Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Looney TV: Adventures of the Road Runner (1962)

This next Road Runner item is rare in that the traditional opening is not used. Instead, Adventures of the Road Runner was actually a pilot for a television series that was pitched in 1962. Of course, the Road Runner wouldn't land the weekly series until 4 years later when CBS took a chance.

Subsequently, the 25 minute film was split into three shorts, released over a 3 year period, with the first, "To Beep or Not To Beep", released in 1963. The others were packaged by DePatie-Freleng in 1965.

Funny thing. The commercial that the two children are watching pitches "Acme Batman outfits". More than a decade later, Warner Communications, now Time-Warner, would acquire Batman's publisher, DC Comics. Animator Paul Julian is credited as the announcer, although you would have assumed it was actually Dick Tufeld, as I'd long assumed.

WB really missed the boat by not giving Wile E. Coyote (Mel Blanc) a solo series. Just sayin'.

Rating: A.

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