Wile E. Coyote - Silent coyote
with bloodshot eyes who was in constant pursuit of a desert
roadrunner in a series of Warner Brothers cartoons.
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 was identified in
some of the cartoons by the pseudo-Latin words:
- Appetitis Giganticus
- Carniverous Vulgaris
- Everreadii Eatibus
- Hardheadipus Delirius
- Hungrii Flea Bagius
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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