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Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: The Intersection of Gadgets and Dreams

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades later. That's what it's like to visit Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Read More >>

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Building the Animatronic Terror That Trounced a T-Rex

Jurassic Park III may not be your favourite movie in the series. But that doesn't mean its effects weren't fantastic. In fact, the somewhat random third entry in the series boasted the biggest animatronic 'saur yet: the Spinosaur. Stan Winston Studios recalls the details of that behemoth's construction, and it's wild to watch. Read More >>

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This is How the Jurassic Park Animatronic Triceratops Was Built

As a young pup watching Jurassic Park, I was in terrified of the T-Rex, fearful of the Raptors, in awe of the Brachiosaurus and annoyed of that little spraying dinosaur. But probably above all, I felt for the Triceratops. It was hurt! It was dying! It was so incredibly detailed. Stan Winston School revealed how they built the Triceratops, how they painted it, how they shipped it and how the puppeteers controlled it in this video. Part two of the Triceratops video can be found here. [Stan Winston School] Read More >>

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How Engineers Built a Full-Size Animatronic T-Rex for Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park was awesome. Jurassic Park in 3D is awesome layered on awesome. And the tech behind the scenes? You can probably see where this is going. Read More >>

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This Is the Most Perfect, Freakiest Artificial Eyeball I've Ever Seen

I've written about Visionary Effects awesome — and freaky — animatronics work before. The second version of its robotic eye with dilating pupil is even more impressive and way freakier. Just amazing. I wish I had a pair of these on my living room walls. [Thanks Visionary Effects!] Read More >>

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Disney Invents Method to Clone Humans Into Silicone-Skinned Robots

This is half fascinating, half scary, and 100 per cent freaky: Disney has invented a process to clone real humans into silicone-skinned robots. Their method analyses the face of a target using 3D motion capture cameras. Then it calculates the precise shape, density and composition of a synthetic skin that accurately mimics that specific human's expressions: Read More >>

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80 Super Creepy Teddy Bears Tell You What the Internet Is Feeling

This has got to be one of the creepiest things I've ever seen. 80 teddy bears have been wired up and nailed to a wall, where they literally tell you what the Internet is feeling, reading out snippets of emotional text to emotive music. Read More >>

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Check Out Cutting-Edge TMNT Robotics Circa 1992

1992 was a simpler time. The Premier league was launched, The Bodyguard came out, Windows 3.1 was released. It was also a time when puppetry and animatronics still had a place in fantasy films. Read More >>

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