Like most kids of my generation, I watched my fair share of Looney Tunes. They were looney, they were tunes, what’s not to love? After a few years of the same old outcomes, though, I started to wonder about things. Like why Elmer Fudd sucked ass at murdering rabbits and whether or not Wile E. Coyote would ever catch and eat the Road Runner. What I’ve learned today — some 20 years later — is that the latter cartoon isn’t ‘Nam, there are rules. In fact, the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons had NINE very specific rules that every installment had to follow.
The sad truth is, these rules — which are currently doing that crazy Internet thing called “going viral” — have existed since 1999 when they were published in Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist, a book about the life of Looney Tunes animation director Chuck Jones. But time is a flat circle and shit, so let’s not harp on the fact that this news 16 years old. Mmmkay?