animatronics

Roger Broggie Jr. Made Magic for Disney

Posted on 01/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyThink of Disney technical virtuoso Roger Broggie Jr. as a real-life version of Geppetto, the fictional woodcarver who carved a puppet that came to life. But instead of Pinocchio, Broggie helped create such magical figures as the robotic buccaneers in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a talking replica of Abe Lincoln, and Herbie, the living Volkswagen Beetle who made Disney’s 1968 comedy The Love Bug such an enduring hit. Broggie, who died on Dec. 11 at age 72 in …

Carlo Rambaldi: In Motion Pictures, He Put the ‘Special’ in Special Effects

Posted on 08/14/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong,  or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott’s Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi, a special-effects wizard who died Aug. 10 at age 86  in his native Italy, won Academy Awards for visual effects for all three of those films. Spielberg hailed Rambaldi as “E.T.’s Geppetto,” a reference to the fictional woodcarver who created Pinocchio, but Rambaldi’s skills …