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)

4 comments:

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...

yup.