Tired and Feathered
Tired and Feathered
Directed By: Rudy Larriva
Produced By: David DePatie
Friz Freleng
Released: September 18, 1965
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Rudy Larriva
Animation: Hank Smith
Virgil Ross
Bob Bransford
Layouts: Erni Nordli
Backgrounds: Anthony Rizzo
Film Editor: Lee Gunther
Voiced By: Paul Julian
Music: Bill Lava
Starring: Wile E. Coyote
Road Runner
Preceded By: Tease for Two
Succeeded By: Boulder Wham!

Tired and Feathered is a 1965 Merrie Melodies cartoon.


The title is a play on the phrase "tarred and feathered."


The Road Runner is running down the road, giving out a "Beep, beep!" From a high cliff, Wile E. Coyote spies on him using binoculars. Hungry, he dashes after him. Seconds later, he actually manages to get the Road Runner by his tail feathers! Or so you think. This does not stop the Road Runner, who, while actually reacting to the coyote yanking his feathers for a few seconds, continues along while Wile E. slides into mid-air off a cliff. Left with his prey's two feathers, the coyote looks at them both, then looks down into the canyon below! Horrified, Wile E. flaps the feathers, trying to fly. Unfortunately, the feathers are too light to grant Wile E. flight so gravity pulls him down. Once he has taken the plunge, Wile E. recovers and, annoyed, tries to blow away one of the feathers, but it just flies back and pokes him in the eye.


  • Beginning with this cartoon, all subsequent Road Runner cartoons directed by Rudy Larriva and subcontracted to Format Films up until "Clippety Clobbered" (1966) use a set of stock music cues by William Lava, due to extremely low budgets. This means in all these remainder ten Rudy Larriva-directed Road Runner cartoons, the exact same music score from this cartoon is reused over and over again, and therefore you'll hear the exact same music scores in this and nine later Road Runner cartoons directed by Larriva within 1965-1966.
    • Interestingly, these "repetitive" music scores by William Lava are even reused in the new animated bridging sequences directed by an uncredited Robert McKimson showcasing one of the Coyote's botched attempts of catching the Road Runner shown between each cartoon in The Road Runner Show.



Versions of this short shown on ABC's The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show cuts the explosion in the telephone booth so that the viewer doesn't see the blackened and burnt Wile E. Coyote in the booth.[citation needed|date=]