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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was one of Disney's Crown Jewels.  While not the first example it was the most popular example of a style of film making that allowed Cartoon Characters to interact with living beings.  Based off the book "Who Censored Roger Rabbit" By Gary K. Wolf it has had 1 movie, 3 cartoon shorts, a video game and an upcoming sequel.

The story goes like so....  Hardboiled, Alcoholic, Toonphobic, Private Eye Eddie Valiant is hired by R.K. Maroon to investigate a possible cheating scandal between Marvin Acme. (The guy that gave Wile E. all those shoddy Road Runner catching products.)  and Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon Star Roger. Who is suffering from depression which is affecting his career.  Eddie got the proof but as a result Acme is murdered and Roger becomes prime suspect and pursued by the Toon Patrol.  A ruthless weasel organization dedicated to law and order in ToonTown. They are lead by the sadistic Judge Doom, who invented a means of permanently killing toons called the Dip. A liquid substance that is to Toons, what acid is to people.  Eddie must help Roger while he discovers a horrible truth in the process. Something that has drove him to his toon hating status to begin with.

Now for the fun part.  Could It Exist In Real Life?

Let's start with the Dip.  The movie already gave us the explanation of its ingredients: Turpintine, Acetone, Benzene.  Now if cartoons were real, then this would be a way to kill them since they are made of vairous ink and film.  Some of which are vulnerable to one of the three ingredients alone.  As Dip is able to dissolve the Ink and Film that a Toon is made of.

Now the next part is a little difficult.  Could Cartoons Exist In Real Life?  The answer is a yes however the process is very difficult and it took me some digging to find.  In order for a cartoon to exist in the real world, you would need an interactive holographic projector.  One of which that not only reacts to the touch of a hand, but also gives you something to feel.  After doing some digging I discovered that a youtuber by the name of hugoferjig had created one.  Using Provsion holo for it's image base, two wii remotes for tracking the hand and an airborne tactile ultrasound display to give the touching object a push in the opposite direction of said approaching object.  This  gives the one touching the illusion of putting hands on a solid object.  The combination gives the user the impression that they are catching a falling object.  So far he is only doing solid objects. But I have hopes that he or someone else will improve the design.  The next step would be to try to find a way to make a mobile emitter.

As usual debate, argue and let me know what I miss. Stay tuned for more.

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