The knowledge of building animatronics has grown from an idea to the skills necessary for building lifelike figures that can fool casual observers. What was previously an industry where only large entertainment companies could participate, now has a broader following. A growing community of hobbyists attempt to learn information about building animatronic figures from each other and from professionals who are willing to share their own knowledge learned from experience. Hobbyists can now afford to build Halloween and Christmas season animatronics for fun. Professional animatronic designers and builders continue to push new technologies and skills of building more realistic and entertaining figures.
Find out the modern history of animatronics.