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"Fast and Furry-ous" is a 1949 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, featuring the debut of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (and by extension their stock tropes).

It is listed as one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes and also ended as a runner-up in The 50 Greatest Cartoons.

"Fast and Furry-ous" provides examples of:

  • Acme Products: Introduced in this cartoon. Although, only for the Super Suit.
  • Alliterative Title: "Fast and Furry-ous".
  • Amusing Injuries: The Coyote falls down and gets blown up a lot.
  • Artistic License – Engineering and Artistic License – Physics: The coyote puts together a meat grinder, refrigerator and electric motor to create ice cubes and snow so that he can ski off the mountain.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The Latin names for the Road Runner and Coyote are not actual Latin (see Binomium ridiculus).
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  • An Ax To Grind: The final scene. The Coyote is leaning against the back of a billboard watching for the Road Runner.
  • Binomium ridiculus: Both parties receive a new genus /species name (Acceleratii Incredibus and Carnivorus Vulgaris).
  • Boomerang Comeback: “One genuine boomerang, guaranteed to return.” It does. Cut over to the Road Runner and the package beside him: “Another genuine boomerang, guaranteed to return.” It does. Also the page image.
  • Bowdlerization: The version that was shown on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show cut the first time in the series that Wile E. Coyote epically fails with dynamite (cf. he has some dynamite buried in the road, is waiting to press the detonator as he hears the Road Runner speed by, he presses it down, and ends up getting blown up by the detonator).
  • Cartoon Physics: But it's so side-splittingly funny in all cases that it doesn't matter.
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  • Catchphrase: Beep Beep!
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Averted. The Coyote tries to fly using a superhero costume. He immediately falls off the cliff.
  • Disguised in Drag: Yes, even the Coyote did that. Here, he dresses up like a schoolgirl in the School Crossing scene.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his debut the Road Runner is more proactive and taunts and defends himself against the Coyote in a more standard Karmic Trickster fashion, a character trait Jones later dropped because it wasn't necessary. The Coyote always failed anyway. The word "ACME" only turns up on the Superhero Suit.
  • Hammered into the Ground: When Wile E. releases the string from under a boulder that will cause it to fall on the Road Runner, it suddenly reverses its center of gravity in mid-fall due to its enormous weight and drives the Coyote into the ground.
  • Jaw Drop: Following the Road Runner's little burst of speed, the Coyote comes to a stunned stop and pulls this expression.
  • Oh, Crap!: A classic example from Wile after he mistakenly dives in front of a bus.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: In this case, the Road Runner acts as the train.
  • Poe's Law: This cartoon was made as a Satire on the typical chase cartoons of that era. Jones had intended it as a one-shot idea. To his surprise the audience didn't get the satire and absolutely loved the cartoon, making room for more films around the duo.
  • Pun-Based Title: On the Busby Berkeley film "Fast and Furious" (1939).
  • Satire:
    • Jones made the cartoon as a parody of all the cartoons from the 1940s where characters ran around chasing one another, specifically Tom and Jerry.
    • Ironically, decades later Warner Bros. Animation produced a Tom and Jerry direct-to-video movie that had a very similar title: The Fast and the Furry.
  • Standard Snippet: We recognize Bedrich Smetana's "Dance Of The Comedians" from "The Bartered Bride", "Winter", "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" and "In My Merry Oldsmobile".
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Wile leaves a stick of TNT covered in dirt in the middle of the road and connects it to a detonator. When he pushes down on it, the detonator explodes on himself.
  • Super Speed: The Road Runner is so fast that the roads float up from the ground.
  • Talking with Signs:
    • Completing the School Crossing scene: “Road runners can’t read.”
    • Also “Merry Xmas” (to the tune of “Jingle Bells”) once the Coyote lands on the ground, refrigerator, skis, and all.


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Fast and Furry-Ous

Wile E. Coyote's attempt to get the Road Runner to hit a fake tunnel does not work very well.

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