Sorry I'm doing this, but hey, somebody has to do it, and so I thought I'd get this out of the way since I'm a true Wile E. Coyote fan. The episode in question? The infamous held-over crudely-animated "High Toon!" "High Toon" Written by: Chuck Menville Directed by: Glen Kennedy Animation by: Kennedy Cartoons (no surprise here, since Glen Kennedy directed this episode.) With that said, with Glen Kennedy directing, I thought this episode would be full of his infamous bouncy/wonky animation ala "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow" or "Buster and the Wolverine" or the first act of "Best o' Plucky Duck Day." Instead, most of this animation is very sloppy and bad. In fact, this was the reason why the episode was aired much later than scheduled ("K-Acme TV" was supposed to be the first season finale, but "High Toon"'s animation problems and production delays prevented that from happening, sort of like the Simpsons episode "Some Enchanted Evening." The plot is also pretty much your typical "save the day in the old west" TV cartoon episode (DuckTales' "Ducks of the West" and Pooh's "Paw and Order" both come to mind!) OK, on to the episode... It begins with the standard Bugs Bunny "traveling by burrowing underground" device, as Buster and Babs are on their way to the ACME Land theme park, but thanks to Beaky Buzzard sneezing and spinning the sign in the wrong directions, they make a wrong turn (could that sign have been in Albuquerque?)... ...and they end up in Prairie Junction. But the rabbits think they actually ARE in ACME Land, in some wild west section of the park. Yikes, Buster and Babs look awkward in this shot. Buster even tortures some of the tough guys in a stereotypical western saloon, thinking they're all animatronic dummies. Suddenly, Pedro begins spreading the warning that the Coyote Kid and his gang will be arriving. Pedro's pretty much like a cross between Speedy Gonzales (right down to jumping while shouting "Andale! Andale!") and Fievel Mousekewitz (he's even voiced by the same kid that voiced Fievel!) except he's a chihuahua. I think the unused Lightning Rodriguez would have done better in that role than Pedro here did. Sure enough, the coyote gang arrives. The Coyote Kid on the right is the leader, and strongly resembles Wile E. Coyote (I believe it's supposed to be Wile E. playing the part of the Coyote Kid.) They do occasionally communicate with signs like Wile E. did, but the Coyote Kid does talk, and his voice does not sound at all like when Wile E. spoke on the old Warner cartoons when he did (or even the earlier TTA episode "Psychic Fun-omenon Day!") Instead, Frank Welker gives him a sort of rugged, stereotypical Western villain voice with maybe a tiny bit of English dialect in his voice at times. Also note how ugly and off-model Wile E. looks here. Thank god this was the only Kennedy episode prominently featuring the coyote. But Buster and Babs just sit back, thinking it's a staged presentation of some sort. The Coyote Kid (to avoid confusion, I will refer to him as both Wile E. and the "Coyote Kid" concurrently throughout this review) takes all the crops or riches from the townspeople of Prairie Junction (though he is not amused at a bruised tomato, complete with bandage!) Nice Jon McClenahan animation here for a change. Even Pedro's family must try to give up their corncobs, even though they are rejected ("I've seen feet with better corn!" Wile E. comments.) Babs and Buster interrupt, trying to make a photo shoot out of the whole thing. Of course, Buster and Babs are robbed of their stuff... ...and are both tossed into the water trough (why does the latter remind me of "Paw and Order" even more?) It is then when the townsfolk tell our off-model heroes where they really are, and how this happens to them every day. Buster and Babs will fight back, even though Pedro's mother says they'd need an army... "Then we'll get an army!" Babs says, and they head back to Acme Acres to get more recruits. Pedro wants to help too, but he can't. So Buster and Babs arrive in full Western wardrobe, along with Plucky Duck and Hamton. Plucky tries to walk out, but when Buster says that there's gold in the area... "You just said the secret woid!" Plucky says, doing a Groucho Marx impression. The rest of the townspeople doesn't want to help though. So the four are off on a large horse (complete with "RENT-A-NAG" vanity plate.) Buster's positively sure he's nearing the Coyote Kid's hangout... ...even if he doesn't see all the signs pointing out to where the hideout is located! Bad news is, they've run out of water. Hamton used it all to wash his laundry! ("Next show, I get script approval!" Buster says to the absent fourth wall.) At the obviously-marked hideout, Wile E. and his gang are having fun with the stolen stuff... ...even if the flash of Buster's camera causes them to get woozy for a second. When Hamton smells the barbecue (I know), he stumbles and falls into the hideout. Naturally, the coyotes cage him up and plan to barbecue him! But the trio is back up to four again, when a rather frisky-moving Pedro arrives in no time thanks to him taking "the shortcut." So in the night, the four manage to sneak down to the hideout, and nab Hamton and their other stuff when the Coyote Kid's back is turned. Naturally he sees this, and vows revenge at high noon. So everyone in town briefly celebrates and all vow to help our heroes defeat the coyote gang... ...even though Plucky tries to walk out AGAIN, to no avail. So when 12:00 noon arrives, so do the coyote gang, only to be greeted by a celebration of it being "Coyote Kid Day!" A literal cigar-chomping Buster (another Kennedy animation reference there ) and a babeilicous Babs greet them, inviting them to free food! The specialty is chili. It's SO hot, Plucky has to wear a special hazmat suit in order to get it out of a flaming room (complete with funky dissonant samba music!) The coyotes are excited and of course gulp down the chili... ...only to burn themselves from the chili's extreme heat! (They even get white-hot and briefly turn into flaming power plant cooling towers!) Then they run to the water trough and gulp that all down. Now they're rather bloated from the chili and the water, but now they have to dance. They all break down into the typical Kennedy Cartoons dance moves, while Wile E. square dances with Babs. But they think it's too slow, so Hamton fiddles even faster... ...and the coyotes dance even faster. They stop once Hamton's violin is destroyed from playing it so fast. The coyotes collapse, all feeling gassy from the fast dancing and the chili, and so run into what appears to be an outhouse labeled "GUYS"... ...but it's really a "BAD GUYS" cage. The coyotes are caught, and everyone cheers. The episode then concludes with a "Roy Rogers Show"-esque closing number (complete with slate at the beginning!) Like I said, this is definitely one of the weaker episodes of the series, but it does have a few decent jokes and gags to keep it going. In addition to blowing a perfect excuse for using Lightning Rodriguez (Pedro already seemed like enough of a Mexican stereotype like Speedy used to be criticized of), using the coyotes was sort of an odd choice (I do like the gag credit: "Coyotes compliments of CHUCK JONES") in a vague Yosemite Sam sort of role, but I guess the people at Termite Terrace thought using Sam and/or Montana Max would have been too cliche and "overdone", and I don't blame them. I would've loved to see a Yosemite Sam cameo though, probably in the saloon or being part of the townspeople (I could picture him yelling "What those coyotes are doin' is supposed to be MY job!") even if he already made plenty of cameos in prior episodes. Additionally, like I also said, the animation is pretty bad, even for Kennedy standards (it even starts to look like the worst of Encore Cartoons at times!) But this shot when Buster and Babs first arrive at Prairie Junction appears to have been animated by Wang Film Productions. Seeing that they were credited for ink-and-paint/camera work like in other later Kennedy episodes, I wouldn't be surprised if maybe the crew at Wang thought that bit originally didn't look so good, so they had one of their own animators redraw the scene. This isn't the first time it's happened either, Wang animating a bit in Kennedy episodes ("The Looney Beginning" and "New Character Day" come to mind!) But then when it switches to this shot, what looks like it may have been Glen Kennedy animating on twos, you know the animation is going to be rather subpar... Babs dancing for no reason (in the Kennedy style, of course) when she shows off her lasso techniques to Pedro. During the four's little Western showoff intro, Hamton briefly lassos Plucky towards him and KISSES him! (I wonder that was all about?) Hamton running off in the typical Kennedy style (when he learns what the Coyote Kid is like.) When the coyotes celebrate catching Hamton, the little coyote dances for no reason (again), and Wile E. looks pretty strange too. When Pedro says he brought sandwiches, this definitely appears to be the late Harold Duckett's work. Note the rather sketchy look with Pedro, and he moves pretty fast here as well; these were Harold Duckett's trademarks common to his animation in Kennedy episodes (a good example of his stuff can be seen in that brief scene he animated in "Hero Hamton.") Your usual Kennedy-esque Plucky. Pedro and his papa go off-model in this shot. Whew! Any thoughts?