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The Wild Chase is a 1965 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt.


Road Runner and Speedy Gonzales compete in a race, while Wile E. Coyote and Sylvester team up to catch them to eat for dinner, with backfiring results. Often, they mistakenly injure each other in comical fashion.

1. As the race starts, Coyote chases after Road Runner only to run into a cloud of dust and fall off the cliff. Sylvester tries the same thing only to find Speedy on the other side of the cliff. Road Runner scares him off the cliff.

2. As the racers are coming, Coyote and Sylvester catapult rocks to flatten them, but this backfires when the rocks crash into each other and land on Sylvester and Coyote instead.

3. The duo places iron pellets under bird seed and leaves slices of cheese. While the racers eat, the two attach a grenade to a roller skate with a magnet but only the magnet part of the roller skate leaves, and when Coyote checks, the grenade blows up in his face.

4. Coyote rolls a flat rock to flatten the racers, but the rock doesn't move. It stays and the edge of the cliff. Coyote attempts to make it drop but it doesn't move. Sylvester comes and they jump on it. The rock finally drops the two of them off the cliff.

5. The duo decide to blow up the bridge as the racers are coming, but as coyote is placing the dynamite, it explodes.

6. Finally, they use a rocket car to chase Speedy Gonzales and Road Runner, but they drive past them and finish first to win the race, but nobody gets the trophy. They then fly into the air as the rocket car explodes.




  • This short reuses animation from "Zoom and Bored" (1957), "Wild About Hurry" (1959) and "Hopalong Casualty" (1960).
  • This cartoon implies that the Road Runner cartoons originated from Texas (evident that the Road Runner is known as the "Texas Road Burner"). This is also supported in the two-dollar betting window scene where the Mexicans bet for Speedy Gonzales, while the Texan cowboys bet for the Road Runner.
  • Sylvester doesn't speak in this cartoon.
  • This is one of the only two cartoons where Speedy doesn't talk, except for "Arriba! Andale!" etc. as he zooms along. The other is "A Taste of Catnip".
  • Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote would once again team up to catch Speedy and Road Runner in the Looney Tunes DC Comics.
  • Road Runner and Speedy Gonzales usually use the same running sound effects in their respective cartoons, so a different sound effect was given to Speedy here to indicate which one is whom.
  • This is the only Coyote and Road Runner cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.
  • This is also the last cartoon to pair Speedy Gonzales with Sylvester, not counting Sylvester's cameo in "A Taste of Catnip".
  • This is the last DePatie-Freleng cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, and to use his musical methods and techniques. For the rest of the cartoons in the era, he would be the producer until "Daffy's Diner".
  • This is also the last theatrical Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng; he would later direct three televised shorts from 1979 to 1980, and two compilation films in 1981 and 1982.
  • This was the final cartoon shown on the final airing of The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Hour.[2]


TV Title Cards


Speedy Gonzales Cartoons
1953 Cat-Tails for Two
1955 Speedy Gonzales
1957 Tabasco RoadGonzales' Tamales
1958 Tortilla Flaps
1959 Mexicali ShmoesHere Today, Gone Tamale
1960 West of the Pesos
1961 Cannery WoeThe Pied Piper of Guadalupe
1962 Mexican Boarders
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili Weather
1964 A Message to GraciasNuts and VoltsPancho's HideawayRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild ChaseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffyChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1979 Fright Before Christmas
1980 The Chocolate Chase
Sylvester Cartoons
1945 Life with FeathersPeck Up Your Troubles
1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieCrowing PainsDoggone CatsCatch as Cats Can
1948 Back Alley OproarI Taw a Putty TatHop, Look and ListenKit for CatScaredy Cat
1949 Mouse MazurkaBad Ol' Putty TatHippety Hopper
1950 Home, Tweet HomeThe Scarlet PumpernickelAll a Bir-r-r-dCanary RowStooge for a MousePop 'Im Pop!
1951 Canned FeudPutty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Who's Kitten Who?Gift WrappedLittle Red Rodent HoodAin't She TweetHoppy Go LuckyA Bird in a Guilty CageTree for Two
1953 Snow BusinessA Mouse DividedFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty CorneredCats A-weigh!
1954 Dog PoundedBell HoppyDr. Jerkyl's HideClaws for AlarmMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'By Word of Mouse
1955 Lighthouse MouseSandy ClawsTweety's CircusJumpin' JupiterA Kiddies KittySpeedy GonzalesRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-ConditionedPappy's Puppy
1956 Too Hop to HandleTweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyThe Unexpected PestTugboat GrannyThe Slap-Hoppy MouseYankee Dood It
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy for TweetyMouse-Taken IdentityGonzales' Tamales
1958 A Pizza Tweety-PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyCat's PawHere Today, Gone TamaleTweet Dreams
1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip for Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws in the Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
1966 A Taste of Catnip
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat