Stop! Look! And Hasten!
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Produced byEdward Selzer
StarringPaul Julian
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byAbe Levitow
Richard Thompson
Harry Love (effects animation)
Layouts byMaurice Noble
Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byPhil De Guard
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • August 14, 1954 (1954-08-14)
Running time
7 minutes 5 seconds
CountryUnited States

Stop! Look! And Hasten! is a 1954 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones.[1] The short was released on August 14, 1954, and stars Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.[2] The title is a play on the railroad crossing safety phrase "stop, look, and listen". The cartoon has been featured in the film The Shining. Danny Torrance and his mother, Wendy Torrance, are seen watching this cartoon.


The famished coyote trudges across the desert floor, and eats a fly. He spots a tin can in the road, but finding nothing inside, eats the can itself before being flattened by the Road Runner. The coyote chases the Road Runner to eat him.

Wile E. plans a pulley, rope and rock trap to smash the passing Road Runner. He smashes himself as the Road Runner stops and makes fun of him.

Wile E. holds a lasso to catch the bird, but instead gets a truck which pulls him across the hard ground.

Wile E. builds a Burmese tiger trap according to ACME instructions. The coyote hides behind a rock and, hearing something, dives in but instead gets a Burmese tiger.

Wile E. has now constructed a massive pop-up grate in the middle of the road. It fails to block the Road Runner. He resumes the chase but is stopped at a railroad crossing. The Road Runner taunts the coyote as he slowly prances the tracks and his opponent is lifted into the air by the striped divider. Wile E. drops off and chases the Road Runner down the tracks, which run through mountains.

The two pass by opposite lanes and the Road Runner signals the coyote, who stops cold after a few seconds and turns back... but too far again. He starts back the other way and soon finds the Road Runner is on a lower track than he is. They finally chase on the same track until a train stops the chase. The coyote dashes in and out of a rockface and sees a train pass by on a track underneath him. A second train approaches where he is standing from inside the rock. Wile holds up a sign indicating his doom.

Wile E. moves into a grooved pipe intending to set TNT underneath the road, but the detonator hangs up on a loose rock and blows him up.

He uses a fast motorcycle and starts to chase a passing Road Runner, but he slams into a tree.

Wile E. paints a white circle in the middle of a large suspension bridge and baits it with bird seed, then hides underneath to cut out the circle. Instead, he cuts out the rest of the bridge with him underneath it, leaving the Road Runner and the circle floating in midair calmly eating the bait.

Wile E. takes vitamins for speed. He burns rubber on the road, then dashes off fast enough to leave the highway on fire. The speedy chase continues until they pass by the cranked-up grate, which finally decides to raise itself in between the sprinters. Wile smashes into the grate, and the Road Runner brakes and views his hapless rival before burning more rubber on the road, spelling out "That's all, folks!" in smoke.

See also


  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. 264. 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.