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Adventures of the Road Runner

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Adventures of the Road Runner
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Directed byChuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Tom Ray
Supervising animators:
Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Ben Washam
Produced byDavid H. DePatie
Eddie Selzer
(both uncredited)
Story byJohn W. Dunn
Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
Dick Beals
Nancy Wible
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Norman Nesbitt (uncredited)
Marian Richman (uncredited)
Paul Julian (uncredited)
Narrated byACME commercial announced by:
Dick Tufeld (uncredited)
Music byMusical direction:
Carl Stalling
Milt Franklyn
(both uncredited)
Music and song "Out in the Desert" written and orchestrated by:
Milt Franklyn
Animation byCharacter animation:
Dick Thompson
Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Tom Ray
Bob Bransford
Additional character animation:
Lloyd Vaughan (uncredited)
Special effects animation:
Harry Love
Layouts byCharacter and background layout:
Maurice Noble
Ernie Nordli
(both uncredited)
Character design:
Maurice Noble
Backgrounds byBackground paint:
Philip DeGuard
Color processTechnicolor
Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
June 2, 1962
Running time

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Adventures of the Road Runner is an unaired 1962 animated film, directed by Chuck Jones and co-directed by Maurice Noble and Tom Ray.[1][2] It was the intended pilot for a TV series starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner; however, the series was not picked up.[3]

As a result, Adventures of the Road Runner was released theatrically alongside the live-action film Lad: A Dog, and was subsequently split into three further shorts. The first, To Beep or Not to Beep, was released in 1963; the other two, Road Runner a Go-Go and Zip Zip Hooray!, were assembled by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises in 1965 after they took over the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series.

In 1966, four years after the pilot, Warner Bros. Television produced The Road Runner Show for CBS.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Mel Blanc as Wile E. Coyote
  • Dick Beals as Ralph Phillips
  • Nancy Wible as Ralph's Friend
  • Bea Benaderet as additional voices (uncredited)
  • Norman Nesbitt as additional voices (uncredited)
  • Marian Richman as additional voices (uncredited)
  • Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires as Vocalist (uncredited)
  • Paul Julian as Road Runner (uncredited)
  • Dick Tufeld as ACME commercial announcer (uncredited)


  1. George W. Woolery (1983). "Children's Television, the First Thirty-five Years, 1946-1981: Animated cartoon series". Scarecrow Press. p. 238. ISBN 9780810815575. Retrieved 2020-04-07. Some of the cartoons were spliced together as a featurette, The Adventures of the Road Runner (WB, 1962), and were incorporated in the animated feature, The Bugs Bunny /Road Runner Movie (WB, 1980). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. John Cawley; Jim Korkis (1990). "Cartoon superstars". Pioneer Books. ISBN 9781556982699. Retrieved 2020-04-07. 1962 found the pair starring in THE ADVENTURES OF THE ROAD RUNNER. This was an unsold TV pilot, and similar to the popular prime time BUGS BUNNY SHOW (1960-62), it featured old and new animation. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 382. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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