Adam Savage Meets a Life-Size Animatronic T-Rex!

Feb 19, 2021
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Adam steps into the massive workshop of Animax Designs, a character design and fabrication company that he's been working with for his velociraptor costume. One of Animax's specialties is the build of fully animatronic dinosaurs, and Adam gets up close with their massive Tyrannosaurus Rex mech that's just about to be animated for the first time.
Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Norman Chan
Additional production by Shay Willard
Music by Jinglepunks
Special thanks to Chuck Fawcett, Jay Rottinghaus, Michael Schupbach, and the rest of the team at Animax Designs for making our visit possible!
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Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman
Set design by Danica Johnson
Set build by Asa Hillis
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  • Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Life-Size Raptor Costume!: Special thanks to Chuck Fawcett, Jay Rottinghaus, Michael Schupbach, and the rest of the team at Animax Designs for making our visit possible!

    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s Tested16 days ago
    • Dinosaurs never existed.. Make a video about that.

      RR ExtraRR Extra9 days ago
    • awesome site! doesn't look too fancy but it really worked :P

      Johnny BaylorJohnny Baylor12 days ago
    • dont know if anyone gives a damn but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my girlfriends Instagram account using Instaportal. Cant link here so search for it on google ;)

      Rohan BenjaminRohan Benjamin12 days ago
    • How much do I have to pay their team to go into their shop for a day and help assist them if I can?

      VanDLisztVanDLiszt16 days ago
    • ❤️

      Ernesto Manuel Colon JrErnesto Manuel Colon Jr16 days ago
  • Is full sized robot dinos a good idea?

    R O M C H O M P AR O M C H O M P A3 hours ago
  • Stop wearing masks!...

    Darthragnar EinarsonnDarthragnar Einarsonn2 days ago
  • I can't waaaaiit to see this! Oh my gosh!!😜😆

    Sherri WeibertSherri Weibert2 days ago
  • Ooo Ah, that's how it always starts. Later there's the running and the screaming.

    Bryce McKenzieBryce McKenzie2 days ago
  • I liked the way the guy said suspend belief instead of suspend disbelief.

    PatrickPatrick2 days ago
  • Wouldn't that be a great place to intern for a mechanical or electrical engineering student? They must do internships, right?

    PatrickPatrick2 days ago
  • Holy hell, the fluidity of the trex is insane it looks almost fake like cgi it's so smooth I'm so impressed by this what a crazy technology

    CainCain2 days ago
  • 2:43 no, they don't lol

    Marc PardoMarc Pardo3 days ago
  • Camera focus is off on the early interview shots like 5:18. I hate noticing stuff like this.

    Jason ZakJason Zak3 days ago
  • Why does everyone have a bad sunburn?

    Rachel BlackRachel Black4 days ago
  • this one i like super coollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    Anthony VillanuevaAnthony Villanueva4 days ago
  • They should get together with Boston Dynamics and make one that actually walks.

    BillyionBillyion4 days ago
  • I’m commenting “Correct”

    Twenty 209Twenty 2096 days ago
  • Farting dinosaurs is something I will think about the next few days...

    Wolfsmilch SchlürferWolfsmilch Schlürfer7 days ago
  • Just found my first purchase when I win the lottery!

    Lyle SlatonLyle Slaton7 days ago
  • This is amazing

    GamerDeck RykeGamerDeck Ryke7 days ago
  • Subtitulo en español

    fausto gimenezfausto gimenez8 days ago
  • Please tell me you're planning a follow-up video to show what this bad boy looks like when it's finished!

    TorQueMoDTorQueMoD9 days ago
  • Adam, for wire to bend frequently it has to be stranded. The finer the strands the more it can bend (welder cable). Copper work hardens when bent. Automotive and marine grade cabling must be stranded for this reason because of vibrations.

    Matthew SzostekMatthew Szostek9 days ago
  • Why do my eyes keep tearing up throughout this video??

    Smaakjeks KSmaakjeks K9 days ago
  • As an animator, I now have a new dream. These rigs must be fun to play with!

    hyperfiskhyperfisk10 days ago
    • @hyperfisk Dino's are definitely fun to work on and yes the limiting you have to build into these mechs is a bit crazy sometimes. Idk if you know how delta motions work with actuators but those are "fun" to work with. Yikes. It's incredibly fun. Imagine animating your traditional way with a life size skinned dino in front of you and being able to update the motions on the fly. And not just some two motion mech, one with over twenty and giving it life. It's incredible. Glad to hear you got to work on some in some fashion.

      Cody AshworthCody Ashworth9 days ago
    • @Cody Ashworth I can imagine one of the more difficult parts must be all the constraints the rigging gives you. But it looks like so much fun too. Was lucky enough to animate some 3D dinosaurs for a documentary some years ago. Honestly, dinosaurs make the job even more fun any day.

      hyperfiskhyperfisk9 days ago
    • Dewd absolutely! Rigging a mech like this has it's challenges at times since we build it to meet the functions of the actuators in the mech. Animating with actuator based limits has it's challenges but taking those limits and making them look as life like as you can is the goal. If you have any questions I can bombard you with info. Educating in this field is important for other animators out there to broaden their horizons and to know you don't have to shoot for the mainstream view on what a job in our industry looks like. Thanks for the comment! Love the interest.

      Cody AshworthCody Ashworth9 days ago
  • Does anyone know where this is going to?

    Brettr oBrettr o10 days ago
  • Seeing this thing to scale, I have to wonder how it gets sent off to the clients

    Desiree WalkerDesiree Walker10 days ago
  • I know trucks and these characters are only machines. But I've had a favorite truck that just has a "perfect feel" is this the same with these wonderful machines?

    Paul StokesPaul Stokes10 days ago
  • I drive trucks..each truck is individual. 2 trucks are never the same. My question is, is each individual character different as well? Lol.. Like a "unique personality"?

    Paul StokesPaul Stokes10 days ago
    • Each character is totally unique! Great question. The main difference is we aren't making a million of these things and you can't just test drive it until you like it. We build it the way we know we will like it.

      Cody AshworthCody Ashworth6 days ago
  • This legitimately reminds me of Reptar from the Rugrats The Movie

    rockerojuanrockerojuan10 days ago
  • Where is this going? Where can it be seen irl?

    Cyber JackalCyber Jackal10 days ago
  • Watching stuff like this makes me realize how dumb I actually am 😆

    NabikonNabikon11 days ago
  • animatronic its my pet

    THÉIA ROBTHÉIA ROB11 days ago
  • you better go back when she has a skin

    Indy JacksteitIndy Jacksteit11 days ago
  • Dude! Stop making me so jealous. I wanted SO much as a kid to get to see the JP T. Rex animatronic in person...and alas, it was scrapped and the foam rubber skin rotted so I never will. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease can you do a JP T. Rex head using the same techniques ILM did for the first film? Just the head? It's big but....doable!

    KalevipoegKalevipoeg11 days ago
    • Also this finalized will totally scratch that itch for you!

      Cody AshworthCody Ashworth10 days ago
    • I think that was Stan Winston Studios.

      Cody AshworthCody Ashworth10 days ago
  • TAKE THE MASKS OFF you look stupid

    MsSaudmMsSaudm11 days ago
  • This has to be for velocicoaster at islands of adventure.

    mayday-nlmayday-nl11 days ago
    • That or a Jurassic World re theming for the Jurassic Park ride

      Jason PeacockJason Peacock10 days ago
  • I've been to museums. The dinosaur will keep working properly for 20 years. The exhibit will be retired in 50.

    Rick RubensteinRick Rubenstein11 days ago
  • Love love love to see these kinds of dinosaur animatronics, I would love to see if Adam could ever talk to the guys who worked on the Walking with dinosaurs stage show and those mobile life sized robots!

    Ann TanAnn Tan11 days ago
  • I get a feeling this is one of the last industries that still cares about maintainability and long-term use of their product

    EnnarEnnar11 days ago
    • T. rex would just eat the engineer who suggested planned obsolescence to her

      Smaakjeks KSmaakjeks K9 days ago

    Fisherman MatadorFisherman Matador11 days ago
  • 7:08 - Now mentally add the word "bowel" to this section. No need to thank me.

    RFC3514RFC351411 days ago
  • This Rex is 100% being made for the Jurassic World part of Disney parks! So cool

    Katy LeanneKaty Leanne11 days ago
    • Universal Parks

      Jason PeacockJason Peacock10 days ago
  • Took my kids to Dino Safari yesterday. An amazing experience! Had to wear my Jurassic Park shirt lol. Thanks Adam for giving us these behind the scenes looks at the industry

    Allan BeamAllan Beam11 days ago
  • Seriously, take the f* masks off and get on with your lives. You know you don't have covid and the chance of you or the other guy having it is like 1 in 3000. (CDCs numbers, not mine)

    Paul MichaudPaul Michaud12 days ago
  • With all the work, technology, and skilled people working, how much does one of these cost? Would be nice if you had included that.

    Eleusis Llanderal ArangoEleusis Llanderal Arango12 days ago
  • Right On! 👍 Absolutely incredible!!

    Right On With Jon CraneRight On With Jon Crane12 days ago
  • Adam does a great job of making people feel good about their work.

    Stephan DStephan D12 days ago
  • ...STOP with the damn masks, already! Not normal!

    Search4TruthRealitySearch4TruthReality12 days ago
  • man it would suck to be a robot and need this kind of constant maintenance on your body..

    Kairu HakubiKairu Hakubi12 days ago
  • As someone who designs machinery for a living, The simple fact that these guys are designing for a 20year lifespan on this machine is absolutely insane. It is exponentially more difficult a task than a 1 shot and done. I bet those electric actuators run over 20k a piece.

    Jeremy SawatzkyJeremy Sawatzky12 days ago
  • I'm amazed at how quiet it is, compared to hydraulic powered animatronics.

    surferdog666surferdog66612 days ago
  • this for ark2?

    Niko NissinenNiko Nissinen12 days ago
  • Cool. Hope you'll go back once it's been covered with skin

    Wilfredo DiazWilfredo Diaz13 days ago
  • huh? take the face diapers off.

    Emmas dadEmmas dad13 days ago
  • Adam ask them if it will do "Michigan J. Frog Hello, my baby song" LOL

    Jessica KanahoeJessica Kanahoe13 days ago
  • It kinda reminds me of a Watcher from Horizon Zero Dawn.

    Josh 015Josh 01513 days ago
  • Wait, clients? Where can I go and see one of these in action and working, I don't know there was a company that does this, if there is a company there must be robot dinosaurs somewhere and I have to see it!

    Eko JarEko Jar13 days ago
  • Reminds me of this thing I saw in Thailand a couple of years ago...

    Silas F. JohansenSilas F. Johansen13 days ago
  • Seen one of these at the Natural History Museum in London. I don't know if its these guys but it was still amazing and pulled huge crowds.

    James ChippettJames Chippett13 days ago
  • Adam and the Tested Crew are going back in 4 months right? We HAVE to see this fully skinned!!

    Ryan PeckRyan Peck13 days ago
  • I am surprised that using elastic members to counterbalance the loads an actuator must carry is used on something this large. 👍

    Jerico ParazoJerico Parazo13 days ago
  • Is this the Indominus Rex animatronic?

    Samuel LohSamuel Loh14 days ago
  • Great people can do great things together. Just Stunning!

    Sir Stab-a-LotSir Stab-a-Lot14 days ago
  • Some interesting engineering design choices there. How heavy is your framework?

    Avon PereraAvon Perera14 days ago
  • Watching this all i can think is Grant would have loved this.

    Rob GrahamRob Graham14 days ago
  • So, how long before we can have one just running around in a field, without a computer umbilical cord hanging off?

    Daniel AuenDaniel Auen14 days ago
  • All should be privileged to work with a guy like Cody... HECK YA BABY😅

    S160 2jayZeeS160 2jayZee14 days ago
  • That's just cool. Man, do I want to see the finished thing.

    CimCim14 days ago
  • That was amazing. Let's come back in 4 months and see the progress.

    DavidDavid14 days ago
  • As a Mechanical Engineer and Jurassic Park fan, watching the fluid motion of this machine is like listening to a symphony! 🎼 Absolutely beautiful!! Is Universal Studios the client for this?? I can't wait to go see it in person when it's finished.

    Melissa VanNessMelissa VanNess14 days ago
  • This is how Horizon Zero Dawn happens y’all.

    Charissa 's CrazyCharissa 's Crazy14 days ago
  • Regardless if I am 15 watching Mythbusters or almost 33 watching Tested, I still find myself saying, "That is so cool!" like a kid when watching Adam get excited about all the awesome stuff he gets to be around, play with and, work with.

    Ian MercaldiIan Mercaldi14 days ago
  • Besiede the very interesting Video. Just imagin in 5-10 Years, why are they wearing Mask? At least i hope thats what they think...

    Abraf KalifAbraf Kalif14 days ago
  • That is freaking amazing. Blown away.

    The DukeThe Duke15 days ago
  • WOW. What a show and tell. i had not expected the model to be able to move forward (presumably backwards someday too). I look forward to more video from the Animax Designs world. Keep up your adventures!

    Peter KelleyPeter Kelley15 days ago
  • So very cool!

    Scott MulrooneyScott Mulrooney15 days ago
  • Hand on the button is not just for a safety aspect... but also to stop further damage if it was to occur.

    wobbly saucewobbly sauce15 days ago
  • What do you do for a living? Make life sized, robotic dinosaurs.

    KnightsWithoutATableKnightsWithoutATable15 days ago
  • Animator reminds me of Ricky from tralier park boys

    Lets go! Adventure!!Lets go! Adventure!!15 days ago
  • well .. they sound like my job: you cannot just program something in a totally shoddy way and hope its never gonna break - the stuff you're creating needs to be accessible for others, too :) so, to me .. totally normal? :D

    medowuchamedowucha15 days ago
  • The flexible electrical cables have a braided copper conductor inside the special Kevlar housing. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a teflon insulation between the copper and the Kevlar.

    Mike BMike B15 days ago
  • IMPOSSIBLE to watch someone I used to admire for his mind propagate this absolute nonsense about masks. And for everyone out there that don't believe they work and STILL wear them... stop being cowards. You're only making it worse.

    Danny KyleDanny Kyle15 days ago
  • So impressed with the creation and movement! Very cool to watch!

    Kimberly GilesKimberly Giles15 days ago
  • i'd a good thing i'm not an engineer ... the kind of crazy shit i'd come up with ...

    SlCKB0YSlCKB0Y15 days ago
  • This is so freaking cool. Can't wait to see the whole thing finished!

    GLaDOS ApertureGLaDOS Aperture15 days ago
  • is this the Jurassic world : The exhibition t rex ?

    race freakrace freak15 days ago
    • No, that was done by Creature Technology Co.

      pfleerpfleer14 days ago
  • Beta

    PupinTheTurd IIIPupinTheTurd III15 days ago
  • wow

    Jesus von NazaretJesus von Nazaret15 days ago
  • Good boys, all wearing your muzzles. Good boys..

    GTfour01GTfour0115 days ago
  • These guys from Animax really know their stuff. The number of problems they are solving for is mind-blowing.

    Mark ReviewsMark Reviews15 days ago
  • Imagine it just pops off the mount and starts hurling towards them

    Mario VelezMario Velez15 days ago
  • Need Boston dynamics to get it to dance and do back flips!

    Greg GammonGreg Gammon15 days ago
  • OH GAWD Mr. Adam. Take off those STUPID masks !

    Mike LucidoMike Lucido15 days ago
  • Nice touch with the Side Mirror intro Adam.

    Owen K9Owen K915 days ago
  • So thrilled to see this content. It's just glorious. :)

    Making to LearnMaking to Learn15 days ago
  • Serious Horizon Zero Dawn vibes :)

    Richard AllsebrookRichard Allsebrook15 days ago
  • Imagine getting to play with that every every day!

    Richard AllsebrookRichard Allsebrook15 days ago
  • Astounding. Nice that we get to see this shop of wonders.

    Eliot BrownEliot Brown15 days ago
  • please more

    pullipittitipullipittiti15 days ago
  • I’m trying to ballpark the final cost of this in my head...It’s gotta be at least a million beans, surely, when you include the ‘labour’, so to speak? I’ve no idea what I’m talking about, I should add. 🙂

    Citizen of NowhereCitizen of Nowhere15 days ago
    • @Cody Ashworth More than several.

      Citizen of NowhereCitizen of Nowhere15 days ago
    • Lots of beans.

      Cody AshworthCody Ashworth15 days ago
  • You do so much for everyone that can see this.. although we can't work with what you have, you are inspiration

    Janko cz GamesJanko cz Games15 days ago
  • I think this one is going to the new Jurassic parks rollercoaster in universal islands in Orlando. Anyone know for sure?

    Pieter PossenierPieter Possenier15 days ago
    • Yes someone knows for sure

      Avon PereraAvon Perera14 days ago