Rushing Roulette

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Rushing Roulette
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Story by David Detiege
Voices by Paul Julian (uncredited)
Music by Bill Lava
Animation by Warren Batchelder
Bob Matz
Norm McCabe
Manny Perez
Don Williams
Layouts by Dick Ung
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Studio DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) July 31, 1965 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 min.
Language English

Rushing Roulette is a 1965 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. It was directed by Robert McKimson, and was the second Road Runner cartoon directed by someone other than Chuck Jones, who had exclusively used the characters since their debut in 1949 (the first was The Wild Chase, directed by Friz Freleng). McKimson directed one other Road Runner cartoon the following year (Sugar and Spies). Unlike the ten Rudy Larriva-directed Road Runner shorts after Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner (which featured a series of pre-recorded music cues that didn't follow the action on-screen as closely), Rushing Roulette featured an entirely original score by Bill Lava.

The title of the cartoon is a play on Russian roulette.


As with all Road Runner cartoons, Wile E. Coyote tries various methods to nab the speedy bird:

  • Wile grabs Road Runner with a lasso but is merely dragged into a cactus.
  • Wile sets up a fake photo booth which has a cannon behind it. When the Road Runner actually gets a real picture taken at the booth, Wile, puzzled, looks into the barrel of his own cannon and is shot (in the smoke, a picture of the charred coyote floats past).
  • Wile puts on spring boots but is startled by the Road Runner's trademark "Beep beep!" and bounces off a nearby cliff. However, he bounces back up due to his boots and hits a rock. Both Wile and the rock fall to the ground, where the rock flattens Wile. The springs stick out upon said flattening.
  • Wile puts Ajax glue on the pavement to stick Road Runner. His plan backfires when he accidentally steps on the sticky pavement and Road Runner startles Wile so much with his "Beep beep!" that he actually lifts the pavement off the ground (with Wile still attached) and lands face down.
  • Wile tries to catch Road Runner with a handcar. This backfires when Road Runner gets his own handcar and chases Wile off a cliff with another "beep beep!".
  • Wile uses a sunbeam to roast Road Runner, but the bird uses a mirror to bounce the sunbeam back and burn the platform on which Wile is standing. On the ground, the mirror cracks, and so do Wile's eyes.
  • A repeat of the classic "exploding piano/xylophone" gag, also used in Ballot Box Bunny and Show Biz Bugs. This was later used in a cartoon of the Slappy Squirrel segment of Animaniacs: Slappy Goes Walnuts.
  • Wile pushes a boulder off a narrow ledge to hit Road Runner on the pavement below, but the boulder misses and keeps eating away at his platform until he's at pavement level. He manages to duck into a manhole right before getting hit by an oncoming truck, but the boulder lands on top of the manhole, preventing his escape.
  • Finally, Wile uses a personal helicopter but accidentally runs into the top of a tunnel. He's also flattened by an anvil he was prepared to drop on Road Runner, and is also hit by a Greyhound bus, driven by Road Runner.


  • Director: Robert McKimson
  • Story: David Detiege
  • Animation: Bob Matz, Manny Perez, Warren Batchelder, Norm McCabe, Don Williams
  • Layout: Dick Ung
  • Backgrounds: Tom O'Loughlin
  • Film Editor: Lee Gunther
  • Voice Effects: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian
  • Music: Bill Lava
  • Produced by: David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng

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