Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

On September 17, 1949 Wile E. Coyote (Carnivorous Vulgaris) tried to catch Road Runner (Accelleratii Incredibus) for the first time in their initial cartoon ‘Fast and Furry-ous’. In this first, of nearly 50 animated shorts, Wile E. hasn’t learned the value of Geniune ‘ACME’ products and purchases items from ‘Ace’, and ‘Fleet-Foot’. However, his luck never improved by working almost exclusively with ‘ACME’ as his supplier of gadgets. Wile E. was very loyal to ‘ACME’, notwithstanding the fact that he was constantly defeated by gadgets made with their products. When asked, in a Cartoon Network commercial promoting Looney Tunes, why he continued to purchase products from ACME Corporation when previous purchases had all backfired, Wile E. responded by holding up a wooden sign which said ‘Good line of Credit’. The characters were created by Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Bros. Wile E. also appeared as an antagonist of Bugs Bunny in five shorts. Wile E. was mostly silent in the Coyote-Road Runner shorts but spoke with an upper-class English accent (voiced by Mel Blanc) in the Bugs Bunny shorts. Road Runner only made his signature ‘Meep, Meep’ sound with an occasional noise from his tongue. In Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times Of An Animated Cartoonist, it is claimed that the Road Runner and Wile E. cartoons adhered to some simple but strict rules: The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “meep, meep.” No outside force can harm the Coyote — only his own ineptitude or the failure of Acme products. Trains and trucks were the exception from time to time. The Coyote could stop...