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Rules for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist is the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the animator behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the other great classic Warner Bros. cartoon characters. In it, Jones lists the rules that governed interactions between Wile E. Coyote and his lifelong foe, the Road Runner.

These rules help shaped these cartoons into the funny shorts that still make us laugh 60 years later. And, if you think about it, they're also practical tips for workplace etiquette.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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I wouldn't consider that a violation per se. That was more of a "fourth wall break." Perhaps Jones and Maltese thought it was necessary to explain why Wile E would chase after such a skinny bird. It was also just absolutely hysterical.
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And then, one must consider another violation of Rule 4: "Zip! Zip! Hooray!" in which we find two precocious boys watching Wile E. and the Roadrunner on television. One lad wonders aloud why the coyote chases the bird so tenaciously, prompting Wile E. to stop in his tracks and lecture the boys in the finer points of Roadrunner cookery.
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Rule #4 was broken in the cartoon "Operation Rabbit". When he introduces himself to Bugs Bunny.
I suspect however, that Rule 4 only applies to cartoons with Wile and the Road Runner.
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