|War and Pieces|
The title is a pun on the Leo Tolstoy novel War and Peace.
Wile E. Coyote (Caninus Nervous Rex) pursues Road Runner (Burn-Em Uppus Asphaltus) and hurls a hand grenade which rebounds off a saguaro. Later attempts by the coyote include a bow, a hydraulic press activated by an electric eye, invisible paint, and a disguised shotgun. Finally, he rides a rocket, which goes the wrong way and sends him to the home of the Chinese Road Runner.
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- The ABC version of this cartoon cuts the sequence where Wile E. Coyote disguises a double-barrel shotgun as a peep show (called "Secrets of a Harem") and ends up getting shot. Also cut was an early scene where a hand grenade ricochets back to Wile and blows him up (surprisingly, the end in which Wile E. Coyote ends up in China with a Chinese Road Runner was not cut, despite a similar scene being edited when ABC showed the Sylvester and Tweety cartoon "Tweety and the Beanstalk")
- The Merrie Melodies Show on FOX shows the "Secrets of a Harem" sequence, but replaces the part where Wile gets shot with a frozen scene of the Road Runner looking down from a cliff.
- This was Chuck Jones' last Road Runner cartoon, and the last Chuck Jones-directed Warner Bros. cartoon to be released in the classic era. It wouldn't be until 1979 that Jones would direct another Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon: "Freeze Frame" which was originally in the TV special "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales".
- This short was also the last Road Runner cartoon of the classic era to use character taxonomy.
- The Road Runner going in slow motion after his faux scientific name appears is a throwback to the duo's debut cartoon, "Fast and Furry-ous" (1949).
War and Pieces on the SFX Resource