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Physics in Cartoons

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By: John Simone, Kunal Pinto and Amanda Cipolla Monday May 13, 2002 Physics in Cartoons The cartoon that was analyzed by our group was the Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove. This movie is very entertaining and comical, however when a closer look is taken at the use (or lack thereof) of Physics Laws, many errors can be found. The following are four examples of situations in The Emperors New Groove where the laws of physics were over looked and ignored in the creation of the scene. #1 (19:05-19:48) After Emperor Kusko is turned into a lama, he is put into a cloth bag and thrown into a stream. The bag travels with the current until it falls over a waterfall. Since the bag is cloth and would therefore, absorb and fill with water, the lama and the bag should sink instead of flowing with the current. ...read more.


For the lama to see his own image, he would have to look straight down at the water so that he is looking along the normal. The following would be true <i = <r; 0 = 0. #3 (28:34) In this scene, Kusko finds himself in the middle of a group of sleeping panthers. An upset chipmunk (who is several feet away from Kusko) blows up a balloon and pops it hoping to wake up the panthers that will then eat Kusko. When the chipmunk pops the balloon, it creates so much of a draft that it almost blows the lama away. This is inaccurate because the air that would be expelled from the balloon is only as much air that was contained in the balloon to begin with. The pressure in the balloon is higher than the pressure outside the balloon. ...read more.


There is one point in the movie where the lama and Pancho are spending the night in the forest. It is a very cold night, yet the lama sits in front of a cave wall, away from the fire. This causes the shadow of the lama to fall against the wall. The movie shows a stable shadow; no movement or change in size. Since a fire flickers (it waves, grows, shrinks, shifts, etc.), the shadow, too, should move. This is because when the fire moves, the rays of light that it emits hit the wall and the lama at different angles. The absence of light on the wall (those areas where the rays could not reach the wall because they were stopped by the lama) is the shadow. Thus, because the rays of light are constantly coming from different angles, and therefore are hitting the wall and lama at different angles, the shadow should move. ...read more.

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