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Mar 19, 2012, 1:29 PM
It depends on the situation. One of the disciplines that Chuck Jones enacted on the Road Runner shorts was "No dialogue ever, except for 'Beep-Beep!", so in those shorts, Wile doesn't need to speak. When he's interacting with other characters such as Bugs or Sam Sheepdog in his guise as Ralph Wolf, when it's required for Wile to speak, then he should and does.
There is no definitive absolute "he should talk" or "he shouldn't talk" answer. Whether Wile E. Coyote speaks or not depends on what the particular cartoon calls for. Other characters such as Sylvester have alternately been portrayed as silent or verbal depending on what the short calls for, so it's not like Wile is an exclusive case.
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(This post was edited by Starburst on Mar 19, 2012, 1:29 PM)