Chaser on the Rocks
Chaser on the Rocks
Directed By: Rudy Larriva
Produced By: David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Herbert Klynn
Released: December 25, 1965
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tom Dagenais
Animation: Hank Smith
Virgil Ross
Bob Bransford
Layouts: Don Sheppard
Backgrounds: Anthony Rizzo
Film Editor: Joe Siracusa
Voiced By: Paul Julian
Music: Bill Lava
Starring: Wile E. Coyote
Road Runner
Preceded By: Highway Runnery
Succeeded By: The Astroduck

Chaser on the Rocks is a 1965 Merrie Melodies short directed by Rudy Larriva.


Wile E. Coyote is chasing Road Runner. Road Runner zooms off, and Wile stops. He looks up at the sun, and Road Runner enters and does the same. The hot sun continues to beam down on them, and Road Runner zooms away again. The Coyote sees Road Runner in an oasis and jumps in. The oasis turns out to be a mirage, and Wile falls between two cliffs. After landing, he sees another oasis, but he thinks that this one is a mirage as well. It turns out that that oasis was real, as Wile falls in. As he sinks, Wile holds up one hand and counts to three on his fingers as he goes under.

1. Wile paints a TNT stick to look like a glass of lemonade. He puts a straw and a lemon slice in it as well. Road Runner approaches and drinks the "lemonade". Wile E. presses on the detonator, but nothing happens. Wile takes the "lemonade" and starts to drink it when it explodes!

2. A sign says "FREE BIRD BATH". Wile E. is setting up the birdbath. Road Runner approaches, and Wile E. climbs up on a diving board attached to a rock above the birdbath. Road Runner reads the sign and jumps into the birdbath. Wile jumps off the diving board, hoping to catch the Road Runner. Road Runner jumps out of the birdbath, and Wile gets stuck in it. After this, Wile falls off a cliff. While falling, he gets out of the birdbath, and after he lands, it lands on him.

3. Wile sees an emergency fire hose, which he tries to use to get a drink. He hardly gets any water from it at first, but Road Runner turns it on maximum. The hose gets out of control, sending the Coyote flying! He sticks his finger in the nozzle, but it gets stuck. The water pressure pops it out and sends him falling off a cliff.

4. Finally, Wile sets up a "DETOUR" sign pointing to a tunnel with a cannon at the end. He hears Road Runner approaching, and enters the tunnel. Road Runner enters the tunnel, and Wile sees him. He fires the cannon, and the cannonball misses Road Runner and hits a rope which sends the cannonball back through the tunnel. Wile enters the tunnel to see what happened, and he (possibly) ends up swallowing the cannonball. He enters the cannon, and Road Runner fires it. Wile E. goes through the tunnel, hits the rope, goes back through the tunnel and into the cannon, which Road Runner fires again.



  • On ABC, the dynamite drink sequence (gag number one) was cut.
  • There has been a long-standing rumor that the original ending to this short depicted the Road Runner firing Wile E. Coyote from a cannon into the sun, and that the ending was cut when the cartoon was brought over to television. According to storyboard and script information found by animation historian Jerry Beck, rumors of the "Wile E. Coyote gets shot into the sun" ending were proven to be false.[1]


  • Strangely the Lobby Card for this short doesn't depict anything from this short, rather, it depicts a scene from "Shot and Bothered"


TV Title Cards


  1. Cartoon Research: Warner Bros. Cartoons

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