On Wile E Coyote

Created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Brothers

First Appearance: Sept 17, 1949 in Fast and Furry-ous

Antagonist to Road Runner

48 cartoons feature Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner

Self-proclaimed Super Genius

Created elaborate plans and complex devices with mail-order parts from Acme Corporation attempting to catch Road Runner

When he talked, voice by Mel Blanc

Also appeared as an antagonist of Bugs Bunny in five shorts from 1952-1963

Also known as Carnivorous vulgaris, Road-Runnerus digestus, Eatibus anythingus, Famishus-famishus, Eatibus almost anythingus, Eatius birdus, Faishius fantasticus, Eternalii famishiis, Famishus vulgarus, Famishius vulgaris ingeniusi, Eatius slobbius, Hard-headipus ravenus, Evereadii eatibus, Apetitus giganticus, Hungrii flea-bagius, Desertous-operativus idioticus, Overconfidentii vulgaris, Caninus nervous rex, Grotesques appetites, Nemesis ridiculii, Dogius ignoramii, Poor schookius Canis latrans, Desertus operates idioticus

Creator’s four rules for Wile E Coyote

  • Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
  • The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.
  • The audience’s sympathy must remain with the Coyote.
  • The Coyote is not allowed to catch or eat the Road Runner.

The Road Runner and the Coyote appeared on Saturday mornings as the stars of their own TV series, The Road Runner Show, from September 1966 to September 1968, on CBS. At this time it was merged with The Bugs Bunny Show to become The Bugs Bunny and Road Runner Show, running from 1968 to 1985.