On the Greatest Hour

How many of the characters in the line can you name? The words to sing along are below the video.

Overture, curtain, lights!
This is it. The night of nights.
No more rehearsing or nursing a part.
We know every part by heart!

Overture, curtain, lights!
This is it. We’ll hit the heights!
And oh, what heights we’ll hit!
On with the show, this is it!

Tonight what heights we’ll hit!
On with the show, this is it!”

The roots to this show started October 11, 1960 (a Tuesday night) when The Bugs Bunny Show premiering on ABC

The show originally composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons produced between August 1948 and December 1969

General Foods originally sponsored the show

In August 1962, ABC moved The Bugs Bunny Show to Saturday, but it was moved to Sunday morning in September 1967

In September 1968, moved to CBS which combined it with The Road Runner Show to make The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour

Behind the scenes

  • Directed by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson
  • Voices by Mel Blanc, June Foray, Stan Freberg, Hal Smith
  • Music Theme by Mack David and Jerry Livingston

Here’s the lineup, which are also linked to their post. Which did you visit?

Cultural Influence

Show’s Closing

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.