Beep Prepared

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Beep Prepared
Merrie Melodies (Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner) series
Directed by Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Produced by David H. DePatie
Story by John W. Dunn
Chuck Jones
Voices by Paul Julian (uncredited)
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Bob Bransford
Ken Harris
Tom Ray
Richard Thompson
Backgrounds by Phillip Deguard
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) November 11, 1961 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Beep Prepared is a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1961. It features Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. Chuck Jones directed from a story by John Dunn.

Plot[edit]

As in all other cartoons featuring the pair, Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner. It begins with the Coyote (hungrii flea-baggius) assuming the "on your mark" stance used in track and field events. As soon as he goes into "get set" mode, he hears the familiar beeping sound and gets shocked into a backward move, suspended in mid-air atop a ravine. The Road Runner (tid-bitius velocitus) issues the gunshot that causes the Coyote to drop (one of three overhead shots shown in the short).

1.) First, Wile E. tries to trip the Road Runner with his own foot, only to have it flattened by a passing delivery truck.

2.) Taking higher ground, Wile E. uses a bow and arrow to skewer the Road Runner, only to backfire and cause a chain of reactions that leads to him getting sandwiched by boulders.

3.) Using a manhole cover to cover a manhole, Wile E. intends to trap the Road Runner inside of the manhole. But when the Road Runner approaches the manhole, the laws of physics break as the Road Runner picks up the manhole and runs off. Furiously, Wile E. gives chase after the Road Runner towards the bridge. The Road Runner stops half-way in the middle of the bridge as he drops the manhole cover in front of Wile E.'s chase path. The result: Wile E. falls in the manhole, through the bridge and then plummets down to the ground below.

3.) Hoping to have a better advantage in the Air, Wile E. uses another Bat-Man Costume, but this time, to ensure he goes faster, he uses a small rocket-powered jet pack to help him chase after the Road Runner, only to have it blown up entirely. And since Wile E'.s bat costume was made cloth, it too, got burned up. And now, with nothing to help him fly... Wile E. submits to gravity once again.

4.) Wile E. has ordered a box of ACME Iron Bird Seed which uses as bait for his next plan. This time, he's wearing roller blades. When Wile E. sets up the bait with a "FREE LUNCH!" sign, he skates over behind a rock where he straps on a big magnet. When the Road Runner ate the seeds, the magnet that Wile E. had strapped on suddenly started to get attracted to the Road Runner. And as the magnet follows the Road Runner, so does Wile E. as the skates provided transportation as he chased after the Road Runner. The Road Runner leads Wile E. up the hillside cliffs and then surprisingly, The Road Runner took a left turn onto railroad tracks. Wile E. was confused as why the Road Runner would suddenly run on a railroad track. Just as the Road Runner was approaching a bridge, he suddenly runs off as Wile E.'s magnet was now attracted to something else that was headed right towards him: A TRAIN!

5.) After that failure, and as the sun was starting to set, Wile E. sets up a spring-loaded block of pavement, which ends up crushing him just as the Road Runner stopped right in front of it.

6.) As the day was coming to a close, Wile E. erects a pair of machine guns connected by a trip rope, and ends up getting reduced in size when the guns blast him in the midsection.

7.) Finally, at night, Wile E. gets two last things from ACME: a rocket sled and 30 miles of railroad tracks. However, just as Wile E. was about to pursue the Road Runner, one last time... The rocket sled blasts off from the ground and soars off, up in the sky, leaving Earth's Atmosphere, and past the moon and beyond the stars. Soon enough, after the rocket sled explodes into deep space, the night sky has a new Sagittarius-like constellation... in the form of Wile E. Coyote.

"That's all Folks!"

Home Media[edit]

This cartoon will be released on Blu Ray on The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3. It is unknown if it will be released on DVD.


Censorship[edit]

  • The beginning of the cartoon when shown on CBS and ABC cuts the part where Wile E. Coyote falls after the Road Runner fires off the starter pistol because that's when the opening credits appear (original opening credits of the Looney Tunes cartoons were cut for time reasons on ABC and CBS and replaced with a simple card with the title of the cartoon being shown before the cartoon).
  • ABC's version also cuts the gag where Wile E. sets up a machine gun trap and the Roadrunner breaks through the rope that trips the guns (which doesn't cause the guns to go off) and Wile E. pulls on the broken ropes and ends up getting shot in the midsection and cut down to size and an early gag where Wile E. Coyote is strapped into an elaborate rocket disguise that only succeeds in blowing him up and making him fall off the cliff.

Reception[edit]

Beep Prepared received an Academy Award nomination as Best Animated Short for 1961. It was the only Oscar-nominated Road Runner / Coyote cartoon.

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