The Wild Chase

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The Wild Chase
Merrie Melodies (Speedy Gonzales/Sylvester the Cat/ Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner) series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Hawley Pratt
Produced by David DePatie
Friz Freleng
Story by Friz Freleng (unc.)
Created by:
Friz Freleng
Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
(all three uncredited)
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Bill Lava
Animation by Norm McCabe
Don Williams
Manny Perez
Warren Batchelder
LaVerne Harding
Layouts by Dick Ung
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Studio DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) February 27, 1965
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 min (one reel)
Language English

The Wild Chase is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises featuring Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester the Cat, 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.

This is the only Speedy Gonzales short to feature Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, and the final time Speedy appears with Sylvester the Cat.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico, races against the Road Runner, the Texas road burner. During the race, Sylvester the Cat and Wile E. Coyote join forces in an attempt to catch their speedy nemeses, with predictable results. Often they mistakenly end up injuring each other in comical fashion.

1. As the race starts, Wile E. chases after Road Runner, only to run into a cloud of dust and fall off the cliff. Sylvester tries the same thing, only to find Speedy on the other side of the cliff, before Road Runner scares him off the cliff.

2. As the racers are coming, Wile E. and Sylvester catapult rocks to flatten them, but this backfires when the rocks crash into each other and land on Sylvester and Wile E. instead.

3. The duo then places iron pellets under bird seed and leaves slices of cheese; while the racers eat, the two attach a grenade to a roller skate with a magnet, but only the magnet part of the roller skate leaves and when Wile E. checks it, the grenade blows up in his face.

4. Wile E. rolls a flat rock to flatten the racers, but the rock does not move - it stays on the edge of the cliff. Wile E. attempts to make it drop, but it still does not move. Sylvester comes to help and they both jump up and down on it, then the rock finally drops the two of them off the cliff.

5. The duo decide to blow up the bridge as the racers are coming, but as Wile E. is placing the dynamite it explodes.

6. Finally, they use a rocket car to chase Speedy Gonzales and the Road Runner, but they zoom past them and finish first to win the race; however, nobody gets the trophy. They then fly into the air and the rocket car explodes as the end card fades in.


  • Co-Director: Hawley Pratt
  • Story: Friz Freleng, John Dunn
  • Animation: Norm McCabe, Don Williams, Manny Perez, Warren Batchelder, Laverne Hardling
  • Layout: Dick Ung
  • Backgrounds: Tom O'Loughlin
  • Film Editor: Lee Gunther
  • Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc
  • Music: Bill Lava
  • Produced by: David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng
  • Directed by: Friz Freleng

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