Animatronics

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Animatronics is the use of cable-pulled devices or actuators to animate a replica of a human or an animal, or bring lifelike characteristics to an otherwise inanimate object.wikipedia
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Special effect

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Modern animatronics tend to use robotics and have found widespread applications in movie special effects and theme parks and have, since their inception, been primarily used as a spectacle of amusement, they differ from being a robot as they not interactive, easily-programmed or have a wide range of sensors.
This includes the use of mechanized props, scenery, scale models, animatronics, pyrotechnics and atmospheric effects: creating physical wind, rain, fog, snow, clouds, making a car appear to drive by itself and blowing up a building, etc. Mechanical effects are also often incorporated into set design and makeup.

Audio-Animatronics

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The term Audio-Animatronics was coined by Walt Disney in 1961 when he started developing animatronics for entertainment and film.
"Animatronics" has become a generic name for similar robots created by firms other than Disney.

Dark ride

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A Laffing Sal is one of the several automated characters that were used to attract carnival and amusement park patrons to funhouses and dark rides throughout the United States.
A dark ride or ghost train is an indoor amusement ride on which passengers aboard guided vehicles travel through specially lit scenes that typically contain animation, sound, music and special effects.

Laffing Sal

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A Laffing Sal is one of the several automated characters that were used to attract carnival and amusement park patrons to funhouses and dark rides throughout the United States.
As one of the first animated amusement figures, Laffing Sal is considered a forerunner of the many animatronic figures seen at attractions around the world, including the Audio-Animatronic figures at Disney parks.

Jurassic Park (film)

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The 1993 film Jurassic Park used a combination of computer-generated imagery in conjunction with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by Stan Winston and his team.
The dinosaurs were created with groundbreaking computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by Stan Winston's team.

Geoff Peterson

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Geoff Peterson is an animatronic human skeleton that serves as the sidekick on the late-night talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Geoff Peterson is an animatronic human skeleton that served as the sidekick on the late-night talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Walking with Dinosaurs

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The 1999 BBC miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs was produced using a combination of about 80% CGI and 20% animatronic models.
Developed by Haines and producer Jasper James, Walking with Dinosaurs recreated extinct species through the combined use of computer-generated imagery and animatronics that were incorporated with live action footage shot at various locations.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Since then, animatronics have been used extensively in such movies as Jaws, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which relied heavily on animatronics.
Carlo Rambaldi, who designed the aliens for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was hired to design the animatronics of E.T. Rambaldi's own painting Women of Delta led him to give the creature a unique, extendable neck.

Teddy Ruxpin

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Some examples of animatronic toys include Teddy Ruxpin, Big Mouth Billy Bass, FurReal, Kota the triceratops, Pleo, WowWee Alive Chimpanzee, Microsoft Actimates, and Furby.
Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic children's toy in the form of a talking Illiop, which looks like a bear.

Pleo

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Some examples of animatronic toys include Teddy Ruxpin, Big Mouth Billy Bass, FurReal, Kota the triceratops, Pleo, WowWee Alive Chimpanzee, Microsoft Actimates, and Furby.
PLEO is an animatronic pet dinosaur toy manufactured by Innvo Labs, a company located in Hong Kong and Nevada.

Funhouse

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A Laffing Sal is one of the several automated characters that were used to attract carnival and amusement park patrons to funhouses and dark rides throughout the United States.

WowWee Alive Chimpanzee

Some examples of animatronic toys include Teddy Ruxpin, Big Mouth Billy Bass, FurReal, Kota the triceratops, Pleo, WowWee Alive Chimpanzee, Microsoft Actimates, and Furby.
The Alive Chimpanzee is produced by WowWee Alive, a division of WowWee Ltd. The animatronic Chimpanzee is the first in WowWee Alive's product line.

The Slowskys

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The Slowskys was an advertising campaign for Comcast Cable's Xfinity broadband Internet service.
The ads feature an animatronic turtle couple, Bill and Karolyn Slowsky.

Kota the triceratops

Some examples of animatronic toys include Teddy Ruxpin, Big Mouth Billy Bass, FurReal, Kota the triceratops, Pleo, WowWee Alive Chimpanzee, Microsoft Actimates, and Furby.
Kota the Triceratops was an animatronic toy dinosaur made by Hasbro and Playskool.

Stan Winston

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The 1993 film Jurassic Park used a combination of computer-generated imagery in conjunction with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by Stan Winston and his team.
Winston and his team continued to provide effects work for many more films and expanded their work into animatronics.

FurReal Friends

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Some examples of animatronic toys include Teddy Ruxpin, Big Mouth Billy Bass, FurReal, Kota the triceratops, Pleo, WowWee Alive Chimpanzee, Microsoft Actimates, and Furby.
FurReal is noted for its animatronic replications of creatures and domestic animals as an alternative to live pets, or emulating the behaviors of pets commonly desired by children including horses, cats, rabbits and dogs.

Gorilla (advertisement)

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The British advertisement campaign for Cadbury Schweppes titled Gorilla featured an actor inside a gorilla suit with an animatronically animated face.
The gorilla suit itself was woven from a 'fur' of knotted yak hairs, with an animatronic silicone face.

Actuator

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Animatronics is the use of cable-pulled devices or actuators to animate a replica of a human or an animal, or bring lifelike characteristics to an otherwise inanimate object.

Mary Poppins (film)

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Animatronics were first introduced by Disney in 1962 for the film Mary Poppins (released in 1964) which featured an animatronic bird.

Amusement park

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Modern animatronics tend to use robotics and have found widespread applications in movie special effects and theme parks and have, since their inception, been primarily used as a spectacle of amusement, they differ from being a robot as they not interactive, easily-programmed or have a wide range of sensors.

Android (robot)

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A robot designed to be a convincing imitation of a human is more specifically labeled as an android.

Anatomy

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Animatronics is a multi-disciplinary field which integrates anatomy, robots, mechatronics, and puppetry resulting in lifelike animation.

Robot

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Animatronics is a multi-disciplinary field which integrates anatomy, robots, mechatronics, and puppetry resulting in lifelike animation.

Mechatronics

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Animatronics is a multi-disciplinary field which integrates anatomy, robots, mechatronics, and puppetry resulting in lifelike animation.