Beep Prepared
Directed byChuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Story byJohn Dunn
Chuck Jones
Produced byDavid H. DePatie
John W. Burton
(both uncredited)
StarringPaul Julian
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byBob Bransford
Tom Ray
Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Effects animation:
Harry Love
Backgrounds byPhilip DeGuard
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures Inc.
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • November 11, 1961 (1961-11-11)
Running time
6 minutes
CountryUnited States

Beep Prepared is a 1961 Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies American theatrical cartoon short directed by Chuck Jones and designer Maurice Noble.[1] The short was released on November 11, 1961, and stars Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.[2] The title is a play on the Boy Scouts of America motto "Be Prepared".


After being run off the edge of the cliff, Wile E. Coyote begins his typical plotting of various methods to catch the bird. First, Wile E. tries to trip the Road Runner with his own foot, only to have it flattened by a passing delivery truck. Taking higher ground, Wile E. uses a bow and arrow to skewer the Road Runner, only to have the bow hit him in the nose instead. He tries to trap the Road Runner in a manhole, which the Road Runner uses as a portable hole. Other traps include a rocket-powered flying suit (which explodes), a box of "ACME Iron Bird Seed" and a big magnet (which pulls him into the path of a train), a spring-loaded block of pavement (which ends up crushing him), a pair of machine guns connected by a trip wire (which the Roadrunner cuts), and an ACME Rocket-Sled Kit (which blasts off too early).



  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 334. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 128–129. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.