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Archive for February 19th, 2009

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by Allan Fish

(USA 1952 7m) DVD1/2

Accelerati Incredibilus vs Carnivorous Vulgaris

p  Edward Selzer  d  Chuck Jones  w  Michael Maltese  m  Carl Stalling

Artificial Rock, Atom-Re-Arranger, Building Disintegrators, Clue Collector, Dehydrated Boulders, Do It Yourself Tornado Kit, Earthquake Pills, Elephant Bullets, Giant Rubber Band (comes in various sizes and strengths), Hitch-Hiker’s Thumb, Indestructo Steel Ball, Instant Girl (handy!), Invisible Paint, Iron Bird Seed, Jet Propelled Pogo Stick, Junior Explosive Kit, Paper Clips No. 4 (not sure what happened to numbers 1, 2 and 3), Rocket Powered Roller Skates, Smokescreen Bomb, Triple Strength Battleship Steel Armour Plate, let’s face it, you could easily go on forever.  You’ll have guessed they’re not the sort of thing you’ll find in your local Target or Asda, but rather the weird and not so wonderful products of the world famous Acme Incorporated, used by the indefatigable Wile E.Coyote in the numerous cartoons where he consistently failed to catch Road Runner.  You might well ask why, if the coyote could afford to buy out Acme’s entire back catalogue he couldn’t just get himself some other food than his elusive quarry, but that’s bringing logic into a world where logic not only doesn’t exist but hasn’t even been thought of.  When in Buffy Xander Harris made a typical quip that “I was going to walk you off a cliff and hand you an anvil, but it seemed kinda cartoony“, it was this partnership he was referencing and Beep Beep, their first outing, remains arguably their best, a truly anarchic descent into failure for one of the most beloved characters in cartoons and inspiration for everyone from Professor Fate to Dick Dastardly, Wile E.Coyote.  (more…)

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