War and Pieces
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 and The Road Runner
Preceded By: The Iceman Ducketh
Succeeded By: Hawaiian Aye Aye
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War and Pieces

War and Pieces is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical animated short which was made in 1963 and released in 1964. It was directed by Chuck Jones, and features Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.


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.

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


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


  • 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]


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