In the past, we've exempted talking animals from topicality. I propose we extend that to all cartoon physics, unless otherwise on-topic.
For example, all of the following questions would be off-topic:
Yes, these incidents are contrary to real-world physics, but that doesn't make them fantastical. They are included for humor value, and do not have some deeper meaning that we can usefully analyze.
On the other hand, questions involving (say) Marvin the Martian or in a clearly SFFnal setting would be on-topic. For judging the topicality of individual elements, it's difficult to formulate a concrete test, but here are some considerations:
- Is the element a one-off joke, or an ongoing part of the story?
- Are the characters surprised by the element?
- Is the element relevant to the plot?
- Does the story go to any effort to explain the element, or to suggest that it has an explanation?
- As a last resort, if the element fails all of the other tests, does it at least resemble or conform to any traditional SFF genre convention (e.g. aliens with ray guns and UFOs, wizards with wands and pointy hats, etc.)? This may seem an arbitrary loophole, but conventions are shorthand. They allow authors to "skip over" the above steps, while still assuring the audience that there's a there there.
This is not an exhaustive list of criteria, nor does passing one of these tests imply that a question is automatically on-topic. Close-voters are expected to use common sense and if necessary to take individual questions to meta for more specific discussion.
Now, of course, the material question here is whether Snoopy's doghouse qualifies as "cartoon physics." Based on past meta voting patterns and my own understanding of Peanuts, I lean towards "yes." Although it does recur regularly throughout the comic, it is never seriously suggested that this element needs any explanation (other than the occasional aside glance, which don't really count because those are fourth-wall gags rather than part of the plot), nor indeed are we ever given one. We can contrast that with Calvin and Hobbes, which regularly takes the story to "traditionally" SFFnal settings and so is on-topic.