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Western Animation / Stop! Look! And Hasten!

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"Stop! Look! And Hasten!" was a 1954 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. With Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

The Coyote is trudging around an open road when he hears some buzzing. Snatching up and eating the source of the buzzing, he continues his pacing. Then he notices a tincan in the middle of the road, rummages around inside, and finally chews on it like a cartoon goat. He is still chewing when he gets knocked into the air by the Road Runner.

Watching the Road Runner put on his usual burst of speed for the getaway, the Coyote feels his eyes fall out of his sockets. Putting them back in and laying down on the road, he ponders his next play.

Between a lanyard on a boulder, a lasso on the road, an open-road trap covered by a tarp, a pop-up grate with a crank, a Chase Scene on train tracks, a dynamite stack in a culvert, a motorcycle, a birdseed stop on a bridge (if you can believe it, his only date with gravity in the whole cartoon), and some – get this – Leg Muscle Vitamins (triple strength fortified, even), the Coyote continues to go nowhere in his pursuits.


Tropes appearing in this cartoon:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Burmese tiger trap (indicated on the cover of the book in that scene) is used in war and hunting, usually with sharp spikes at the bottom.
  • Binomium Ridiculus: The Coyote is Eatibus anythingus; the Road Runner is Hot-roddicus supersonicus; and the Burmese tiger (shown in the page image) is Surprisibus! Surprisibus!
  • Bowdlerization:
    • On ABC, the part where Wile E. Coyote puts dynamite under the road and gets blown up when the detonator gets pressed up against the stone was cut.
    • On CBS, the end card where the Roadrunner spells out "That's All Folks!" in dust was cut (very much like the original opening cards and credits, any ending cards—particularly those that serve as the final gag in the cartoon and aren't separated by an iris-out—were edited on network TV airings for time reasons).
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    • The Nickelodeon version leaves in what ABC and CBS cut, but edits the sequence during the cartoon's climax where Wile E. Coyote ingests "Acme Triple-Strength Leg Muscle Vitamins" to remove the close-up shot of the box (yet the part where Wile E. gulps down the entire box was left in. Contrast this with the aspirin scene from "Beep, Beep" or the earthquake pill sequence from "Hopalong Casualty" where the actual act of pill ingestion was cut on Nickelodeon).
  • Brick Joke: The pop-up steel grate that didn't pop up when Wile E. needed it to finally deploys just as he's about to catch the Roadrunner and slams into it head on.
  • Burning Rubber: The Coyote leaves a trail of fire when he runs after taking the vitamins.
  • Epic Fail: The Coyote is hanging over a bridge, taking a saw to the space around the birdseed while the Road Runner is eating. Guess which one part of the bridge doesn’t fall away?
  • Excited Show Title! / Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Oh, yeah.
  • Exact Words: It's a Burmese tiger trap, not a Roadrunner trap.
  • Eye Pop: Exaggerated. The Coyote's eyes literally pop out of their sockets and fall onto the road. The scene is staged from the waist down, so we are spared the sight of the Coyote's face sans eyeballs.
  • Gone Horribly Right: “How to Build a Burmese Tiger Trap.” Tenth Printing, no less. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: As the Coyote downs an entire box of Leg Muscle vitamins, his thigh and calf muscles swell to twice their size.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The boulder connected to the pulley, and the grate wall that finally deploys once the Road Runner passes over it.
  • Meat-O-Vision: To the tune of “A Cup of Coffee,” the Road Runner is depicted as a roast bird with all the fixings.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: What’s a tiger doing out on the open highways of the American southwest, anyway?
  • Plunger Detonator: Which gets caught on a stump as the Coyote is placing the dynamite. KABOOM!!
  • Pun-Based Title: The second cartoon to have one for “stop look and listen.”
  • Running on the Spot / Wheel o' Feet: Follows the Growing Muscles Sequence. After a few light steps, the Coyote sets himself low to the ground to reduce his drag, then takes off, leaving the type of fire trail the Road Runner would leave in "There They Go-Go-Go!".
  • Talking with Signs: Soon as the relieved Coyote takes a step out on the tracks, he hears a train whistle behind him. Turning around to notice the source of the whistle: STOP IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY!
  • That's All, Folks!: Written out in a dust trail after the Road Runner returns to observe the impact of the grate on the Coyote. It crossfades into the regular end card after.
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: To further expound on the “Eatibus anythingus” designation, the Coyote is shown eating a bee or a fly (which isn’t a bad source of protein, for the record) and a tin can.
  • What a Drag: The lasso winds up getting a moving truck instead. The Coyote gets bumped along a few times, does a forward roll once he loses his grip, and “slides” forward on his backside — losing that part of his hide. He skulks off in disgust.

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