Category: Great Wave off Kunagawa

Wile E. Coyote’s tail was directly inspired by Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kunagawa” of 1829. The first Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon, “Fast and Furry-ous” appeared in theaters 120 years later in 1949, 70 years ago this year.

Top: First model sheet for Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, circa 1945, graphite on paper, by Chuck Jones.

2nd: detail of Coyote’s tail.

3rd: “The Great Wave off Kunagawa” wood block print (with detail inset) by Hokusai from his suite, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, circa 1829-1833.

Inspiration strikes.

Top: Original model drawings of Wile E. Coyote, circa 1945-47, graphite on paper applied to art board by Chuck Jones. Detail inset: the Coyote’s tail…

…was inspired by the waves as interpreted by Japanese ukiyo-e master, Hokusai and his “The Great Wave off Kunagawa,” circa early 19th century. See inset for detail.