The first Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated cartoon, Fast and Furry-ous, featuring Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote was released in 1949 and featured the famous tunnel through the mountain scene. Coyote wishes to capture and eat Roadrunner, as usual, so he paints an entrance to a non-existing tunnel on a mountainside and expects Roadrunner to knock himself unconcious when he runs into the false entrance. To Coyote’s frustration, Roadrunner passes through the entrance and runs down the tunnel. Coyote tries to follow Roadrunner through the tunnel entrance and the tunnel, but he smashes himself on the painted entrance. The tunnel sequence starts at 3:31 of the 7 minute video.
The embedded Merrie Melodies cartoon is from the dailymotion website.
The bookends are marked Made in China and clearly reproduce the cartoon. All previous Chinese-made bookends we have seen have carried American nineteen-twenties or thirties realistic bookend subjects. Here the Chinese maker is appreciating and replicating zany American humor. Perhaps this presages a new wave of novel Chinese bookends.
These bookends are very substantial – large, heavy, and with eleven accurately-applied colors with paints that are not affected by water, detergent, or wax. AND ….. it is clear that anyone of a certain age that sees them covets them.