The Wild Chase
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|The Wild Chase|
|Merrie Melodies series|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng
Hawley Pratt (unc.)
Chuck Jones (archive footage - unc.)
|Produced by||David DePatie
|Story by||Friz Freleng (unc.)|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Bill Lava|
|Animation by||Norm McCabe
Abe Levitow (archive footage - unc.)
|Layouts by||Dick Ung|
|Backgrounds by||Tom O'Loughlin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 27, 1965|
|Running time||6 min (one reel)|
The Wild Chase is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises featuring Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester, with Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner along for the race. It was directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt, and was released February 27, 1965. This cartoon was the only Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner cartoon to be directed by either Freleng or Pratt, who specialized in Speedy and Sylvester cartoons. Thus it is also the only Speedy Gonzales short to feature Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all of Mexico, races against the Road Runner, the Texas road burner. During the race, Sylvester and Wile E Coyote combine forces in an attempt to catch their speedy nemeses, with predictable results. Often they mistakenly end up injuring each other in comical fashion. Finally they use a rocket car to chase Speedy Gonzales and Road Runner, but they drive past them and finish first, then they fly to the air and rocket car explodes.
- Most of the jokes in this cartoon are recycled from previous Wile E. Coyote shorts. They include Zoom and Bored, Wild About Hurry and Hopalong Casualty.
- This was another Looney Tunes cartoon in which Sylvester doesn't speak.
- This was the only cartoon from 1965 in which Speedy was not paired with Daffy Duck. But it was the final cartoon to have Speedy paired with Sylvester.
- This is also the only cartoon where Speedy doesn't talk either, other than "Arriba", etc.
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