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War and Pieces
Warandpieces
Directed By: Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Produced By: David H. DePatie
Released: June 9, 1964
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: John Dunn
Animation: Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Bob Bransford
Tom Ray
Layouts: Dave Rose
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Paul Julian
Music: Bill Lava
Starring: Wile E. Coyote
Road Runner
Preceded By: The Iceman Ducketh
Succeeded By: Hawaiian Aye Aye
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War and Pieces

War and Pieces is a 1964 Looney Tunes short directed by Chuck Jones, and featuring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.

Title

The title is a pun on the Leo Tolstoy novel War and Peace.

Plot

Wile E. Coyote (Caninus Nervous Rex) pursues Road Runner (Burn-Em Uppus Asphaltus) and hurls a hand grenade which rebounds off a saguaro. Later attempts by the coyote include a bow, a hydraulic press activated by an electric eye, invisible paint, and a disguised shotgun. Finally, he rides a rocket, which goes the wrong way and sends him to the home of the Chinese Road Runner.

Notes

  • This was Chuck Jones' last Road Runner cartoon, and the last Chuck Jones-directed Warner Bros. cartoon to be released in the classic era.

Censorship

  • The ABC version of this cartoon cuts the sequence where Wile E. Coyote disguises a double-barrel shotgun as a peep show (called "Secrets of a Harem") and ends up getting shot. Also cut was an early scene where a hand grenade ricochets back to Wile and blows him up (surprisingly, the end in which Wile E. Coyote ends up in China with a Chinese Road Runner was not cut, despite a similar scene being edited when ABC showed the Sylvester and Tweety cartoon "Tweety and the Beanstalk")
  • The Merrie Melodies Show on FOX shows the "Secrets of a Harem" sequence, but replaces the part where Wile gets shot with a frozen scene of the Road Runner looking down from a cliff.[1]

References

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