You are probably like me of the countless people out there that have heard of Warner Bros. Animation were making a trio of a 3 minutes Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote theatrical shorts in CGI, one would surely ponder for a short while on how many Looney Tunes fans would prefer the classic Chuck Jones versions over the Friz Freleng and Robert McKimsversion and the lackluster 2003 short film, “Whizzard of Ow”. But when you get to watch “Coyote Falls” in front of “Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore”, you will probably reconsider and find yourself without doubt full of astonishment in a whole positive fashion as you will get to notice its qualitative merits.
Chuck Jones’s classic feel of the whole Road Runner and Coyote animations has been quite successfully driven into the whole CG realms with thanks to a Chuck Jones-dedicated film director Matthew O’ Callaghan went on pulling any cartoony style into the modern world that is CGI. Also, there are musical cues of Carl Stalling, in which everyone can recognize them right when they grow up with the Looney Tunes. Even stereoscopic 3-D is surely used effectively on gags, timing and pacing, aside from depth of field. Thus making the experience very much worth it for any audience that seeks good entertainment experience. It is surely a good watch for any person that enjoys the memories of his Cartoon loving self.
When it comes to the skill of Friz Freleng or Robert McKimson on directing any Road Runner and Coyote shorts from the mid-1960s, he basically avoided the original RR&C template by Jones and chose to go onto a different take: A central idea of the cartoon as an gag instead of the other way round and Coyote’s occasional successes on capturing his feathered nemesis. Which somewhat made it a bit different from the past style of the Cartoon. This then reaped: those shorts turned out to be unfavorable and forgettable. But when it comes to Matt O’ Callaghan, he did a tremendous job on not only centering a gag without breaking the true and original RR&C premise, but more importantly bringing a 3-minute RR&C cartoon and not that 6 or 7 minutes that we usually had when it comes to the rank of Jones’ RR&C cartoons as we all know. (If ever you don’t believe this, just check out “Daffy Duck for President” and “Porky and Daffy: the William Tell Overture” and try to see and experience the differences.)
There are still more of Road Runner and Coyote shorts arriving to the theaters and the 2010 revamp of the whole “the Looney Tunes Show”, so let us try to hope that they can be good as or can be quite better than that of how “Coyote Falls” came about.
Anyways, here is an idea on what the animation is all about, Coyote Falls is basically a 2010 Looney Tunes film starring characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. It is directed by Matthew O’Callaghan and was written by Tom Sheppard, produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and released by Warner Bros. It is one of the first Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner movie to be made into CGI in3D (the first 3-D WB cartoon since 1954’s Lumber Jack-Rabbit), it was released with the same date as that of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
So what are you waiting for?! Try to see it yourself and see the things that have changed, only then you can decide if it was for the good of the viewing experience or not. Certainly more will come and let us hope it gets better and better.