Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Totally Talking Turtle, Dude!
My mom keeps saying 'you should blog about Crush the Turtle!'
Now - to clarify, I've told my mother a very detailed insanely long story about my experience at 'Turtle Talk with Crush' from Finding Nemo at Disneyland recently. It's a voice-activated real-time animation system. Which -- thanks to this CG Crush character's real-time lip sync (Not to mention the 30 frames-per-second that his image is rendered in) -- makes it seem as if a living Crush were actually on the other side of the aquarium 'glass'. He says stuff like "You. Little Dude in the second row. The one with the bright red shell. Are those your parental units seated directly to your left? Your mom's a total babe."
It's then that you see a hundred jaws drop all at the same time. Mostly parents, since the kids knew Crush was real all along. The parents suddenly realize that this isn't some lame singing animatronic parrot that clicks and whirrs. Animatronics blew your mind in 1963, but recently they're tired to anyone but a die-hard fan like me who knows all the Tiki Room lines to sing along. (Ah ha, I see, Schmitt has no hair! Mi Amigos, stop your clucking, it's time to start the show!)
Yes, it was amazing, but not blog-worthy, as I've been failing at attempting to come up with a really super-cool way of re-telling you the story. So since I've given up, I'm just going to cut to the end of the previously written blog, that has the one joke I came up with :
It's possibly not as amazing-sounding on this blog as it is in person, but live animation that talks real-time, directly to you using your name, answering anything you want to ask, is pretty impresive and Disney Magical. Walt would be proud.
And since I'm sure people are mildly predictable, I doubt Crush the turtle gets questions like 'What is the nature of Space-Time?'
But if he did, I feel confident he could answer it better than me.
: Now wasn't that better? You didn't need to know the whole story anyway, and it was just as funny. Really, I'm just looking out for you.