless supply of ACME Corporation gadgets, weapons, and other paraphernalia. Episodes of this television series contain three theatrical cartoons, one with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, one with Tweety Bird and Sylvester Cat, and one with other characters from Warner Brothers' cartoon classics. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Its what you expect...Sorta
24 May 2018 | by dmanthecapSee all my reviews

You may be expecting three Road Runner cartoons a pop, or two and one other cartoon, but what you are really getting is one Road Runner, one Sylvester cartoon, and a third cartoon that could be anything, each episode goes like that.

It could be very disappointing if you're only there for the Road Runner, and if you dislike the Rudy Larriva directed ones, then it can be even more disappointing since you know thats all the Road Runner you'll get for the episode, but i understand why they limit it to just one Road Runner short a episode, after all with only 40 Road Runner shorts at the time, if you show three every episode the show isn't going to last very long.

The theme song by Barbara Cameron is just great, its super catchy, gets you in the mood, and fits the shorts, though you wouldn't think it would. If you haven't seen the show before you may know the theme better as that song from the film "The Shinning". The tune is so iconic that The Looney Tunes Show plays a short variant of the song during the tittle cards for their Road Runner Shorts, if you know anything thing about the show, (Besides the shorts in it) its the theme.

So what about The show it self? What do you expect me to say? Its Looney Tunes, obviously the three shorts of each episode are almost always great, your enjoyment of the show depends on if you like Looney Tunes, and while some episodes have some real stinkers (Like "The Jet Cage") its mostly classics. To give you a idea its mostly shorts directed by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Rudy Larriva, and sometimes Robert McKimson, there are other directers, but that's mostly what you get with these shorts.

One problem i have is the tittle cards, each short has its credits removed and replaced with one of three tittle card designs which shows nothing but the name of the short, for the shake of time, that's all well and good, but but many Road Runner Shorts have credits that are apart of the opening scene, leading to some jarring starts to these shorts, mostly with the Road Runner ones. It can also be annoying if you wanna know who made the cartoon since then you have to look it up your self, if you even can, keep in mind this show was made in the 60's after all.

But anyone can edit random Looney Tunes shorts together and call it a show, out side of theme, are you getting anything new here? Actually, yes, between the shorts of these funny little bumpers of Wile going after the Road Runner, none of it is reused footage, its all new, and the animation in these bumpers are much better than Larriva's shorts, mostly because the bumpers and eyecatches were directed by Robert McKimson, (Who also directed "Rushing Roulette" and "Sugar and Spies") he does a much better job, i dunno who wrote them though, who ever did had some funny gags, like Wile dresses up as a Road Runner. In fact one of these Bumpers seems to have inspired Jones himself, one bumper with Wile using a Tennis Racket and grenades to blow up the Road Runner plays out almost the same as a scene from 1979's "Soup or Sonic" directed by Chuck, though in Soup or Sonic the Road Runner doesn't really have to do anything to win. It makes me wonder why the intro is mostly made out of stock footage when they could have made it with new animation.

So you are getting mostly great cartoons, a catchy theme song, and some entertaining bumpers between shorts, i'd say thats not a bad deal indeed.

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Release Date:

17 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El show del Correcaminos See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA

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1.33 : 1
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