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Highway Runnery is a 1965 Looney Tunes short directed by Rudy Larriva.

Title

The title is a play on the phrase "highway robbery."

Plot

Road Runner is running down the highway, and his wake is rattling objects on the side of the road. When he passes Wile E. Coyote, the gust of air pushes a cactus into Wile E.'s backside causing him to hop into the air howling. Later, he chases the bird around and around a junk car, kicking up a cloud of dust, and Road Runner disappears. Wile E. examines the car, but it suddenly starts and runs over him. Road Runner pops up behind the steering wheel, turns the car around, and crashes it into the coyote against a rock face.

Wile E. uses a giant rubber band as a slingshot. It flings him into a few boulders, then Road Runner ducks as he sails over, crosses a canyon, and smacks the opposite wall, before falling to the canyon floor and making an accordion of himself.

He rigs a sail to a skateboard, then uses an electric fan to blow wind in the sail. Using this he nearly succeeds but the cord pulls out of the socket and he coasts off the edge of the canyon again.

He builds a bomb with dynamite and an alarm clock, and puts it inside a big egg shell. He places the egg in a nest on the road, and when Road Runner comes, he dutifully sits on it. It soon hatches, and out walks the alarm clock with a road runner head on a spring on top of it. The clock walks over to the hiding coyote and promptly explodes.

Lastly, he straps a big rocket on his back as he's chasing his prey on a motor scooter. However, when he lights the rocket it sends him up in the air, where he passes through four clouds, and ends up in space. The rocket explodes, propelling a surprisingly unsoiled Wile E. into the air. The coyote plummets straight back to Earth, and crashes to the ground with such force that the impact dust can be seen far from Earth.

Availability

Streaming

Notes

  • Wile E. Coyote howls like a real coyote after getting slapped on the back by a cactus. This is the first and only time he howls.
  • The "iris out" effect that follows the Coyote's fall takes up everything but the earth. It is not until the impact dust that the effect is completed, ending the cartoon.

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