Cartoon Science

The laws of physics within cartoons may seem drastically different from the scientific laws within our world, but how different are they?  Does gravity only work when you look down? Are bananas slippery? Do heavy objects fall faster than light objects?

In this show, we discover the differences between cartoon science and real science. We look at friction, materials, gravity, the laws of motion and more. The show features original animated clips, audience interaction and demonstrations of ‘real-world’ science.


Cartoon Science is available in either 45 or 60 minute versions of the show. It is suitable for schools with children aged 7-11, families and mixed aged audiences, and festival audiences.


The clip below is an original animation designed especially for this show by Sean Cox Design.  This  cartoon helps us look at Sir Issac Newton’s three laws of motion.

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2

  • Science is about thinking creatively to try to explain how living and non-living things work and to establish links between causes and effects
  • It is important to test ideas using evidence from observation and measurement
  • Consider what sources of information, including first-hand experience and a range of other sources, they will use to answer questions
  • Use observations, measurements or other data to draw conclusions
  • Compare everyday materials and objects on the basis of their material properties, including hardness, strength and flexibility


  • Compare how things move on different surfaces
  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of Gravity
  • Identify the effects of air resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces

The States Of Matter

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases,

Learning objectives

Key Stage 2

After watching the show Key stage 2 pupils should:

  • Recognise that science establishes rules and models which describe the world and enable us to predict future behaviour
  • Develop investigative skills in observation and making hypotheses
  • Know that forces make objects change their speed, direction or shape
  • Know that gravity is a force which attracts objects towards the Earth
  • Realise that similar objects of different masses fall at the same rate
  • Describe simple physical properties of some solid materials

What people say about us

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    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School