Road Rules — Chuck Jones’s Guides for Road Runner Cartoons.

08/07/2012 — Leave a comment
  • The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”
  • No outside force can harm the Coyote — only his own ineptitude or the failure of the Acme products.
  • The Coyote could stop anytime — if he were not a fanatic. (Repeat: “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” — George Santayana)
  • No dialogue ever, except “beep-beep!”
  • The Road Runner must stay on the road — otherwise, logically, he would not be called road runner.
  • All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters — the southwest American desert.
  • All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
  • Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
  • The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.

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