The Road Runner Show
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The Road Runner Show was an animated anthology series which compiled theatrical Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, which were produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons between 1949 and 1964. Several of the shorts, especially the ones produced from 1965 onward, were produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises after Warner Bros. closed their animation studio. The Road Runner Show also ran for two seasons on CBS (1966–68), and then on ABC for two seasons (1971–73). Each show would feature one Road Runner/Coyote cartoon, with a Tweety and Sylvester cartoon in the middle segment, and other WB animated character(s) in the third segment (usually Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn Speedy Gonzales, Pepe Le Pew and Hippety Hopper).
In 1968, CBS combined The Road Runner Show with The Bugs Bunny Show to produce The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour. The Road Runner and the Coyote more often shared at least an hour with Bugs Bunny on CBS during the late-1960s through the mid-1980s to the early-1990s.
The theme song was written and performed by Barbara Cameron. In 1999, it was covered by the Mexican band Chicos de Barrio and was later parodied in Histeria! featuring Father Time and Big Fat Baby. It has also been covered by Barenaked Ladies. An instrumental version was used as the theme song for the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote segments of The Looney Tunes Show.
References in popular culture
- The character Danny Torrance watches The Road Runner Show in the movie The Shining.
- Mark Knopfler's song Coyote from The Ragpicker's Dream album is written from the point of view of The Roadrunner addressing Wile E. Coyote.
- The Road Runner Show Page, by Kevin McCorry; retrieved 19 September 2013
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