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Old Jan 24th 2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Post Help with cartoon physics

Hello,
i am studying to be a primary teacher and i am working on my thesis. It is about teaching physics to kids and especially starting with some cartoons as 'Tom and Jerry' where... magical things happen that defy physics rules. An example is when cartoons are walking in the air and they defy gravity . I need more cartoons, more inspiration that i can start with. I will be happy to listen to nice ideas!
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Old Jan 25th 2017, 01:48 AM   #2
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I believe in most SciFi movies craft in vacuum are shown to bank in turns as if they were in atmosphere. This isn't correct.

Wile E. Coyote is always having <cough> alternative physics play tricks on him.
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Old Jan 25th 2017, 02:30 AM   #3
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I agree that Wile E. Coyote is an excellent source of cartoon physics examples.
A good example is that heavy falling objects (anvils, boulders, pianos, etc.) always fall slower than Coyotes.

Also note that Cartoon Physics is not character symmetric.
Cartoon physics nearly always favours the road runner.

There is also a telling line in Who Framed Roger Rabbit,
When accused of being able to get out of handcuffs at any time Roger replied
"No, only when it was funny".

I suggest that Physics in the Cartoon universe includes a humour field, mediated by the giggle boson.
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