Walt Disney explains some of the techniques of animation.

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In Walt's words, the term "plausible impossible" means that it is something impossible in reality but still can be convincingly portrayed in some manner. He looks into a book called "The Art of Animation" and explains examples of this technique dating back to ancient times. Written by Anonymous

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31 October 1956 (USA)  »

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[Walt has used Donald as the guinea pig for cartoon sound effects by different objects and Donald, who can't take it anymore, runs off the animator paper and hides in Walt's desk]
Walt Disney: [to Donald; trying to coax him out] We're all through with the sound effects. Come on out.
Donald Duck: Uh-uh! No, sir! Leave me out of it!
Walt Disney: Oh, come on, Donald. You'll enjoy this next demonstration.
Donald Duck: No, no, no, no! Absolutely not!
Walt Disney: Donald, the people are waiting.
Donald Duck: Hmph! Let 'em wait!
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Features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Cartoon Physics
29 October 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney explains the rationale behind the laws of cartoon physics in this episode of The Wonderful World of Color.

Uncle Walt justifies them in terms of psychology, and there is some basis in this, but while this is a typically amusing episode of the show, well illustrated with clips from Disney's cartoons, I don't find this convincing. Such cartoons laws as the conservation of gravity -- a character will not fall until he notices he is in mid-air -- originated as a gag, with the cartoon law coming later.

This episode is a defense against the claims that cartoon violence causes violence in children. When Donald Duck has a safe fall on top of him and turns into a flattened accordion -- with squeezebox sounds -- psychologists such as Frederick Wertham and Alberta Siegel claimed that violent cartoons made children more violent They claimed that, at least in part, children thought that because shooting Daffy Duck with a shotgun merely made his beak turn around, ready to be snapped back stoically in place, children, that my brother and I fought because we thought there would be no effect. I wish to assure anyone reading this that my brother and I fought because we wanted to hurt each other and that we understood the difference between real people and cartoon ducks on a movie or television screen. Pain was real and made us cry, unlike the coyote after he had fallen several thousand feet with a splat.

I don't believe my brother and I were particularly perspicacious. We thought these cartoons were unreal and silly. But who knows? Perhaps the average human being is as humorless and lacking in judgment as Drs. Wertham and Siegel.


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