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The Rise and Fall of Cartoon Physics

The Rise and Fall of Cartoon Physics

A lecture by Scott Bukatman, Professor of Art & Art History, Stanford University

  • Date:
    Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • Time:
    12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Social Sciences Building (SOS)
  • Room:
    250
  • Cost:
    Free

Summary:

Enjoy a lecture on Cartoon Physics by Scott Bukatman, Professor of Art & Art History, Stanford University.

Description:

Anything can happen in a cartoon, as cartoon characters frequently remind us as they blithely ignore the fourth wall to address us directly. But Hollywood cartoons do not give us an entirely disordered universe of chaos and entropy. They give us a world that is ordered, but ordered differently. “Cartoon physics” describes a series of “laws” that would be recognized and accepted by anyone who’d ever spent their formative years watching cartoons. Cartoon physics has been with us for nearly as long as cartoons have existed, but it becomes important to write about now because its alternative universe of un-natural laws is threatened by the encroachments of the physics of the real world into the realm of animation in the digital age.