Sunday, February 20, 2005

Laws of Cartoon Thermodynamics

Roger Ebert has a great rundown of the physics apparent in cartoons, mostly Looney Tunes, by Trevor Paquette and Lt. Justin D. Baldwin.

My favorite is Cartoon Law III:
Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation conforming to its perimeter.

Also called the silhouette of passage, this phenomenon is the speciality of victims of directed-pressure explosions and of reckless cowards who are so eager to escape that they exit directly through the wall of a house, leaving a cookie-cutout-perfect hole. The threat of skunks or matrimony often catalyzes this reaction.


Blogger The GraveDigger said...

As applied to certain cases, e.g. Scooby Scooby Doo, evil/spooky characters have about 2 audio files. One is a low moan (ooooaaahhhhhhoooooo) and one is an angry noise, akin to saying nonsense growl noises while shaking your head furiously so your cheeks jiggle (ara ara ara).

Onomonopaeia is hard to spell.

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Blogger The Good Reverend said...

Also in Scooby Doo, you always know who the monster turns out to be: it's always the first person the gang meets in the episode. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids.

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