History Main / ToonPhysics

9th Apr '17 6:57:55 PM DVB
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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with Toon Physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with Toon Physics, and also Physics. Furthermore, he found a way to kill ''kill'' the supposedly immortal toons with the Dip, made out of turpentine, acetone and benzene (i.e. oil remover, paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.thinner and film dissolver).
13th Mar '17 12:31:09 PM arkholt
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* In ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/224 #224]], "Rain protection," it's used by Josh to torment Lewis. The bill of his cap extends to stop the rain from hitting Lewis, though the effect only works due to the perspective.
10th Dec '16 8:59:40 PM merotoker
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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. Special note in the former, [[spoiler: as it turns out that normal humans can also use ToonPhysics in "Looney Tunes Land", setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].
* ''[[TheFilmOfTheSeries The Adventures of]] Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'' showed this as the characters [[RefugeeFromTVLand were in the real world]] with a ShoutOut to ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.

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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. Special note in the former, [[spoiler: as it turns out that normal humans can also use ToonPhysics Toon Physics in "Looney Tunes Land", setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].
* ''[[TheFilmOfTheSeries The Adventures of]] Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'' showed this as the characters [[RefugeeFromTVLand were in the real world]] with a ShoutOut to ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is also like ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', in that it mixes Toon Physics with realistic physics done in Nintendo's own proprietary physics engine. In fact, all ''in-game'' physics is realistic, with impressive simulation of rope bridges, string, hair, and cloth, and generic Newtonian dynamics, while Toon Physics only appears during cutscenes, which have scripted animations that are rendered within the game engine.
** Small enemies can be squashed flat by a giant hammer in regular gameplay, though.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is also like ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', in that it mixes Toon Physics with realistic physics done in Nintendo's own proprietary physics engine. In fact, all ''in-game'' physics is realistic, with impressive simulation of rope bridges, string, hair, and cloth, and generic Newtonian dynamics, while Toon Physics only appears during cutscenes, which have scripted animations that are rendered within the game engine.
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engine. Small enemies can be squashed flat by a giant hammer in regular gameplay, though.



* The MarioAndLuigi series uses these rules more aggressively than almost any other Mario franchise. They're mostly used for travel purposes... such as Luigi slamming Mario on the head with a hammer to squash him short so he can walk under a doorway.
** Its sister series, PaperMario, also uses ToonPhysics pretty liberally, though in that game it doubles as LeaningOnTheFourthWall, as most examples of Toon Physics are mostly just toying with the games art style which resembles 2-D paper-craft characters in a 3D setting.

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* The MarioAndLuigi ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series uses these rules more aggressively than almost any other Mario franchise. They're mostly used for travel purposes... such as Luigi slamming Mario on the head with a hammer to squash him short so he can walk under a doorway.
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doorway. Its sister series, PaperMario, ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', also uses ToonPhysics this pretty liberally, though in that game those games it doubles as LeaningOnTheFourthWall, as most examples of Toon Physics are mostly just toying with the games art style which resembles 2-D paper-craft characters in a 3D setting.
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6th Dec '16 8:41:49 PM sharkmug
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* The MarioAndLuigi series uses these rules more aggressively than almost any other Mario franchise. They're mostly used for travel purposes... such as Luigi slamming Mario on the head with a hammer to squash him short so he can walk under a doorway.
** Its sister series, PaperMario, also uses ToonPhysics pretty liberally, though in that game it doubles as LeaningOnTheFourthWall, as most examples of Toon Physics are mostly just toying with the games art style which resembles 2-D paper-craft characters in a 3D setting.
29th Jul '16 2:01:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' does not only lampshade these "Physics" -- he also (ab)uses them [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy to his advantage]]! Like by slipping under a door just after being SquashedFlat.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' does not only lampshade these "Physics" -- he also (ab)uses them [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy to his advantage]]! advantage! Like by slipping under a door just after being SquashedFlat.
11th Jul '16 7:26:01 PM DVB
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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].

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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, Special note in the former, [[spoiler:it [[spoiler: as it turns out to work on that normal humans as well, can also use ToonPhysics in "Looney Tunes Land", setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].
6th Jul '16 9:14:55 PM merotoker
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* ''ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick'', a.k.a. Steve Harmon. After being transformed into "living electroplasm" from an accident with an alien portal, Slapstick is essentially a {{Toon}} -- he is able to freely abuse ToonPhysics, making him a NighInvulnerable minor RealityWarper. He can recover from all injuries almost instantly with no damage, and has performed otherwise impossible feats, such as swallowing a box of bullets and rapidly firing them by [[BulletSeed spitting them out]] like a machine gun. Specifically, Slapstick is a character in the 616 MarvelUniverse, just like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. However, he has super powers that ''just happen'' to make him resemble a cartoon. He has a normal human form, but when he transforms to his Slapstick form, he has RubberMan powers, meaning that he can be stretched harmlessly and turn into an accordion when crushed, and a very powerful HealingFactor, meaning that he can be riddled with bullets, and burned to ash and leave his eyes unharmed long enough for a few blinks. He also has gloves which can access a "sub-spacial storage pocket," or, in layman's terms, {{Hammerspace}}. Finally, he has the personality of a practical joker. Put it together, and he's a cartoon character who could reasonably interact with the X-Men.

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* ''ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick'', a.k.a. Steve Harmon. After being transformed into "living electroplasm" from an accident with an alien portal, Slapstick is essentially a {{Toon}} -- he is able to freely abuse ToonPhysics, Toon Physics, making him a NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le minor RealityWarper. He can recover from all injuries almost instantly with no damage, and has performed otherwise impossible feats, such as swallowing a box of bullets and rapidly firing them by [[BulletSeed spitting them out]] like a machine gun. Specifically, Slapstick is a character in the 616 MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, just like Spider-Man Franchise/SpiderMan and the Fantastic Four.ComicBook/FantasticFour. However, he has super powers that ''just happen'' to make him resemble a cartoon. He has a normal human form, but when he transforms to his Slapstick form, he has RubberMan powers, meaning that he can be stretched harmlessly and turn into an accordion when crushed, and a very powerful HealingFactor, meaning that he can be riddled with bullets, and burned to ash and leave his eyes unharmed long enough for a few blinks. He also has gloves which can access a "sub-spacial storage pocket," or, in layman's terms, {{Hammerspace}}. Finally, he has the personality of a practical joker. Put it together, and he's a cartoon character who could reasonably interact with the X-Men.



* In one of the first appearances of Mr. Mxyzptlk after the John Byrne reboot, he makes cartoon characters real and attacks Franchise/{{Superman}} with them. The creatures ([[{{Expy}} expies]] of, among others, Fred Flintstone, the Smurfs, and WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) obey ToonPhysics and are thus somewhat of a chore, but when Superman ''himself'' is turned toony by Mxy, he exploits it (pulling a cat from {{Hammerspace}} in his cloak to scare the Mighty Mouse expy, for instance).
* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of toon physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquashedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.

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* In one of the first appearances of Mr. Mxyzptlk after the John Byrne reboot, he makes cartoon characters real and attacks Franchise/{{Superman}} with them. The creatures ([[{{Expy}} expies]] of, among others, Fred Flintstone, the Smurfs, and WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) obey ToonPhysics this and are thus somewhat of a chore, but when Superman ''himself'' is turned toony by Mxy, he exploits it (pulling a cat from {{Hammerspace}} in his cloak to scare the Mighty Mouse expy, for instance).
* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of toon physics.Toon Physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquashedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.



* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, Toon Physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.



* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan.]]

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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan.]]Jordan]].



* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a rare live-action example that doesn't involve the RogerRabbitEffect. The back cover of the DVD aptly describes the film as [[XMeetsY Looney Tunes meets Quentin Tarantino]].

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* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a rare live-action example that doesn't involve the RogerRabbitEffect. The back cover of the DVD aptly describes the film as [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Looney Tunes meets Quentin Tarantino]].



* The basis of the season 8 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici". A powerful telekinetic loses his grip on reality and retreats into a dream-world made up of his childhood cartoons. His abilities go full-on RealityWarper and apply toon physics to everything in his vicinity.

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* The basis of the season 8 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici". A powerful telekinetic loses his grip on reality and retreats into a dream-world made up of his childhood cartoons. His abilities go full-on RealityWarper and apply toon physics Toon Physics to everything in his vicinity.



* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' characters all operate under some degree of cartoon physics due to it being a fighting game, but none moreso than Peacock. Peacock's entire gimmick is being a superpowered cyborg whose appearance and abilities are all heavily based off of Golden Age cartoons. She is explicitly described as being able to [[RealityWarper bend reality]] to fit her cartoonish fighting style. Peacock pulls a plethora of weapons out of Hammerspace, summons [[ShadowOfImpendingDoom Shadows of Impending Doom]] to drop random objects such as [[PianoDrop pianos]] and [[AnvilOnHead other hefty objects]] on her opponents' heads, shoots AbnormalAmmo from her comically oversized revolver, pulls opponents into a BigBallOfViolence, can summon an entire [[AssistCharacter backup squad]] of cartoon cronies including a multitude of [[CartoonBomb walking bombs]], and utilises many other playfully painful fighting techniques that operate under ToonPhysics rules.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' characters all operate under some degree of cartoon physics due to it being a fighting game, but none moreso than Peacock. Peacock's entire gimmick is being a superpowered cyborg whose appearance and abilities are all heavily based off of Golden Age cartoons. She is explicitly described as being able to [[RealityWarper bend reality]] to fit her cartoonish fighting style. Peacock pulls a plethora of weapons out of Hammerspace, summons [[ShadowOfImpendingDoom Shadows of Impending Doom]] to drop random objects such as [[PianoDrop pianos]] and [[AnvilOnHead other hefty objects]] on her opponents' heads, shoots AbnormalAmmo from her comically oversized revolver, pulls opponents into a BigBallOfViolence, can summon an entire [[AssistCharacter backup squad]] of cartoon cronies including a multitude of [[CartoonBomb walking bombs]], and utilises many other playfully painful fighting techniques that operate under ToonPhysics these rules.



* After being transformed into human cartoon characters, the (live action) characters in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' begin operating on toon physics.

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* After being transformed into human cartoon characters, the (live action) characters in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' begin operating on toon physics.Toon Physics.



* WaltDisney himself referred to this phenomenon as "The Plausible Impossible", i.e. animating actions that would be physically impossible (a character walks off a cliff and still stands in mid-air) and making them seem plausible in the animated setting (said character then looks down, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress realizes his predicament and starts falling]]).

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* WaltDisney Creator/WaltDisney himself referred to this phenomenon as "The Plausible Impossible", i.e. animating actions that would be physically impossible (a character walks off a cliff and still stands in mid-air) and making them seem plausible in the animated setting (said character then looks down, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress realizes his predicament and starts falling]]).



** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reasons ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous ToonPhysics that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree. This particularly hits Pinkie, since her toon gags are a large part of her portrayal in the show, and she's not easy to write without them.

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** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reasons ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous ToonPhysics version that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree. This particularly hits Pinkie, since her toon gags are a large part of her portrayal in the show, and she's not easy to write without them.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had a pair of cartoon characters transported into the "real world" and cause havoc. They were virtually unstoppable due to ToonPhysics, as they were functionally invulnerable.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had a pair of cartoon characters transported into the "real world" and cause havoc. They were virtually unstoppable due to ToonPhysics, this, as they were functionally invulnerable.
15th Jun '16 3:29:04 PM TheTownsend
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* Sergeant Acme of ''Webcomic/KongTower'' has this as a Superpower, complete with {{Hammerspace}} and WheelOFeet.
19th Apr '16 4:01:47 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}]s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}]s gag}}s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.
19th Apr '16 4:01:18 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured Orson Whales, a whale expy of Creator/OrsonWelles, who explained to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}]s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales, a whale expy of Creator/OrsonWelles, who explained Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.
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