Thursday, February 26, 2009

Before I forget...

God bless YouTube! You can get just about anything on there, except for Norm MacDonald on Conan; maybe that's on Hulu now. But if you DO go looking for something on YouTube, (say, for example, video of a dog having a bad dream... saw that on MSNBC today...) you have to know what to ask for... and even then it's kinda tricky. For example, I forgot the name of Lickety-Splat, arguably the funniest Road Runner / Wile E. Coyote cartoon ever. Of course, these days things are judged by how funny they are when you're high on weed, so someone else will have to corroborate my findings... seriously. And the web search engines aren't that sophisticated yet. You just can't ask it to find the funniest Road Runner cartoon and expect to automatically get a link to Lickety-Splat.
Now to be fair, I didn't always think this one was the funniest. When I first saw it I didn't like it, maybe even hated it. But then, the more I thought about it... you know, that ol' story. That's how some things sneak up on you sometimes. Not like Nothing but Trouble of course, but like some other things.
Anyway, this is the reason why this is the funniest Road Runner cartoon ever. SPOILERS! At about the half-way mark, three minutes into the thing, it seems like your typical Road Runner cartoon, until the coyote comes across a diabolical invention that seems like it will do the trick: a flying dart with a stick of dynamite on it. And whatever the dart lands in, it blows it up almost instantaneously. Almost: there's just barely enough of a comedic pause. To make matters worse, the darts are equipped with a harmonica, so you know they're coming. So, excited by his new-found genius invention, Wile E. Coyote gets into a big gondolier and lets a couple dozen of them loose. They swoop around in a big circle and fly away from the Road Runner. He starts getting a little nervous, and rightly so! Because one of the little devils sticks into the balloon and blows it up! Thereafter what follows is, in my humble opinion (IMHO), one of the greatest recurring gags in recent cartoon history. Some might question the dignity of the ending, but I don't. Then again, if they were making it today, the last two would definitely blow up...

Good double bill with: Hasty but Tasty

-so sayeth the Movie Hooligan

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