After being extremely disappointed with the recent resurrection of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner for a new computer-animated Looney Tunes short (it’s one of the worst films on the Oscar shortlist), I probably enjoyed today’s video a little more than I normally would have. Also, the first failed trap in the film reminds me of “127 Hours,” which makes me see that film in a new, more humorous light. But if James Franco/Aron Ralston represents the coyote, then what is his roadrunner? He was chasing after his need for self-sufficiency (sounds like a political allegory when I put it that way, but let’s not go there…).
“Wiley Vs. Rhodes” stars Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne as a human incarnation of Wile E. Coyote, a man who stumbles out of the desert looking like Franco at the end of “127 Hours,” in serious need of some water. He spots a very fast long-distance runner in a track suit (who just likes to run back and forth on a desert highway, apparently) with a bottle of water. Coyote-style, he attempts to catch the runner via boulder, rocket and trip wire. Every time he falls victim to … well I’m sure you know how the cartoons go. Just watch it after the jump.