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Adventures of the Road-Runner
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Directed By: Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Tom Ray
Produced By: David H. DePatie
Released: June 2, 1962
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: John Dunn
Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
Animation: Bob Bransford
Ken Harris
Tom Ray
Richard Thompson
Ben Washam
Layouts:
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Joe Flaherty
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Dick Beals
Nancy Wible
Paul Julian (uncredited)
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner
Ralph Phillips
Preceded By: Mexican Boarders
Succeeded By: Bill of Hare
Adventures of the Road-Runner is an animated film, directed by Chuck Jones and co-directed by Maurice Noble and Tom Ray. It was the intended pilot for a TV series starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, but was never picked up. As a result, it was split into three further shorts. The first one was To Beep or Not to Beep (1963). The other two were assembled by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1965 after they took over the Looney Tunes series. The split-up shorts were titled Road Runner a Go-Go and Zip Zip Hooray!.

The short revolves around Wile E. Coyote reviewing his past attempts at catching the Road Runner (in the form of stock footage from previous Coyote/Road Runner shorts), and making new, revised plans to catch him - which go just as wrong, if not more so than the first attempts. In a mostly unrelated story, as two children (one of them is Ralph Phillips) watch the Coyote on television, Ralph is talking about how much trouble he has concentrating on things and gets caught up in his daydreams (re-using footage from Jones' earlier short, From A to Z-Z-Z in the process). The two stories briefly link up when the Coyote directly addresses the kids on why he wants to eat the Road Runner. This sequence features a television commercial for "The Acme Batman Suit! The only Batman uniform worn by bats!", which is newly narrated stock footage from Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z.

The short also contains what would most likely have been the series' opening sequence, closing sequence and theme song (titled Out on the Desert) of the hoped for series. When Jones later produced the Tom and Jerry series, the format of the Coyote reviewing his past adventures would be copied in the short Shutter Bugged Cat, which Tom Ray also directed.

Clips from this film were later included in the Toon Heads special The Lost Warner Bros. Cartoons. The whole film was included as a bonus feature in Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2.

The Looney Tunes films
Featurette
Adventures of the Road-Runner
Behind-the-scenes documentaries
Bugs Bunny: Superstar | Chuck Amuck: The Movie
Greatest Hits retrospectives
Centering on Bugs Bunny
The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie | The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie | Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales | The Looney Tunes Hall of Fame
Centering on Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island | Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Original cinematic material
Space Jam | Looney Tunes: Back in Action | Speedy Gonzales (film) | Pepe Le Pew (film) | Marvin the Martian (film) | Bugs Bunny (film) | Space Jam 2
Direct-to-video releases
Tweety's High Flying Adventure | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
Cameos
Two Guys from Texas | My Dream Is Yours | It's a Great Feeling | Animalympics | Who Framed Roger Rabbit? | Gremlins 2: The New Batch | Justice League: The New Frontier

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