The 9 Rules that Compose the Road Runner
How did they come up with those rules? I don’t know, but one thing is certain: even if you’ve never seen an episode of Road Runner, you will know exactly what type of humor and style to except just by reading this Show Bible. Not because they anticipated the result, but because they create a frame, and stuck to creating within it. Some rules must have felt like real obstacles to overcome and I’m sure at times they
Not because they anticipated the result, but because they create a frame, and stuck to creating within it. Some rules must have felt like real obstacles to overcome and I’m sure at times they regretted some of the limitations they gave themselves, but in the end, that’s what makes Road Runner a cartoon that everybody who’s watched it remembers. Beep-Beep!
Rule 1: The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote, except by going “Beep-Beep!”
Rule 2: No outside force can harm the Coyote – only his own ineptitude or the failure of the acme products.
Rule 3: 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)
Rule 4: No dialogue ever, except “Beep-Beep!”
Rule 5: The Road Runner must stay on the road – otherwise, logically, he would not be called Road Runner.
Rule 6: All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters – the Southwest American Desert.
Rule 7: All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
Rule 8: Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
Rule 9: The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures