Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Rules of the RoadRunner

In case you didn't know, just like Noh and Kabuki, Perry Mason and Law & Order, Roadrunner cartoons have their own rules:

1. The coyote never catches the road runner;

2. The road runner never actively interferes with the coyote's plans;

3. The road runner must stick to the road;

4. Whenever possible, gravity is the coyote's biggest enemy.

From Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist by Chuck Jones (1994).
(By way of The Straight Dope)


Anonymous said...

that's all well and good... but where's the original stuff??

Andrew said...

okay, gotta differ with you (or Chuck, I guess).

I'll have to do the research to get episode numbers, but I distinctly remember:

1, the coyote did catch the road runner and had him tied up for a while, but his nefarious plans were so convoluted that the road runner got bored and escaped.

2. The road runner has been known to occaisionally move a road sign or otherwise "Alter" the scenario.

3. THe road runner occaisionally runs up behind the coyote while he's perched on the edge of a precipice over-looking the road in order to utter "meep-meep" and scare the coyote off the edge. This also violates #2, i suppose.

Anonymous said...

andrew you are super-cool

Andrew said...