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Wile E. Coyote - Silent coyote with bloodshot eyes who was in constant pursuit of a desert roadrunner in a series of Warner Brothers cartoons.

The near famished, Wile E. Coyote seemed to have an unlimited credit line with the Acme Wholesale Company which supplied the coyote with all sorts of Rube Goldberg type contraptions designed to catch the speedy roadrunner, (for example, Acme Giant Rubber Bands, Acme Jet Motors, Acme Rocket-Powered Roller Skates).

Wile first began chasing the lightning swift bird in the animated feature Fast and Furryous on September 16, 1949. Before chasing the roadrunner the coyote had been teamed with Ralph the Sheepdog. Wile E. Coyote starred in the animated series THE ROAD RUNNER SHOW/CBS/1968-71 and THE BUGS BUNNY/ROAD RUNNER HOUR/CBS/1966-68/ABC/1971-72 (theatrical cartoons produced from 1949-56 repackaged for television)

In the cartoon Operation: Rabbit (1952) the usually silent Wile E. Coyote talked to Bugs Bunny with a British accent.

Wile E. Coyote in Desert

Wile E. Coyote was identified in some of the cartoons by the pseudo-Latin words:

  • Appetitis Giganticus
  • Carniverous Vulgaris
  • Everreadii Eatibus
  • Famishius-Famishius
  • Hardheadipus Delirius
  • Hungrii Flea Bagius
  • Overconfidentii Vulgaris

In the cartoon Soup or Sonic (1980) Wile E. Coyote finally snags the Roadrunner and then holds up a sign that reads: "You always wanted me to catch him. Now what do I do?"

In 1999, the US Post Office issued a 33 cent stamp featuring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.


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