LOOK AT HOW LIFELIKE DISNEY’S NEW ANIMATRONICS ARE
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An incredibly long way from the original dwarves in the Snow White ride
So the eyes and mouth are project onto the face from inside? That’s clever.
And it’s not THAT new a concept. Disney got a patent on it in the late 1980s.
Disney was attempting to use the same effect (basically a back-projection from within a dummy’s head) for Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland. Disney wanted to upgrade the effectivity of their trick by allowing Madame Leota’s head to float. Before that, the head was a front projection onto a white dummy’s head and the technology wasn’t really up to the task of tracking the prop and aligning the picture with the head.
The projection from inside had its issues, mainly due to distorted imagery and it just looking wrong due to the shadows being off. So in 2001, they “reverted” to a frontal projection… (In Walt Disney World, Madame Leota is a back-projected image, but since the projection does not occur within the head, the image is more natural.)