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David and Goliath. Cain and Abel. Alien and Predator. A tale as old as time. For as long as there have been stories, we've pitted foes against one another, creating eternal rivalries of well-matched enemies.

The greatest combatants in cartoon history, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote are hand-drawn gladiators duking it out for an adoring audience. The best part? These warriors stay healthy and able-bodied for our entertainment forever! 

Zoom and Bored is a 1957 Merrie Melodies short. You've seen them give chase before; now see how well you know their next move! Test your expertise by telling us what happens next in Zoom and Bored!

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  1. Wile E., knife and fork in hand, gets caught up in the Road Runner's dust. Then what?
  2. At which step in this list do things go wrong for the coyote?
  3. Wile E. Coyote builds a wall. Then what happens?
  4. ACME, paragons of quality, supply Wile E. Coyote with this fifth of bees. Then what?
  5. Anvils away! What happens after this moment?
  6. What does Wile E. Coyote plan to send down this elaborate wooden slide?
  7. What does this catapult add to our story?
  8. Wile E. Coyote fires a harpoon gun, and which option next occurs?

How well do you know the Merrie Melodies short Zoom and Bored?

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30 Comments

graceful1970 8 months ago
You got 4 out of 8
Yeesh! Well, maybe they're hiring at ACME!
waynedtv 8 months ago
8 for 8! I watched WAY TO MANY cartoons in my day 😜
VHMTG 8 months ago
Oops missed 2. Reason? You don’t play enough Road Runner for us. And what happened to their theme song? The one that has the phrase “Road Runner, if he catches you you’re through”
JHP 8 months ago
this quiz is really a bit of a stretch (don't think the gumby doll would survive)
Andybandit 8 months ago
I got 7/8. I got #1 wrong. This was obvious. Things always happen to the coyote.



MrsPhilHarris 8 months ago
6/8 I could actually picture some of these.
Adanor 8 months ago
OK, we're supposed to remember the cartoon from many years ago, when our little five-year old minds were more focused on all of the hijinks of Wile E. Coyote. And some of us did remember and some did not. But it is interesting to recall when times were more simple. What could Wile E. come up with next? Oh yes, some of the grammar in this little quiz was a little shaky but I won't go into that. WWII was still in the rearview mirror of our 52 Fords, hence some of the sources of the hijinks, but times were good.
Maverick66 8 months ago
5/8. This may be heretical, but all these coyote and roadrunner cartoons are so similar that it's hard to remember the details of a specific one.
daDoctah Maverick66 8 months ago
Yeah. I started to make a list of re-used gags in the series and had to give it up because so many thing happened more than once, in assorted variations:

(1) The coyote is chasing the roadrunner (straightforward "run till you catch him" approach that belies the convoluted schemes that will follow). Each pauses in a freeze-frame with a fake Latin species name shown, then when they're both moving again the roadrunner just zooms off into the distance.

(2) The coyote tries to improve his speed with a vehicle, device, or sometimes just "leg vitamins". As whatever the enhancement is begins to kick in, it starts to get ahead of him and he has to work harder than ever to catch up with it.

(3) The coyote paints a tunnel or curve onto a cliffside. The roadrunner just goes right on into it, but when the coyote tries to follow, he either smacks into the wall or a truck or similar conveyance comes out of it going the other way and plows him into the ground.

(4) The coyote launches an explosive device towards the roadrunner, either by slingshot, handheld rocket, boomerang, frisbee, harpoon gun, etc. Whether the platform actually leaves his hand or not, the explosive remains right there next to him and explodes in his face just as he notices it.

(5) The countless variations when chunks of the mountains, cliffs, etc break away from their original attachments and either fall on top of the coyote or fall to earth with him perched on top. And many times both in the same segment.

(6) A steamroller, boulder, exploding dart, etc used earlier in the cartoon returns after we the audience have basically forgotten that it's still out there somewhere. Sometimes it smashes the coyote outright in the manner he intended for it to do to the roadrunner, and other times it messes with a later scheme in such a way as to cause the utmost damage.
CaptainDunsel daDoctah 8 months ago
And there we have it - the basis for a "Road Runner and Coyote Script Generator"!
Wellus Doneus!
daDoctah CaptainDunsel 8 months ago
After watching a bunch of the toons, I had to check Wikipedia to find out the real Latin names for both character. The Greater Roadrunner (there's a Lesser Roadrunner but they aren't found in the US) is Geococcyx californianus. The coyote is Canis latrans, which happens to be an anagram for "satanic snarl".
CaptainDunsel daDoctah 8 months ago
With the Road Runner as my college's mascot, I knew the Latin at one time, but had long forgotten it. I don't know that I ever knew that a coyote was anything other than "eatimus birdimus"!
daDoctah CaptainDunsel 8 months ago
I encounter both from time to time when I'm out delivering for UberEats. In contrast to their cartoon versions, real roadrunners are kind of nasty (they kill and eat rattlesnakes, often by cracking their bodies like a whip and bashing their brains out on rocks), while real coyotes are the wild animals I feel most like I actually communicate with (we're forever negotiating which of us should go first when we get to the same place at the same time, not that I'd be likely to force my precedence on them; I'm more than happy to slow down so they can cross safely, but they almost always at least *ask*, even if it is non-verbally).
justjeff 8 months ago
4/8... only because I can't remember the last time I saw the cartoon, and tried to guess based on past scanarios.
Robertp 8 months ago
6/8 poor ole Wile E. I’m from Texas. My wife is from Ohio. When she arrived in Texas she thought Road Runners were 4’ tall and blue. 😂
CaptainDunsel Robertp 8 months ago
They aren't?
They sure looked like it at my alma mater.
justjeff CaptainDunsel 8 months ago
...which leads me to a bit of visual silliness I've overlooked for quite a while, and hope MeTV has enough of a sense of humor to allow...
"Get a load of the silly-looking puppet...and the fish doesn't look much better!"
daDoctah Robertp 8 months ago
They don't go "meep! meep!" either. The roadrunner (*real* Latin name Geococcyx californianus) is related to the cuckoo, and they sound just like an old-fashioned cuckoo clock.

(Steve Allen once made a joke that until he moved to Arizona, he thought a roadrunner was another name for a fast streetwalker.)
Jeremy 8 months ago
I guess I'm the first to ace this!
teire 8 months ago
5/8. Don’t really recall it but some things seemed familiar.
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