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How Space Travel Works, According to the Scooby-Doo Animators

We start out decently enough – ok, sure, the moon is actually, on average, 238,855 miles away from the earth, but rounding up a bit is understandable. No big deal.

However, shortly after, they claim to have reached a “top speed of 50,000 MPH.” 

Now, the fastest speed a manned ship has ever traveled was 24,791 MPH (for a brief time), according to basic researching… but hey, these are cartoon ships! Whatever, we’ll give ‘em a pass here as well.

At this point, however, things start to get tricky. Less than a minute later (while huddling around a TARDIS control module) the show claims they’re “halfway to the moon.”

Let’s do some reeeaaaally basic math, shall we? According to the show, these ships are moving at 50K MPH, and have 250K miles to go. This would mean the trip would take 5 hours – which is definitely not 2 minutes.

Even if we ignore the fact that the actual moon mission took around 3 days, and say that these magical cartoon ships travel at their top speed endlessly, their own numbers don’t add up. 

In order to travel that distance in the span of two minutes, they wouldn’t have to be going at 50,000 MPH… they’d have to travel at 7,500,000 MPH. 150x faster.

It only gets worse from here. Before landing, they slow down using drag chutes… which don’t do anything in space because there’s no air resistance in a vacuum. Those silly newtonian mechanics are always getting in the way.

And then, to top it all off,

Snagglepuss interviews a giant banana.

And I start to question whether it’s worth analyzing the scientific content of this show.

Apologies for the lack in uploading on this account, I promise I won’t neglect tumblr again. Here’s a Thorn from the Hex Girls (as if I had to tell you) drawing from last night.

Ted the Animator: “Why do the tank treads appear out of nowhere from one frame to the next?”

Carl the Animator: “He’s the magical bad guy, remember? He magicked them into existence.”

Ted the Animator: “…that’s not the magician.”

Carl the Animator: “…what?”

Ted the Animator: “The magician has the suit and the top hat. That guy’s just the generic, stereotypical bad guy character.”

Carl the Animator: “…ohhhhhhhhhh.

Ted the Animator: “Yup.”

Carl the Animator:Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Ted the Animator: “Yup.”

Carl the Animator: “…”

Ted the Animator: “…you’re not going to bother to re-draw it, are you?”

Carl the Animator: “Nah. We can just pretend the moose is a magician.”

This is one of the very rare times we get to see outside the background, and into the inky void of what is – presumably – the surface they animated on. 

And why, prithee, does this happen? 

Because the animators forgot that if you pan the camera really far down, people can see really far down.

#notrocketscience