The Cartoon Physics of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”


Both from the Bukatman reading and our class discussion on Monday, there seems to be a set of unwritten rules when it comes to cartoons.  For example, violence and damage are generally impermanent.  While this is a rule that Bukatman alludes to, he also discusses the live-action and cartoon combination movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  This movie sparks my interest for a few reasons (mostly the fact that it scared the crap out of me as a kid).  The main villain, Judge Doom, and his “dip” deeply frightened me. See the poor quality video below:

This “dip” was something that permanently damaged (and even killed) cartoons, which violates many of the assumed laws of cartoon physics!  Besides this horrific aspect of the story, the seamless connection between the animated characters (the cartoons that follow their own rules of physics) and the live-action characters (everyday people that follow our understood rules of physics) was always really interesting to me.  This video (especially the second point) I think really illustrates how impressive making that connection believable is:



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