Living Characters Initiative: Talking Mickey spotted at Meet & Greet
Posted 05 May 2010 - 01:23 AM
Check out the YouTube videos:
Posted 05 May 2010 - 10:59 AM
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:09 AM
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 12:19 PM
Can't wait to see it in person.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:42 PM
On the official Disney Parks blog, they've posted another video: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010...-three-testing/
If you read the comments in that post, one of the writers responds to a post about how quickly Disney will bring talking characters to the park. The writer says it is a long ways off. I understand why. Living characters are part actor and part puppeteer. My guess is that it might take an additional person or two. Additional considerations include powering the puppet, training the voice actors, and assembling teams to work specific characters.
For the most part, I think it looks very promising. If costs or technical hurdles make it a challenge for meet and greets, it would be great to see in stage shows at least. I'm thinking Fantasmic or Beauty and the Beast....
Posted 11 May 2010 - 07:31 PM
The article also postulates as to why this is happening now. Their guess is a combination of management shifts and technology catching-up. It looks like there is a voice changer that allows the performer to talk in real-time. Taking a look at the PDF of the filing, I noticed the battery pack. How heavy is that? Yikes. It looks like a space suit is less complicated.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 05:44 AM
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