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The Solid Tin Coyote (1966)

Wile E. Coyote uses scrap metal from a dump to build a huge, mechanical likeness of himself, and uses this robot to chase the Road Runner. It ends up as just another pile of scrap.

Director:

Rudy Larriva

Writer:

Don Jurwich (story)

Star:

Paul Julian
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Cast

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

Wile E. Coyote uses scrap metal from a dump to build a huge, mechanical likeness of himself, and uses this robot to chase the Road Runner. It ends up as just another pile of scrap. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Format Films,Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Near the beginning, when Wile has his feet caught in the tar-bucket, he hops away along the road into the distance before he suddenly starts hopping really quickly back the way he came, getting stuck in the tar that he had spread across the road earlier and almost immediately afterwards getting run over by a lorry. However, until that point there was no sign of the lorry chasing him as he hopped frantically back towards the tar; it just suddenly came out of nowhere and hit him. See more »

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Follows Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z (1956) See more »

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The tin coyote may have been solid, but this cartoon certainly isn't
21 May 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This reviewer enjoys the Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons greatly on the whole, but of the Rudy Larriva-directed cartoons, where the series saw a significant decline, only 'Out and Out Rout' and 'Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner' are watchable, though 'Just Plane Beep' has its average moments.

'The Solid Tin Coyote' is for me down there with 'Tired and Feathered', 'Highway Runnery' and 'Shot and Bothered' as the worst of the lot. The rest are pretty weak too, 'Boulder Wham' is also almost down there but the opening sequence and hypnotism gag saved it from being so. For somebody who tries to see the good in anything that's poorly done, 'The Solid Tin Coyote' is memorable for two things only, Roadrunner's expression of fear in a rare occurrence and the sight of Coyote with a giant iron robot.

Coyote always has been a funny and interesting character, and it is effortlessly easy to feel empathy for him. However, his material on the whole is weak, he is poorly drawn and his trademark personality is underplayed and pretty wasted actually. His dynamic with Roadrunner is barely there and bland, while Roadrunner continues to be an annoyance. The story does nothing imaginative with the premise, so is very predictable and repetitive for a formula series, and is paced poorly with a lot of tedium and not much energy. The cartoon ends on a very abrupt whimper too.

Another huge problem is that there is nothing funny here. Everything is over-familiar, some of it pointlessly recycled even, and feels very tired. The gags at best are forgettable, with only two small moments being memorable. Bill Lava's music grates on the ear, sounds cheap and is a completely ill fit for the cartoon. A contender for the worst asset of 'The Solid Tin Coyote' is the animation, which is frankly awful and some of the worst of the series. It's not just cheap, it's amateurish and looks like there was little effort put into it at all. Everything looks flat, static, sparse and choppy, both Coyote and especially Roadrunner look ugly.

Overall, one of the worst of the series apart from two small memorable things. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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