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Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about Wile E Coyote & Roadrunner cartoons

 

Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Who is Wile E Coyote?
A: Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are a duo of characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.

In the cartoons, the Coyote repeatedly attempts to what?
A: Catch and subsequently eat the Road Runner.

Instead of his animal instincts, the Coyote uses what to try to catch his prey?
A: Absurdly complex contraptions (sometimes in the manner of Rube Goldberg).

Many of the items for these contrivances are mail-ordered from a variety of companies all named what?
A: Acme.

One running gag involves the Coyote trying in vain to shield himself with a little parasol against what?
A: A great falling boulder that is about to crush him.

Another running gag involves the coyote falling from what?
A: A high cliff.

After he goes over the edge, the rest of the scene, shot from a bird’s-eye view, shows the coyote falling into a deep canyon, shrinking in the distance until he what?
A: Vanishes from sight.

 
This is followed a second or two later by the rising of what?
A: A dust cloud from the canyon floor as the coyote hits the ground.

Who created the characters?
A: Animation director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese in 1948 for Warner Bros.

The template for their adventures was the work of whom?
A: Writer Michael Maltese.

The characters star in a long-running series of theatrical cartoon shorts (the first 16 of which were written by Maltese) and occasional what?
A: Made-for-television cartoons.

It was originally meant to parody chase cartoons like what?
A: Tom and Jerry, but became popular in its own right.

The Coyote appears separately as an occasional antagonist of “whom”, in five shorts from 1952 to 1963?
A: Bugs Bunny.

What were the names of the five shorts?
A: Operation: Rabbit, To Hare Is Human, Rabbit's Feat, Compressed Hare, and Hare-Breadth Hurry.

 
The Road Runner vocalizes only with what signature sound?
A: "Beep, Beep".

To date, how many cartoons have been made featuring these characters (including the four CGI shorts)?
A: 49.

TV Guide included Wile E. Coyote in its 2013 list of what?
A: The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.

Jones based the Coyote on what?
A: Mark Twain's book Roughing It.

In the book, how did Twain described the coyote?
A: As "a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton" that is "a living, breathing allegory of Want.

Jones said he created the Coyote-Road Runner cartoons as a parody of what?
A: Traditional "Cat And Mouse" cartoons such as MGM's Tom and Jerry.

Jones modeled the Coyote's appearance on which fellow animator?
A: Ken Harris.

 
The Coyote's name of Wile E. is a pun of what word?
A: "wily."

The "E" stands for what?
A: "Ethelbert" in one issue of a Looney Tunes comic book.

Early model sheets for the character prior to his initial appearance (in Fast and Furry-ous) identified him as whom?
A: "Don Coyote", a pun of the name Don Quixote.

The desert scenery in the first two Road Runner cartoons, Fast and Furry-ous (1949) and Beep, Beep (1952), were designed by whom?
A: Robert Gribbroek and was quite realistic.

In later cartoons the scenery was designed by whom?
A: Maurice Noble and was far more abstract.

Wile E. Coyote often obtains various complex and ludicrous devices from what mail-order company?
A: The fictitious Acme Corporation.

The devices invariably fail in what fashion?
A: Improbable and spectacular fashion.

 
Whether this is a result of operator error or faulty merchandise is what?
A: Debatable.

The coyote usually ends up burnt to a crisp, squashed flat, or where?
A: At the bottom of a canyon (some shorts show him suffering a combination of these fates).

Which Acme products have actually worked quite well?
A: The Dehydrated Boulders, Bat-Man Outfit, Rocket Sled, Jet Powered Roller Skates, or Earthquake Pills.

In these cases, their success often does what?
A: Works against the coyote.

For example, the Dehydrated Boulder, upon hydration, becomes so large that it does what?
A: It crushes him.

Sometimes he uses items that are implausible, such as a what?
A: A superhero outfit, thinking he could fly wearing it. (He cannot.)

How the coyote acquires these products without money is not explained until when?
A: The 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, in which he is shown to be an employee of Acme.

 
In a Tiny Toon Adventures episode, Wile E. makes mention of his protégé Calamity Coyote possessing what?
A: An unlimited Acme credit card account, which might serve as another possible explanation.

Another suggested explanation has been that Wile E. is a "what" for Acme?
A: A beta tester.

Wile E. also uses war equipment such as cannons, rocket launchers, grenades, and bayonets which are what?
A: "Generic", i.e. not Acme products.

In a Cartoon Network commercial promoting Looney Tunes, they ask the Coyote why he insists on purchasing products from the Acme Corporation when all previous contraptions have backfired on him, to which the Coyote responds how?
A: With a wooden sign (right after another item blows up in his face): "Good line of Credit."

In Whoa, Be-Gone!, after successfully avoiding being hit by his own rocket, the coyote is what?
A: Run over by an "ACME" truck emerging from a tunnel.

The company name was likely chosen for its what?
A: Irony (acme means the highest point, as of achievement or development).

Also, a company named ACME would have shown up in the first part of a what?
A: Telephone directory. (remember those?)

 
The origin of the name might also be related to the Acme company that built what?
A: A fine line of animation stands and optical printers.

What is the most likely explanation?
A: It was from the Sears house brand called Acme that appeared in their ubiquitous early 1900s mail-order catalogues.

In August, September and October 1982, the National Lampoon published a three part series chronicling what lawsuit?
A: The lawsuit that Wile E. filed against the Acme Corporation over the faulty items they sold him in his pursuit of the Road Runner.

Even though the Road Runner appeared as a witness for the plaintiff, what happened?
A: The Coyote still lost the suit.

Gravity: sometimes the coyote is allowed to hang in midair until he realizes that he is about to what?
A: Plummet into a chasm.

The coyote can overtake rocks (or cannons) which fall earlier than he does, and end up being what?
A: Squashed by them.

If a chase sequence runs over the edge of a cliff, the Road Runner is not affected by what?
A: Gravity, whereas the Coyote will be subject to normal earth gravity and eventually fall to the ground below.

 
The Road Runner is able to run fast enough to go through what?
A: Time.

If the Coyote uses an explosive (commonly dynamite) that is triggered by a mechanism that is supposed to force the explosive in a forward motion toward its target, the actual mechanism itself will do what?
A: Shoot forward, leaving the explosive behind to detonate in the Coyote's face.

In the cartoon "Zoom at the Top" Road Runner was classified as an example of what?
A: "Disappearialis Quickius", while Coyote was identified as "Overconfidentii Vulgaris".

The original Chuck Jones productions ended in 1963 after Jack L. Warner did what?
A: He closed the Warner Bros. animation studio.

War and Pieces, the last Road Runner short directed by Jones, was released when?
A: In mid-1964.

David DePatie and director Friz Freleng had formed DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, moved into the facility just emptied by Warner, and signed a license with Warner Bros. to do what?
A: Produce cartoons for the big studio to distribute.

Their first cartoon to feature the Road Runner was what?
A: The Wild Chase, directed by Freleng in 1965.

 
The premise was a race between the bird and "the fastest mouse in all of Mexico," Speedy Gonzales, with whom each trying to make a meal out of his usual target?
A: The Coyote and Sylvester the Cat.

Much of the material was animation rotoscoped from what?
A: Earlier Runner and Gonzales shorts, with the other characters added in.

In total, DePatie-Freleng produced how many Road Runner cartoons?
A: 14.

Due to cuts in the number of frames used per second in animated features, many of these final Road Runner features were what?
A: Cheap looking and jerky.

Also, the music was what?
A: Very different and of poorer quality than the older features.

That was disappointing to fans of the original shorts, and many felt it was what?
A: The final death knell for animation.

The remaining eleven were subcontracted to whom?
A: Format Films and directed under ex-Warner Bros. animator Rudy Larriva.

 
The "Larriva Eleven", as the series was later called, lacked what?
A: The fast-paced action of the Chuck Jones originals and was poorly received by critics.

In Of Mice and Magic, Leonard Maltin calls the series what?
A: "witless in every sense of the word."

In addition, except for the planet Earth scene at the tail end of "Highway Runnery", there was only one what?
A: Clip of the Coyote's fall to the ground, used over and over again.

Only one of those eleven cartoons — Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner — had music that was what?
A: Actually scored instead of the same music cues.