Tag Archive for Animatronics

Teddy Ruxpin

Remembering Teddy Ruxpin creator Ken Forsse (1936-2014)

I was sorry to learn that inventor and television producer Ken Forsse has passed away at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness. Ken was best known as the creator of the popular talking teddy bear Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980s, but few people realize he was also an early pioneer in animatronics and that his famous talking teddy was originally conceived for a puppet show almost a quarter century earlier. Read more →

King Kong Live set model

King Kong Live on Stage

A really big show – literally – is about to debut in Melbourne, Australia. King Kong is a live stage adaptation of the 1933 Hollywood classic. It features an incredible life-size animatronic King Kong designed and built by The Creature Technology Company, the brilliant Australian workshop behind Walking With Dinosaurs and How To Train Your Dragon Live. Very little footage… Read more →

Animatronic Troll head built for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel’s Animatronic Troll

The reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters haven’t been kind, but one aspect of the movie that does look very impressive is this fantastic animatronic troll head that was made for the movie by Spectral Motion. You can briefly see it in action in this clip from the film: Spectral Motion creates some remarkable practical effects. You can see… Read more →

Terminator skull

How they built better Terminators

The Stan Winston School of Character Arts has posted a great behind-the-scenes look at the improved T-800 Terminator robots that were built as practical puppets for the 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As they point out in their post, although today “T2″ is remembered primarily for its breakthrough CG effects it was also a great show case for animatronic and make-up effects as… Read more →