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Challenging cartoons

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By Kirsten Laskey

Wile E. Coyote always got dealt a bad hand. The skinny as a stick Warner Bros. ACME cartoon character with a ravenous appetite for roadrunners, developed some ingenious inventions and methods to kill the speedy bird. But despite all of Wile’s smarts, every one of his ideas blew up on him, or fell on him, or flattened him, while the bird zoomed on, unharmed.

Well, not anymore.

2001 Los Alamos High School graduate and New Mexico Tech graduate Daniel Preston joined five of his fellow students and five engineers to try out a few of the coyote’s ideas, this time in real life. What they accomplished will be shown on truTV, which was originally court TV. The six-part series, titled “Man Vs. Cartoon,” will begin airing in October.

Preston said the stunts and devices featured on the show include the rocket/skate stunt. He explained a stunt person was actually employed to strap on skates and a rocket. “(We) sent this guy on the road for the ride of his life,” he said.

He explained the students were responsible for three stunts, and “whatever was featured in the cartoon, that was what we tried to re-create.”

Thomas Guengerich, New Mexico Tech public information officer, said staff researchers engineered stunts.


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