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.

67 thoughts on “On Wile E Coyote

  1. That’s when I watched. 68 to 85. I always preferred chuck Jones work. You can see a distinct difference in the face, specifically the eyes, when he’s in charge. It’s also evident in his work with Tom and Jerry. And the humor seems elevated, wittier dialogue. Friz freleng was a great orchestrator of the physical movement, whereas I think jones’s films were more poised but cerebral.


  2. Another great cartoon series, enjoyed it as a kid, still enjoying it today. Good commentary on life too, sometimes I’ve been the Road Runner, but sometimes I’ve been the Coyote too!


  3. Oh, Frank, this made my day. I love Wile-e-coyote. Just love him.

    The first time I ever saw a real-live wild coyote my very first thought was, “hey that dog walks just like Wile-e-coyote” and then I realized that (1) there was a reason that dog walked like a coyote and (2) that the animators were truly amazing in how they portrayed real-life so skillfully.


  4. I always loved the faux-Latin designations. Every once in a while, somebody pays tribute – Top Gear UK advertised this season with cars (“Automobili Rapidus”) and the 3 hosts (something along the lines of “Idiotii” or “Imbecili” – both work for The Treadworn Trio). πŸ˜€


  5. You made my husband I both laugh, Frank! Fun, fun, fun! I loved the comment about the creator’s rules making sure that gravity was the coyote’s greatest enemy! Sure was! Although nothing beats Rocky and Bullwinkle for me, or Boris and Natasha, Wile E is pretty darned great! Debra


  6. Loooooovvvvveeeee Wile E. Coyote – thanks, Frank! It is a bit odd to watch your cartoon favorites as an adult and realize that they probably influenced your point of view more than you ( or your parents) realized. it is like watching it as your former child and your current adult (or adult-child) simultaneously . . . My parents hated Bugs Bunny and worried about us watching his cartoons – they thought he was mean and cruel, so, go figure. Personally, Mighty Mouse was my personal hero (even though I loved my cats)


    • Deborah,
      I loved cartoon as a kid, and fortunately, I grew up during what I call the era of classic cartoons. So Saturday mornings are a good time to post classic characters. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.


  7. I love Road Runner and Wile E. They were Great, Tony the Tiger might say. I did not realize there were only 48 episodes. Is that so? I still keep my VCR around because of a Road Runner tape being used to corrupt the minds of the grandchildren.


    • Randel,
      Oh no – you are corrupting the minds of your grandchildren with Road Runner? Sure hope Wisconsin Child Services doesn’t see this post! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting.


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