Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday Morning Cartoons--Guided Muscle

For today's Saturday Morning Cartoons, how about a little "Beep Beep?" It is the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in Warner Brother's Guided Muscle. Chuck Jones created an incredible masterpiece of animation with the Road Runner cartoons. The premise of these cartoons are very simple--the Coyote chases the Road Runner on a deserted highway in the American Southwest. The Coyote fails to catch the Road Runner. The Coyote creates elaborate schemes to catch the Road Runner, which ultimately fail. The Road Runner does not harm, or antagonize the Coyote, with the exception of sticking his tongue out and exclaiming "Beep Beep!" And finally, there is no dialog in the film. What is so brilliant about the series is that the audience's sympathies are drawn towards the Coyote--we want the Coyote to catch the Road Runner, even though we know he will ultimately fail. I'd get up on Saturday mornings and, with my younger brother and sister, we would watch Road Runner cartoons while eating Dad's famous pancakes.

So here's Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner in Guided Muscle. From YouTube:

Beep Beep!

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