At the time of writing, Wile E Coyote has been trying to catch the Roadrunner for 62 years. You'd think he'd have given up by now but, of course he can't - the longer it takes, the more obsessive he becomes, a canine Ahab with a massive debt to the Acme company.
He's tried every trick in the book: nets, spring traps, heavy weights, explosives, etc. Now he's trying CGI. While not a success, the result is certainly better than it might have been.
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In combination with his new, carefully rendered CGI visuals (which retain much of the character of the originals), Wile is also using bungee cord. The idea is that he'll drop from a bridge and scoop up the Roadrunner as it stops beneath him to eat some birdseed. Obvious dangers aside, it ought to be a foolproof plan but, of course, Wile never has that kind of luck.
The trick to a successful Looney Tunes cartoon is repetition, taken to extremes - the apparently simple made ludicrous. Coyote Falls understands this and makes a good play of it. Small children will be entertained while adults will experience that characteristic mix of infantile delight and schadenfreude. But ultimately this doesn't pack as much of a punch as it should - it seems too formulaic, not quite loony enough. It's fun, but not especially memorable.
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