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Definition: animatronics


(ANIMAl elecTRONICS or ANIMAted elecTRONICS) The field of robotic animals and puppets. Animatronics is a branch of robotics that is used in movies as well as product commercials. However, animatronics has mostly given way to computer-generated imagery (CGI), where everything is created entirely in the computer because it is more cost effective than building real models and animating them. However, a combination of animatronics and CGI are sometimes used. See computer-generated imagery, mechatronics and robot.




Munch's Make Believe Band
This animatronic gang entertained people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant for 21 years before it was disbanded in 2019. (Image courtesy of Chuck E. Cheese.)