“Beep! Beep!” Who doesn’t remember that sound from their Saturday morning cartoons? Warner Brothers created some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on TV and they still endure today!
Merchandise is always a natural way to promote any IP and Warner Brothers outdid themselves with this Road Runner and Coyote Lamp:
As readers of this site know I primarily collect Disney merchandise. But sometimes a piece comes along from a rival Studio, and I just can’t help myself! What sold me on this one was the iconic ‘Coyote Splat’ in the base. The base being patterned after a brick wall is pure genius! But not Coyote genius. Better than that.
The base is 12″ tall and the shade is 8″ high. Combined they stand at 16″ due to a bit of overlap. The base is a subdued cartoon orange. I love it!
The Trademark and Copyright on the back of the shade dates this lamp from 1999, so just almost 24 years old at this point!
The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote first appeared in the Looney Tunes series of animated cartoons in 1949. It was in the theatrical cartoon short Fast and Furry-ous. So, this lamp is a testimony to just how enduring and popular these characters are, even 50+ years later! And now another 20+ years beyond that.
This lamp will certainly light up your life! Sorry. The pun had to be done.
For more fun from the past, check out this old Nostalgia Illustrated Magazine that has an article by none other than Leonard Maltin listing his four favorite cartoon characters. And Warner Brothers gets a mention!
FUN FACTS: Creator Chuck Jones based the coyote on Mark Twain’s book Roughing It, in which Twain described the coyote as “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton” that is “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” (Source: Wikipedia)