Category: Wile E. Coyote

“Coyote Coffee” and “Don’t Be Latte!”, fine art prints on paper by Mike Peraza.

“He Beeps” and “He Leaps”, original ink on paper by Eric Goldberg.

“Western Group”, color model cel and color model layout drawing, from an original line drawing by Chuck Jones, 1980.

Original layout drawing, graphite on 12 field animation paper, by Chuck Jones for his 1961 Academy Award-nominated, “Beep Prepared”.

Hope springs eternal. Original watercolor on Arches paper, 10″ x 30.5″ by Chuck Jones, circa early 1990s.

“A fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his
aim.” American philosopher George Santayana may or may not have been
familiar with the machinations of Wile E. Coyote, but his quote about
fanatics encapsulates all that’s wrong with the Coyote’s approach (and
for our pleasure, all that’s right.) The quote wouldn’t have been out of
place on those wonderful Burma Shave signs that were a mainstay in the
middle of the last century on the highways and byways of the American
West.

New from the Chuck Jones archive is this beautiful and funny visual
interpretation of the quote.

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.

Production cels, gouache on acetate, from the 1994 “Chariots of Fur”, directed by Chuck Jones. Hope springs eternal.

Original watercolor and ink on Arches paper, by Chuck Jones, created as a birthday card for his daughter, Linda, 1952.

Happy National Running Day!

“A fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he’s forgotten his aim.” –American philosopher, George Santayana

Original drawing by Chuck Jones, graphite on notepad paper, 11″ x 9″, circa mid-1970s. Exhibited in “Chuck-staposed” at the Leatherby Library, Chapman University, Orange, California, February 2008.