RoadrunnerDo you like the Roadrunner? Well, I do, luckily I’ve today stumbled upon this del.icio.us bookmark: Roadrunner videos. That made my day, loads of funny Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner videos, while the question is not answered if this is copyright infringement, it’s pure fun to see the three page wide hunting.

Lurking for deeper information about the cartoon, I’ve found the wikipedia article, the ACME site, the Road Runner show page, where I found the following:

Plymouth RoadrunnerIf you’re on a highway and Road Runner goes beep-beep!
Just step aside, or you might end up in heap!
Road Runner, Road Runner runs on the road all day.
Even the Coyote can’t make him change his ways.

Sounds a bit like the sponsor hunting at the WordPress themeviewer right now…

 

Plymouth, a division of the Chrysler Corporation, released in the year 1970 this supercool Muscle car with a 426-cid Hemi engine, costs for Plymouth were $50,000 US Dollar (at that time) for the rights to use the Road Runner name and other bells and whistles ( beep – beep horn ).

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Jones based the Coyote on Mark Twain’s book Roughing It, in which Twain described the coyote as “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton” that is “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” Jones said he created the Coyote-Road Runner cartoons as a parody of traditional “cat and mouse” cartoons such as MGM’s Tom and Jerry, which Jones would work on as a director later in his career. Jones modelled the Coyote’s appearance on fellow animator Ken Harris.

The Coyote’s name of Wile E. is a play on the word “wily.” The “E” was said to stand for Ethelbert in one issue of a Looney Tunes comic book, but its writer had not intended it to be canon.
The Coyote’s surname is routinely pronounced with a long “e” (/kaɪˈoʊtiː/ ky-OH-tee), but in one cartoon short, To Hare Is Human, Wile E. is heard pronouncing it with a diphthong (/kaɪˈoʊteɪ/ ky-OH-tay). Early model sheets for the character prior to his initial appearance (in Fast and Furry-ous) identified him as “Don Coyote”, a play on Don Quixote.


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