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The Road Runner Cartoon Shorts
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The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote are a duo of cartoon characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons. In each episode, the cunning, insidious and constantly hungry Coyote repeatedly attempts to catch and subsequently eat the Road Runner, but is successful (in catching the Road Runner, not eating it) only on one occasion. Instead of his animal instincts, the Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions (sometimes in the manner of Rube Goldberg) to try to catch his prey, which comically backfire, with the Coyote often getting injured in slapstick fashion. Many of the items for these contrivances are mail-ordered from a variety of companies that are all named Acme Corporation.

The Classic Road Runner series is broken into two parts:
~The 24 Classic era (1949-1964) were directed exclusively by Chuck Jones.
~The 16 DePatie-Freleng era (1965-1966) were directed by Chuck Jones (uncredited), Rudy Larriva, Friz Freleng, and Robert McKimson.

Chuck Jones directed 3 more Shorts from 1979 to 1994.

With CGI advancements, modern shorts were created from 2000 to 2014, which were directed by Spike Brandt, Bret Haaland, and Matthew O’Callaghan who did the last 4.

Note Filmographies of the above directors are available via hyperlink.


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Movie: Fast and Furry-ous ( 1949 )
In their first appearance in a Warner Bros. cartoon, the Coyote (Carnivorous vulgaris) and The Road Runner (Accelerati incredibulis) launch their neverending series of chases through the desert, and The Coyote begins his relationship with the Acme Corporation in his quest for the perfect Road Runner-catching device.
Movie: Beep, Beep ( 1952 )
The Coyote chases the Road Runner through a maze of mine shafts, with their positions made visible only by the lamps on their helmets.
Movie: Going! Going! Gosh! ( 1952 )
In his attempt to catch the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote tries the old cartoon trick of putting up a painting of a continuing road where a bridge has in fact gone out. It doesn't work, nor does dressing in drag or dropping an anvil from a balloon.
Movie: Zipping Along ( 1953 )
Hypnosis doesn't help the Coyote catch the Road Runner, nor do a clutch of string-controlled rifles or dozens of mousetraps, but they all manage to backfire on him, naturally.
Movie: Stop! Look! And Hasten! ( 1954 )
A Burmese tiger trap, a pop-up steel wall, a motorcycle, and a box of Acme-brand leg-building vitamins can't help the Coyote (Eatibus anythingus) catch the Road Runner (Hot Rodicus supersonicus).
Movie: Ready.. Set.. Zoom! ( 1955 )
Among the strategies that fail in Wile E. Coyote's attempts to catch the Roadrunner: glue on the road, a giant rubber band, an outboard motor in a wash tub, and dressing in drag as a female Roadrunner.
Movie: Guided Muscle ( 1955 )
While cooking a tin can, the Coyote spots a better meal rushing by- the Road Runner. But making himself into a giant arrow doesn't catch the bird, and the book, "How to Tar and Feather a Road Runner", isn't much help either.
Movie: Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z ( 1956 )
Wile E. Coyote unsuccessfully chases the Road Runner using such contrivances as a rifle, a steel plate, a dynamite stick on an extending metal pulley, a painting of a collapsed bridge (which the Coyote falls into while Road Runner passes right through), and a jet motor.
Movie: There They Go-Go-Go! ( 1956 )
Wile E. Coyote is so hungry that he forms a chicken out of mud, bakes it, and tries to eat it, causing one of his teeth to fall out. He throws the mud bird away when a real one comes along - the Road Runner, who runs so fast that he literally burns up the road, setting Wile E.'s feet on fire! Wile E. schemes to catch the Road Runner using a rope, a sling-shot, a gun on a spring, a rotating circle of spiked balls, a booby-trapped ladder, and a load of rocks.
Movie: Scrambled Aches ( 1957 )
Wile E. Coyote uses, among other things, a dehydrated boulder to try to catch the Road Runner. He applies a drop of water to enlarge it from pebble-size to usual boulder dimensions, but it enlarges as Wile E. is lifting it over his head, coming down on top of him.
Movie: Zoom and Bored ( 1957 )
Wile E. Coyote uses a bottle full of bees, a brick wall, a boulder in a catapult, and a harpoon gun in his usual unsuccessful attempts to catch the Road Runner.
Movie: Whoa, Be-Gone! ( 1958 )
Wile E. Coyote's plans for catching the Road Runner involve a giant elastic spring, a gun and trampoline, TNT sticks in a barrel, and tornado seeds. The last of these schemes results in the...
Movie: Hook, Line and Stinker ( 1958 )
Wile E. Coyote hopes to catch the Road Runner using a mallet, a cooking pan, a TNT stick, a balloon, and a piano dropped from a precipice. The last of these results in Wile E. falling to the road below along with the piano and ending up with 88 teeth.
Movie: Hip Hip-Hurry! ( 1958 )
Wile E. Coyote's latest schemes for catching the elusive Road Runner involve a grenade, a TNT-sling-shot, a trapese, a powered boat, and High-Speed Tonic.
Movie: Hot-Rod and Reel! ( 1959 )
Wile E. Coyote's failed efforts to catch the Road Runner involve the use of roller skates, a gun in a camera, a trampoline, a dynamite stick on a crossbow, a bogus railroad crossing, and a jet-powered unicycle.
Movie: Wild About Hurry ( 1959 )
The coyote's stratagems include a rocket, a slingshot with a giant rubber band, a large round rock dropped from atop a cliff, a rocket sled, bird seed laced with iron pellets, a bowling ball dropped down a tube, and the Acme indestructo steel ball.
Movie: Fastest with the Mostest ( 1960 )
Wile E. Coyote tries to drop a rocket bomb on the Road Runner from a balloon but inflates himself instead, ascends skyward, then falls along with the bomb. He tries painstakingly to deactivate the bomb before it explodes - and fails. His attempt to trap the Road Runner on the edge of a cliff results in the cliff collapsing under his feet, sending him to the ground to be hit by his own knife and fork and then fall into a waterfall leading to a maze of pipes.
Movie: Hopalong Casualty ( 1960 )
Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner using a dynamite stick on a fishing pole, a Christmas present wrapping machine, and ACME Earthquake pills, which the Coyote discovers don't ...
Movie: Zip 'N Snort ( 1961 )
Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner using a sling shot, a grenade in a toy airplane whose propeller detaches and leaves the plane behind, a cannon on a cliff ledge that gives way, and axle grease on his feet that sends him into the path of a train driven by the Road Runner.
Movie: Lickety-Splat ( 1961 )
Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner with roller skis, a bow, a rifle, a boomerang, an anvil, and several exploding darts let loose from a balloon. The darts keep descending on the Coyote and exploding at inopportune times.
Movie: Beep Prepared ( 1961 )
Wile E. Coyote tries and fails to catch the Road Runner using his foot extended to trip, an arrow, a hole in the road, a winged-rocket outfit, two electronically activated machine guns, and a super magnet.
Movie: Zoom at the Top ( 1962 )
Wile E. Coyote tries and fails to catch the Road Runner using a bear trap with a bird seed bait, a jet rocket, an ice-making machine, and a boomerang.
Movie: 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.
Movie: War and Pieces ( 1964 )
Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner with a grenade, a bow, a rope, invisible paint, a gun disguised as a peep show, and a rocket that tunnels him through the Earth to arrive in the Orient, where a Japanese Road Runner greets him.
Movie: Zip Zip Hooray! ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote suspends his chase with the Road Runner to explain to two young boys watching him on TV why he wants to catch the speedy bird.
Movie: Roadrunner a Go-Go ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote uses slow motion photography to record his failures at catching the Road Runner in hopes of detecting where exactly he went wrong and avoiding the same pratfalls in the future.
Movie: The Wild Chase ( 1965 )
Ever wonder who was the fastest Road Runner or Speedy Gonzales? This cartoon aimed to answer that all-important question between two of Warner Brothers' speediest characters. Of course, the race (set in an American desert) wouldn't be interesting without Wile E. Coyote or Sylvester trying to nab the bird and mouse. Both the hard-luck coyote and the puddy tat use a variety of tactics to grap their respective dinners, all which (of course) fail. In the end, Wile E. and Sylvester use a supersonic jet to pass their prey at the finish line (and "win" the race), but their vehicle quickly careens over the cliff. The poor puddy tat fall down over the cliff, just like Wile E. has so many times.
Movie: Rushing Roulette ( 1965 )
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.
Movie: Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote unsuccessfully tries to catch the Road Runner in a bird seed trap with overhead spikes, and then with a lightning rod disguised as a female Road Runner, with Wile E. doing rain dances to start a storm.
Movie: Tired and Feathered ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote's latest misbegotten Road Runner-catching schemes include a propeller-powered backpack, a stone log let loose down a hill, and a bogus bird sanctuary containing a phone booth...
Movie: Boulder Wham! ( 1965 )
Wily E. Coyote is chasing the roadrunner, who moves fast enough to easily clear a canyon. With Wily unable to get up the speed necessary to clear it as easily, he falls back onto a series of devices to try and get across to the waiting roadrunner.
Movie: Just Plane Beep ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote builds a World War I bi-plane to chase the Road Runner.
Movie: Hairied and Hurried ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner and hopes, without success, to catch his prey using such schemes as a snow-making machine, a bomb dropped from a kite, a parachute dive (into a tornado...
Movie: Highway Runnery ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner around an old jalopy that starts up and runs him over, with the Road Runner at the wheel. Wile E. plants a bomb in a fake egg shell for the Road Runner to sit on, but instead of exploding under the Road Runner, it hatches a robot that walks over to Wile E. and explodes.
Movie: Chaser on the Rocks ( 1965 )
Wile E. Coyote is both thirsty and hungry in this one. He keeps seeing mirages of oases in the desert as he chases the Road Runner.
Movie: Shot and Bothered ( 1966 )
Wile E. Coyote uses suction cups, a tennis net, TNT sticks on a rope, a skateboard, helium gas, and a bomb in his unsuccessful attempts to catch the Road Runner.
Movie: Out and Out Rout ( 1966 )
Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner using a skateboard, a hunting falcon, two doves tied to his feet, a hot rod, a wind sail, and glue stuck on the road. The last scheme ends with himself becoming stuck in the glue and flattened by a steam roller driven by the Road Runner.
Movie: 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.
Movie: Clippety Clobbered ( 1966 )
Wile E. Coyote uses a chemistry set to try and catch the Road Runner. He mixes chemicals to yield invisible paint, a bouncy outer skin, and a jet-powered spray can, none of which are successful.
Movie: Sugar and Spies ( 1966 )
Wile E. Coyote finds a spy kit and uses its contents (sleeping gas, a mail bomb, explosive putty, and a gadget-filled spy car) in his unsuccessful attempt to catch the Road Runner.
Movie: Freeze Frame ( 1979 )
Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner through some snowy mountaintops, leading to a series of snow-related traps such as the Acme Blizzard Machine which makes instant snow....a little too instant for the Coyote's taste.
Movie: Soup or Sonic ( 1980 )
The coyote's array of failures this time include a dropping safe, a pole vault, a rocket he rides on, a firecracker in a frisbee, giant flypaper, and explosive tennis balls. Everything seems to land him at the bottom of the same canyon.
Movie: Chariots of Fur ( 1994 )
Movie: Little Go Beep ( 2000 )
Baby Wile E. Coyote is told by his father, Cage E., that he's not to speak until he catches a roadrunner. Wile E. tries several products from Acme Jr., including a jack-in-the-box and a water-rocket-propelled bike. They maintain the fine tradition of Acme quality products.
Movie: The Whizzard of Ow ( 2003 )
Wile E. Coyote is chasing the Road Runner (still) and comes across the Acme Book of Magic. With the power to levitate heavy boulders, fly on broomsticks, and transfigure anything to suit his need, it seems like Wile E. finally has a chance at getting his breakfast... but then again, this is Wile E. Coyote we're talking about.
Movie: Coyote Falls ( 2010 )
Wile E. Coyote incorporates a bungee cord into his plans to catch the Road Runner.
Movie: Fur of Flying ( 2010 )
Wile E. Coyote intends to catch Road Runner while avoiding heat-seeking missiles using a makeshift copter-helmet.
Movie: Rabid Rider ( 2010 )
Wile E. Coyote once again tries to ensnare his long-time adversary, the Road Runner. In this short, Wile devises various attempts of capture with the aid of a Sedway, better known in the WC/RR world as the Hyper-Sonic Transporter by ACME.
Movie: Flash in the Pain ( 2014 )
Looney Tunes 3D short directed by Matthew O'Callaghan starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.
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