The Road Runner Show

CBS (ended 1968)



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The Road Runner Show

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Originally, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner were the stars of Warner Bros. theatrical cartoons. Like their contemporaries, they were packaged into Saturday morning's The Bugs Bunny Show, but by 1966, the two had become popular enough to earn their own spin-off. Created by legendary animator Chuck Jones, the series had a simple premise: The coyote, who was very hungry, tried to catch the Road Runner, who was very fast. Wile E. would try anything to catch his prey, utilizing a wide variety of products from the Acme Company (rocket skates, giant magnets, foot springs, etc.) Regardless of the scheme, it would always backfire, and Wile E. would end up trapping, flattening, or blowing himself up. The coyote was persistent, though. No matter how many failures he met with, no matter how many times he fell off a cliff, no matter how many signs he held up with the word “Ouch!” written on them, he refused to give up. Signs were the only way Wile E. communicated in his shorts with the Road Runner, and the bird only spoke the two-word catchphrase, “Beep Beep!” The cartoons took place in the desert, giving the bird a wide variety of boulders and cacti with which to crush or impale the coyote. The Road Runner cartoons are remembered fondly because of the simplicity of the tales. The plot stayed the same, while the action was different every time. Each episode even started the same way, with a shot of the Road Runner and his fake Latin name in parentheses underneath (birdicus speeedicus), then the same bit with the Coyote (famishus unbelievacus). The names would change each episode. While this particular Warner Bros. cartoon was, hands down, the most violent, it was also one of the most popular. The lack of dialogue made it simple enough for even the smallest child to understand exactly what the Coyote was planning and to enjoy the inevitable outcome. The Road Runner Show Premiered in 1966 on CBS and was replaced in 1968 by the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour. The format of this 30 minute show was as follows: Beginning - Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote short Middle - Tweety & Sylvester short End - one of any classic Looney Tunes shorts, such as Bugs Bunny, Speedy Gonzales, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Le Pew, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, or Daffy Duck.

Arthur Q. Bryan

Arthur Q. Bryan

Elmer Fudd

Bea Benaderet

Bea Benaderet

Additional Voices

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Various Characters (voice)

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  • My #1 favorite character has to be Elmer Fudd he has to be the funniest character in the history of cartoons.

    I love the storyline and the storyboard for this show I think it is superb. I love all of the characters including Elmer Fudd he's the one that kept this whole show alive in it's time because of the humor and funny things he does. Elmer Fudd had to be the safety net for the whole show like when this show was about to be pulled off the network Elmer Fudd saves the day. So this has to be one of the funniest cartoons of it's time so on a scale of 1 to 100 I rate this show 99. good day.moreless
  • My Favorite Looney Tunes Character

    One of my favorite Looney Tunes characters is the Road Runner. He's always running around in the desert road, and Wile E. Coyote wants to catch him. No matter what kinds of schemes the coyote formulates, they constantly fail. They were first created by Chuck Jones. I like most of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons. I enjoy seeing the coyote get into more pain whenever he fails to capture the Road Runner.moreless
  • Great!

    The Road Runner Show is a show about Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner. I really wish Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote would speak in the show. After that, there is a Tweety and Sylvester episode. I find the Tweety and Sylvester great. After that, there's an episode that may be about: Yosimete Sam, Speedy, Elmer or Foghorn.
  • Honestly, who DOESN'T like this show?

    Road Runner is a classic. I've been watching these [and other Looney tunes] cartoons since I can remember (Same goes with my parents). They're classic, they really are. I never get bored of watching that damned Coyote chase that clever Road Runner.

    I don't know about you guys, but whenever Wile E. pulls out something from 'Acme', I start laughing.

    And sometimes you might think: "How many times can a guy get blown up?" Well honestly, I never cared, and still don't.

    For a show that practically has no words spoken in it, it's excellent. Looney Tunes will never get old, and neither will this cartoon.moreless
  • Indestructo steel ball, need I say more?

    Without a doubt probably the absolute best series of events that has ever happened to Wile E Coytee. Once he enters the indestructo steel ball mayhem ensues. It is my favorite roadrunner cartoon of all. I hope that they will add it to their next golden collection. Who ever put together the story board was a complete genius.

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Animation, Comedy