Cartoon Physics 101

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.

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8 thoughts on “Cartoon Physics 101

  1. allein 🐾 March 21, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I have no comment. I am giggling too hard.

  2. Faye March 21, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Droll laughing here. Picture perfect.

  3. Doug March 21, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Hey Rocky .. Watch me disappear without a trace !!

    ** POOF **

  4. Duckie πŸ₯ March 21, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    🎡 I believe I can fly! 🎡

  5. Catwhisperer March 21, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    It made me so happy that it was in slo-mo. The anticip…p…pation added greatly to my enjoyment!

  6. Kar March 21, 2018 / 10:06 pm


    Is someone going to go get him? Or wait until the spring thaw?

    • Doug March 22, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Wait .. it is spring isn’t it ?

      • allein 🐾 March 22, 2018 / 12:23 pm

        And it’s almost 10 degrees above freezing so the foot of snow we got yesterday will melt soon enough. He’ll be fine.

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