If you were among the guests invited to the Disney Social Media Moms event out in California, then you were among the first to see this short video from Walt Disney Imagineering highlighting a few of the next-generation audio-animatronics that will populate the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom.
The video has now been released for everyone to enjoy. Take a look:
What do you think about the new style audio-animatronics? The body movements look great in this video, but the faces I’m not so sure about. I haven’t yet experienced Radiator Springs, which uses similar combinations of projection and moving parts to simulate mouth and eyelid movement. But I’ve seen it on video and these dwarf’s faces look similar.
I have to give Disney credit for not just re-using the old static figures from the Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction. That’s totally what they would have done in the past. The new Disney is more committed to using the latest technology and plussing the show.
I don’t know if there is such a thing as an uncanny valley for cartoon characters, but the dwarfs are definitely resting on the edge of it for me. My son thinks they’re a little creepy, I tend to agree, but I will with hold judgement until I see them installed on the attraction. But right now I find it almost too lifelike for the cartoon world of Snow White. What do you think?