"Fastest With The Mostest" (1960) Breakdown Thread

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"Fastest With The Mostest" (1960) Breakdown Thread

Postby Matthew Hunter » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:08 pm

“Fastest With the Mostest”

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Directed by: Chuck Jones
Animation: Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, Ben Washam, Keith Darling
Layouts and Backgrounds: Philip De Guard
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Music: Milt Franklyn

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Release Date: January 19, 1960

NOTE: There is no story credit.

Synopsis: Wile E. Coyote lights a stick of dynamite, which explodes instantly and displays the opening credits in a cloud of smoke. The Coyote (Carnivorous Slobbius) chases the Road Runner (Velocitus Incalcublus) and actually outruns him, but runs straight off the edge of a cliff. Wile E. climbs back up the side of the canyon, only to be startled right back down by the Road Runner’s “Beep beep!”. A plan to catch the Road Runner by dropping a bomb from a balloon ends up inflating, deflating and exploding the Coyote. Wile E. tries baiting the Road Runner with bird seed while lowering himself from above on a bucket and pulley rig, but it proves disastrous to the Coyote. A “detour” sign lures the Road Runner to the edge of a narrow cliff, but when Wile E. takes a step toward the Road Runner with cutlery in hand, the middle of the precipice collapses beneath him, leaving the Road Runner on the edge, floating in midair. After a long fall that lands him in a river, the Coyote is sucked into a pipe and drains himself from a faucet, holding a sign: “I wouldn’t mind that, except it defies the law of gravity”. The Road Runner, still in midair, replies with a sign of his own: “I never studied law”!

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Postby The "Chase" » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:22 pm

It's either Mike or Chuck who could wrote the story on this one. If it's Mike, I think we all know why. If it's Chuck, then I have no clue why he's uncredited in a few of that year's cartoons.

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Postby Speedy Boris » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:27 pm

OK, I would like something clarified. IMDB says that a song called "Audition" by Arthur Koty is used in this cartoon. But IMDB has been known to be incorrect, and a Google search for this song barely brings up anything, other than a copyright page stating that the song exists. But no way to listen to the song to verify its validity, to my knowledge. So, true or false?

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Postby Nick » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:32 pm

This is the last Roadrunner cartoon where the backgrounds are distinctively designed with a yellow sky/sand. It's also a pretty unusual entry in the series with there being no quick and brief gags.

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Postby Dirty Skunk » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:58 pm

The "defying the law of gravity"/"I never studied law" closing gag is reminiscent of the joke that ends the Bugs Bunny cartoon High Diving Hare, made roughly ten years before this cartoon.

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Postby Jon Cooke » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:05 pm

The title of this cartoon is a reference to a quote attributed to Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest, "git thar fustest with the mostest".

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Postby Thad » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:30 pm

Story uncredited because it was Jones's own.

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Postby The "Chase" » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:02 pm

Thad wrote:Story uncredited because it was Jones's own.


Well, now I know. Now the question is this; why is he uncredited in this one and "Rabbit's Feat", but wasn't with "Hopalong Casualty" onward?


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