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The Last Friends of Willie Coyote: The Movie

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Who is the coyote, where does he come from, and why is he foreve

    Who is the coyote, where does he come from, and why is he forever chasing the roadrunner? This is a real breath of fresh air, bringing a new twist to cartoon characters I've loved since I was a kid. It adds a whole new concept to both the coyote and the roadrunner, and overlays it with a story that's both exciting and funny. It incorporates all the best-known elements from the cartoons, and then takes them to a whole new level. Simultaneously, it does a great job of being self-consciously ironic, as this little exchange demonstrates perfectly:

    Did you see that?!  That was Willie Coyote and the Roadrunner!  That was the funniest thing I have ever seen!
    I will never believe this happened.  It's impossible.  Since when do cartoon figures become real?
    Since because we're in a movie!  These sort of things don't happen in real life.

    Reading screenplays, of course, takes a little more effort than reading prose. Descriptions are a lot more terse, and the focus is much more on the dialog, so you have to work a bit to get as much from it. This is one of the easier ones - the story comes across effortlessly, and the characters are distinctive and lively. The main problem I had with this is that I couldn't decide how to imagine it in my head. when you're reading a screenplay, it's important to have a good visual image of what the writer is trying to convey. Films that mix live action and cartoon characters are nothing new, but these days there are many different ways of doing it. I wasn't sure whether I should see them as old-style 2D characters, like you get in Roger Rabbit or Mary Poppins, or more modern 3D characters like in the Scooby Doo movies. Either could work, but I couldn't fix on one or the other throughout, which occasionally left me wondering what I was supposed to be seeing. 

    However, that aside, this is a great, original, and highly entertaining story. There are plans to make a movie of it for release in 2016 (though with a different title), and I'll definitely be looking out for it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Like many others, Willie Coyote and Roadrunner were staples of m

    Like many others, Willie Coyote and Roadrunner were staples of my childhood. There was just something about the elusive chase that Willie could never hope to win that I loved. I haven’t decided if it taught me never to give up or if I was just rooting for Roadrunner, but either way I spent many an hour captivated by the images on my TV screen. I loved seeing what shenanigans Willie would come up with and even more so his inevitable downfall.

    Really, what’s not to love about Willie and Roadrunner?

    I hadn’t given much thought to how Willie and Roadrunner came about, so it was great to see someone’s on their origins. I thought the explanation was interesting and plausible within the context of the storyline. The guardians were a nice touch, as well, although I would have liked to have seen more explanation as to why the young were sent to the moon – or rather, why the moon was chosen as their destination and not somewhere else on earth. I may have missed the reason, though, and will look for it on a second read-through.

    The journey storyline with the three main characters was well thought out, and I liked that they discovered what they had set out to find in the end. I could wholly relate to Ella in the sense that she’s adventurous, sarcastic, and is the one most likely to push the red button just to see what happens. The interaction between all three (Ella, Mike, and Vaughn) was a lot of fun to read!

    I loved, loved, loved that a villain who could collectively be fought by the original warring parties was brought into the mix. And that Stephen Thor stayed true to the Willie/Roadrunner storyline in that the villain could never win paralleled nicely. I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Willie and the Villain, but given the confines of a script I can understand why that was as minimal as it was.

    The storyline, overall, I thought was inventive and Thor did a great job revisiting Willie’s antics and Roadrunner’s last minute escapes. I could certainly see this as a viable alternative to some of the film remakes we’ve been subjected to over the past couple of years.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    This was a well written and clever read. The fun cover art reall

    This was a well written and clever read. The fun cover art really caught my eye. You'll be glad you gave it a read!

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