In which animated cartoons did the Coyote even come close to catching the Road Runner? I know that he caught him once, but he didn’t know what to do afterwards.

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Wile E Coyote finally catches his prey in a segment titled "Soup or Sonic" which is part of a TV special produced in 1980. This is apparently the only time in "official" productions.

And the gag is, as you recall, the Coyote has no idea what to do with the Road Runner and is asking the audience for advice/instruction.

Wile E. Coyote holding two signs reading "Okay, wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him, now what do I do?"

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    Not so much that he didn't know what to do - the coyote always wanted to eat the roadrunner. It is just when he finally does catch the roadrunner he is shrunk down so small that it is impossible for him to eat the roadrunner.
    – JRE
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 5:12
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    I mean, look at it. That tree-like thing to the right of the coyote is the raodrunner's leg. What is the coyote supposed to do here? Nibble on inedible roarunner claws?
    – JRE
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 5:43
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    @JRE I was trying to avoid explaining the whole joke
    – HorusKol
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 22:00
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    Whoa there, Wile, buddy, don't be putting this on us. I don't remember ever wanting you to catch that thing.
    – Misha R
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 22:50
  • Wow, who would have thought Wile E. Coyote was the first ever live streamer?
    – Villan
    Commented Jan 31, 2022 at 13:41

According to this video there are an additonal two cartoons besides for the accepted answer where Wile E Coyote catches the Road Runner (I am not sure how to embed it): "Hopalong Casualty" (Chuck Jones, 1960) and "The Solid Tin Coyote" (Rudy Larriva, 1966).


I believe it depends how one defines "catch". In these two cartoons, Wile E. Coyote does catch the road runner, but the road runner manages to escape. However, OP asked for cartoons where Wile E Coyote "came close to catching" and these two cartoons definitely fit the bill.

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