Objects in cartoon reality often behave differently than their counterparts in the natural world. In past lectures, we have explored the phenomenon of blindfloating, the ability to remain suspended in midair as long as one doesn’t look down.
However, some natural phenomena have analogues in the ink-and-paint world. One of these is shapesmashing, the tendency of a projectile, in particular a frenzied animal, to crash through a wall or window leaving behind a perfect outline. In cartoons, this happens regularly, but it can occasionally be seen in reality as well.
Submitted by associate professor Phred’s Mom.