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Run, Run Sweet Roadrunner is an animated cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series released by Warner Bros.. It features Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner and was directed and written by Rudy Larriva and co-animated by Hank Smith and Tom McDonald for release in 1965.

Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner
Directed byRudy Larriva
Produced byDavid H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Herbert Klynn
Story byCreated by:
Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
(both uncredited)
Story (credited)/writing (uncredited):
Rudy Larriva
Music byBill Lava
Animation byCo-animation:
Hank Smith
Tom McDonald
Layouts byErni Nordli
Backgrounds byTony Rizzo
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
August 21, 1965
Running time

It was the first of the Road Runner cartoons subcontracted to Format Productions, and the one of the only three which composer William Lava was able to properly score. (The subsequent cartoons had to use a set of stock musical cues due to extremely low budgets.)


The short starts off with Wile E. waiting behind a rock for the Road Runner to zoom by. Wile E.looks at the camera and flutters his eyebrows as Road Runner races by. The coyote starts to chase him to the edge of a cliff. Road Runner produces a sign that says HOLD IT. There are hopscotch marks right at the end of the cliff, which is covered by a cloud. After Roadrunner hopscotches, Wile E. takes his turn. But the cloud drifts away and the edge of the cliff breaks. Wile E. plummets to the canyon bottom. The battered coyote looks up at the rim, which is seen from his point of view. Roadrunner is heard making his trademark "beep beep" noise and then zooming off.

We then see a shot of Wile E. sharpening the spikes on a metal grate. He covers it up with a sheet and raises it up using a pulley. He then climbs down from the top of a rock, and it cuts to Wile E.hammering signs into the ground. One says FREE FOOD—200 YARDS, another says BIRD SEED LIKE MOTHER USED TO SERVE—100 YARDS and a third says EAT IN THE SHADE, 20 DEGREES COOLER--followed by Wile E. pouring bird-seed into a little bowl with a sign that says FREE BIRD SEED that is under the large sharp spiked grate and disguises it as a shade canopy. He watches from the top of his rock with a pair of binoculars as Road Runner runs to the bowl of bird seed, gobbles it up in three seconds, and runs off before the coyote can cut the grate loose. Wile E. gets a stunned look on his face and climbs down to fill the bowl with more bird seed. Unfortunately, the hot sun creates a glare on the lenses of the binoculars he left on top of the rock and it burns the rope holding up the shade canopy. As the coyote pours more seed into the bowl, he hears creaking, stands up to listen, and slowly looks up in distress just as the canopy falls right on top of him, leaving him covered by the sheet from the spiked metal grate, which then peels off in segments like a banana. Angry, he then inadvertently has a new brainstorm: create a fake female road runner.

The next scene, we see a box for an ACME LIGHTNING ROD. Wile E. sticks the rod in the ground and puts the female road runner's "body" on the middle of the stick. He then sticks blue feathers and a beak to the head and paints eyes on it. Wile E. sticks the female "road runner" on the road and uses a road runner "call". He hides behind a rock and holds an axe while he waits for Road Runner to run by, giving him an opportunity to hack him to bits with the axe. Upon hearing the call, Road Runner runs right to the female "road runner" and plants a kiss on it. Wile E. misses and chops the ground, and the force from the impact results in the head from the female "road runner" flying off and hitting Wile E. on the head.

Later, after repairing the road runner decoy, Wile E. plants it in another area beside the road before heading back behind a cliff. He then reemerges wearing Native American tribal clothes and holding a drum. He looks up at the clear sky, then commences a rain dance. Clouds soon start to gather and Wile E. does another rain dance. It quickly begins to rain, to Wile. E's delight. He does a third dance and this time, a bolt of lightning zaps the female road runner, just as Wile E. runs out of the way. His trap tested and ready, the coyote uses the road runner call and the real Road Runner is seen running towards the decoy road runner. Wile E. hides behind the cliff as the Road Runner stops when he sees the female "road runner". He tiptoes towards her, Wile. E anxiously waiting for him to get close enough and is delighted when Road Runner leans close to the decoy. Wile E. then frantically beats his drum, then unfurls an umbrella to protect himself from another lightning bolt, which unfortunately misses the Road Runner and his "girlfriend" and hits the coyote's umbrella. Burnt to a crisp, he stands there, still holding his (burnt out) umbrella.


The title is a parody of Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, which was released in late 1964.

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