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    Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Do you think the characters faces will ever be animated?
    And, if they could be animated, would you want them to be? It might freak out some little kids, and adults, depending on how good they do it.
    Is the technology there to make a mask that size show all types of emotion and expression?

    I thought I remember reading they were trying this on Mickey and Minnie somewhere.

    Just wondering what you all thought.....

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Quote Originally Posted by cal4iri View Post
    Do you think the characters faces will ever be animated?
    And, if they could be animated, would you want them to be? It might freak out some little kids, and adults, depending on how good they do it.
    Is the technology there to make a mask that size show all types of emotion and expression?

    I thought I remember reading they were trying this on Mickey and Minnie somewhere.

    Just wondering what you all thought.....
    They are animated at WDW and its down right SPOOKY!!!!
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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Quote Originally Posted by DippyDawg'32 View Post
    They are animated at WDW and its down right SPOOKY!!!!
    Are they really? Maybe that's where I heard it. I thought there would be more talk or video out there about those but I haven't seen or heard much.
    I can imagine it being really weird looking!

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Yeah, I believe in one of the parks (I can't remember which) they had characters in one of the stage shows that could blink and move theirs mouths. I saw a youtube video of it, and it freaked me out! But once I watched for a few more minutes, I got used to it. It actually added a lot to the stage show.

    But I don't think it'll ever happen for atmosphere characters. There's no point in having them blink or anything if they can't talk, and having them talk would require far too difficult casting.

    If we ever get a stage show back at the parks, I hope we'll get to experience the mouth-moving and blinking characters

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    I was hoping Tigger could make a snarling face during the next time he beats the hell out of a guest.

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    In the 'Dream Along with Mickey" castle show at WDW, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy all have articulated heads with moving mouths and blinking eyes.

    I think they look really awesome and add a lot of life to the characters. I would absolutely love to see the technology used on meet and greet characters, although because they have such unique voices, they still will probably never be able to talk. Although, there's no reason why they couldn't at least blink/wink.
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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    The animated heads are still working the bugs out. They are extremely forward heavy and were heating up very fast. When the time comes, WDW will put those heads in Fant! and parades but not for greetings. I don't know if they will be headed out to DL.

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Maybe as early as the next Christmas show in 2008.

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Do they have a big bottle of Visine backstage? They should at least allow the characters to blink! That would be cool.
    Or just have their mouths do that "Oooohhhh" expression, a sad face, a surprised face, a wink. Those could be use for meets.
    I agree though, it probably won't happen for meet characters in the park.

    I would hate for my daughters to be talking to Minnie while she gets a twitch in her eye and her upper jaw starts trembling......

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Due to the cost, special training and maintenance on the animatronic heads they most definately will not be used for greetings.

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Quote Originally Posted by DippyDawg'32 View Post
    They are animated at WDW and its down right SPOOKY!!!!
    Only for the "Dream Along With Mickey" stage show. The regular meet & greet characters have the usual static heads.

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Yeah, for stage shows, parades, etc. it's a good thing...but not for meet n greets...that would look a tad creepy (esp. for kids, heh)

    And yes, it is expensive to get the servos/equipment they use to make their faces more "animated"...

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    I can totally see why it's not practically feasible to use the heads for M&G, but I still love them, so I hope they use the opportunity to integrate the tech into future shows. And I also really really hope that they do bring it out to DL sometime in the future. At the moment, they really don't have a show they could use it in for full effect, since Fant! has a very tiny speaking part for Mickey and there is no castle show. But now that it exists, my best-case scenario would be a new show in, say, Fantasyland Theatre starring Mickey & co. using the articulated heads.


    I wouldn't be surprised, though, if Tokyo Disney was the next park to try out the new heads. Their shows seem to be well-built for it, from the ones I've heard about.
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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    I just found it on youtube, and it is kind of freaky but cool:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663GPPp9y_4

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    Re: Disneyland Characters In The Park

    Quote Originally Posted by wbarley View Post
    I just found it on youtube, and it is kind of freaky but cool:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663GPPp9y_4
    Oooohhhhh how I wish youtube wasn't blocked here at work!!

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