Think Universal is all screens and no practical effects? Well, Universal Creative is now saying, "challenge accepted."
Universal Orlando this morning dropped teaser photos and a video for what it is calling its most advanced animated character yet — a seven-foot, six-inch Hagrid that will host the upcoming new roller coaster in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
Hand-sculpted by Universal Creative using a digital scan of actor Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid's face sits atop an animated figure dressed by the same costume team from the Harry Potter films. The animated figure is programmed with 24 different body movements and facial expressions. And Coltrane recorded a custom audio track for the character that will be used on the ride.
(And if you are wondering why we keep calling this an "animated figure" instead of an Audio Animatronic, that's because the other term is a trademark by a certain competitor down I-4.)
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens to the public on June 13 and will feature a menagerie of those magical creatures on a roller coaster ride that will offer a variety of thrills while being a bit more family-friendly than the Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coasters it is replacing.
And it will show that, yes, Universal can do a practical-based narrative ride, too. Stay tuned for more coverage leading up to the grand opening. For discounted tickets and vacation packages to the Universal Orlando Resort, please visit our Universal Orlando tickets page.Tweet
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