Fast and Furry-ous is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon, released on September 17, 1949, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. It was later reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies cartoon in the beginning opening, with the original Looney Tunes ending sequence. As a result, the Looney Tunes theme (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down) plays over the Merrie Melodies title card. Fast and Furry-ous was the debut for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. It was also their only cartoon made in the 1940s. It set the template for the series, in which Wile E. Coyote (here given the Latin name Carnivorous Vulgaris) tries to catch Roadrunner (Accelleratii Incredibus) through many traps, plans and products, although in this first cartoon not all of the products are yet made by ACME. The title is a play on the old expression "fast and furious".