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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Fox, The Mad Scientist, and The Robot

Posted by: The Mad Scientist

I just got back from seeing The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the second time in a week, and I have to say that I absolutely love that movie! I rarely go to see movies in the theaters at all anymore, so the fact that I saw this movie twice really means something! Honest to God I just can't stop thinking about it! Why am I so in love with this particular movie you ask? Well for starters, its opening scene with the Luftwaffe Heinkel He-111 bombers attacking London in the middle of the night with flak, tracers, and search light beams filling the screen was enough to make this movie catch my attention all by itself! I am a huge military history buff, and the special effects and cinematography of that scene was just awesome! It was much better than the similar shot of Junkers Ju-87B Stukkas shown attacking London in the beginning of the Disney animated feature film Return to Neverland, which was in that aspect anyway a Narnia knock off.

As great as the opening scene of this movie is, it still is't what has gotten me all excited about this film. What has gotten me on cloud nine is the CG animated animal characters in this movie, especially the talking fox that was voiced by actor Rupert Everett. Considering the fact that I have only been trying to build my very own realistic talking fox in the form of my Foxee animatronic robot project, actually seeing one that looked extremely realistic on the big screen was practically a mind blowing experience for me! The words just escape me about how cool the fox was! And if having a talking fox wasn't great enough for this film, I also have a huge soft spot for cheetahs, and there were plenty of CG cheetahs in this film as well! One thing that I especially enjoyed in this film was how the humans, animals, and mythical creatures work, fight, and live together side by side and treat each other as equals. Now if only the humans on planet Earth could get along so well with one another.... To say that I found this film to be inspiring for my own animatronics and animation work is an understatement! In fact, I am sure that I will both be talking all of my friends' ears off about this movie and be having Narnian talking foxes in my dreams for many months to come!

So that you can see what I am talking about, here are two screen captures of the CG animated talking fox from the film:

The fox from Narnia talking to the children and the beavers about the mission given to him by Azland around a fire.

The talking fox from Narnia bidding his friends farewell.

The pictures above show the absolutely amazing CG-animated talking fox from the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In this scene the fox is telling his friends about the special mission that Azland the lion has sent him on. I found this incredible talking fox to be very inspiring for my animatronic Foxee robot project!

I apologize for how small these film captures are, but this was the best that I could do. The CG animated fox character is unfortunately in none of the promotional pictures for the movie, so I had to use Paint Shop Pro to take some screen captures of the fox while he was being shown in a behing the scenes online mini-documentary movie at the official Narnia website. These small pictures don't do this incredible fox any justice at all-- you have just got to see this fox in motion on the big screen! Now I just need to work on finding a way to get my Foxee animatronic robot to end up looking this good when she's finished!

Another ecperience that I had recently that I also found to be very informative and inspiring was my visit to Robert King's house last Saturday. Robert King is the person responsible for founding the Midwest Furfest furry convention back in 2000, and he has a lot of friends in the furry fandom. With the Further Confusion furry convention in San Jose, California rapidly approaching, many of Robert's fursuiting friends had a lot of last minute construction to do on their new fursuit costumes for the convention, so Robert hosted a huge social gathering for them all to get together and pool their resources to get their costumes finished over at his house. I am not a fursuiter yet with no current plans on becoming one, but my animatronics mentor Kitt Foxx was going to be there working on his latest animatronic creation at Robert's house as well. Because of this, Robert was kind enough to invite me over to his house as well so that I could watch Kitt Foxx work on his new animatronic fursuit with the hope that I could pick up a few pointers from him.

I have to say that Kitt Foxx's brand new animatronic fursuit that he is going to be debuting at Further Confusion is absolutely awesome, and that she will be an awe-inspiring sight for sure when she makes her premier at Further Confusion! I wish I could go into great detail describing every great amazing thing that this incredible new animatronic fursuit can do, but I swore to secrecy so I am limited to telling you only the information that he released previously during the Midwest Furfest Head Construction Panel.

This new fursuit of his is definitely a step up from his Georgia Belle vixen animatronic fursuit that he wore at Midwest Furfest back in 2004! While the Georgia Belle animtronic fursuit could only do pre-recorded audio and servo motor actions that were from a program disk much like a more technilogically adbvanced Teddy Ruxpin doll, Kitt Foxx's new female raccoon suit uses a model airplane type radio remote control to control the fursuit's animatronic actions. A second person (known as the "handler") standing nearby the fursuit performer controls the suit's facial expressions with this radio controller, allowing the person wearing the fursuit to concentrate on his body acting and allowing the fursuit's animatronic facial actions to respond spontaniously and interact with people around the suit! It truly is an amazing setup, and I am sure that it is going to delight and amaze the attendees of the Further Confusion convention! Boy do I wish that I could be there to see it! I had an absolutely wonderful time with Robert, Kitt Foxx, Aeto, and all of the other wonderful costumers that I spent the day with and learned a ton of useful information from them, and hopefully the next time that I see them I will have enough of Foxee completed so that I can amaze them as well! As always, any comments that you may have are greatly appreciated and encouraged!


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