John McPhee is one of my favorite writers. This is his esssay in the New Yorker on the control of the lower Mississippi: link. (Also in The Control of Nature).


It depresses me to learn that the Coyote in later Warner Bros. cartoons . . . talks. This isn’t supposed to happen. He is voiced by Mel Blanc, but still . . .



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  1. Barry says:

    I agree with you about Wile E. Coyote. Who cares if he considers himself to be a “super genius”. What was entertaining about those cartoons was the superb animation, outlandish schemes, and comedic timing.

    The more recent Looney Tunes-ish offerings (Space Jam, etc.) really miss the point about what made the old cartoons great. They focus far too much on pseudo-realistic shading and making things look sophisticated, and forget about little things like storytelling and comedy.

  2. Anon says:

    And yet I grew up with Wile E Coyote saying “Super Genius”. I initially saw your post and thought “how dare they make him talk!” then I realised that the first Wile E cartoons I saw were probably the ones he DID speak (it was a very long bugs bunny special)!

    Surely http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STeVTzWelns makes you smile a little bit?

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