animatronics

Think 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.
If 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.
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