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January 12, 2011

It’s my pleasure to point out that the Lucky Psychic Hut blog recently offered up Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn’s complete Road Runner cartoon scores (1949-56) for download. The scores are masterpieces of slapstick, quotation and soundplay (the all-important sound effects being supplied by Treg Brown). Having them playing on repeat as you go about your daily business (in your home as you do housework, or through headphones as you walk around town) is something everyone should experience at least once.

You know, my young English imagination evolved in such a way that I grew up believing most of the American south-west to be exactly like the vast hazardous deserts through which Wile E. Coyote chases Road Runner. They really occupy a place in the most alien, atmospheric and unattainable regions of American culture. I maintain that the famously wordless opening twenty minutes or so of There Will Be Blood are exactly like a Road Runner cartoon (with Daniel Day-Lewis stubbornly blowing up bits of the ever-giving landscape like Wile E. Coyote) — though I’m not sure whether that’s a common comparison or not.

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