Attention all parents: Disney, the company that wants to absorb all childhood happiness, both past and present, is planning to replace you with robots. Unsatisfied with the secondary love and attention they receive from controlling your favorite characters and cartoons, Disney means to spend quality time with the world’s children in an attempt to feel what it’s like to have a child of its own. (No, having subsidiaries like ABC and ESPN doesn’t count.)

Although the Mom-and-Pop-a-Tron 5000 isn’t ready to hit the street yet, Disney’s making serious progress. For example, the robotics experts at Disney’s lab in Pittsburgh have created a humanoid robot that can play a game of catch.

When I say “play a game of catch”, I don’t mean it an ultra-efficient robot kind of way. This guy can lob a ball to you and, when you throw it back, can find, register, and catch it. The robot uses a Kinect to sense and track the trajectory of an object thrown directly at it, adjusting so that it can catch it with one hand.

The creepy part? When the robot catches the ball, it looks down at its hand, as if it were tracking the ball with its eyes. If it misses the catch, the robot will react, looking around for the ball or shaking its head in dismay. The robot is very attentive: It has sensors to track and follow the direction of whomever it’s playing with, so it will turn and face its partner if they move out of the way.

This may not seem remarkable at first glance — most robots do things better than most people — begging the question: Why would you bother making it? The answer is, of course, that Disney means to get in on the time-honored American pastime of catch between parent and child.

This article originally published at Geekosystem

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/25/disney-robots-catch/

Mind = blown.

1. Doug‘s Doug Funnie and The Ren & Stimpy Show‘s Ren and Stimpy

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Voiced by: Billy West (although he only voiced Doug during the show’s run on Nickelodeon from 1991–94).

Fun fact: West is also best known for being the voice of Fry on Futurama.

2. Disney’s House of Mouse‘s Minnie Mouse and The Simpsons‘ Martin Prince

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Voiced by: Russi Taylor.

Fun facts: Taylor has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1988 (she is only the fourth person to do so). She has also provided the voice of such memorable characters like Gonzo on Muppet Babies, and Webby Vanderquack, Huey Duck, Dewey Duck, and Louie Duck on DuckTales, as well providing the voices of Üter, Sherri, and Terri on The Simpsons.

3. Tiny Toon Adventures‘ Buster Bunny and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters‘ Ickis

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Voiced by: Charlie Adler (although he only voiced Buster Bunny for the show’s first two seasons).

Fun facts: Adler, who began his voice-over career in 1984, has also voiced characters on ’80s classics Jem and G.I. Joe, as Eric Raymond and Low-Light, respectively, as well as providing additional voices for characters on ’90s cartoons such as Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Rocko’s Modern Life, Eek! the Cat, and Darkwing Duck.

4. The Simpsons‘ Bart Simpson and Kim Possible‘s Rufus

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Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright.

Fun fact: Cartwright also voiced spoiled-brat Pistol Pete on Goof Troop.

5. Muppet Babies‘ Animal and Bobby’s World‘s Bobby

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Voiced by: Howie Mandel.

Fun fact: Aside from Animal, Mandel also voiced Skeeter and Bunsen on Muppet Babies from 1984–85.

6. Goof Troop‘s Pete and Darkwing Duck‘s Drake Mallard/ Darkwing Duck


Voiced by: Jim Cummings.

Fun fact: Cummings also voiced characters on five other Disney Afternoon shows: DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Quack Pack, TaleSpin, and Bonkers.

7. Rocko’s Modern Life‘s Heffer Wolfe and SpongeBob SquarePants‘ SpongeBob

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Voiced by: Tom Kenny.

Fun fact: Kenny got the role of SpongeBob after meeting Steve Hillenburg — who would go on to create the show — while both were working together on Rocko’s Modern Life.

8. Futurama‘s Bender and Kim Possible‘s Dr. Drakken

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Voiced by: John DiMaggio.

Fun fact: DiMaggio is probably best known today as the voice of Jake the dog on Adventure Time.

9. Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers‘ Gadget Hackwrench and The Simpsons‘ Agnes Skinner

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Voiced by: Tress MacNeille.

Fun facts: Along with Agnes, MacNeille also does the voices of Simpsons recurring characters Cookie Kwan, Brandine Spuckler, Dolph, Lindsey Naegle, Bernice Hibbert, and the Crazy Cat Lady.

Other characters MacNeille has voiced include Dot Warner on Animaniacs, Babs Bunny on Tiny Toons, and Charlotte Pickles on Rugrats.

10. SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Mr. Krabs and Superman: The Animated Series‘ Lex Luther


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Voiced by: Clancy Brown.

Fun fact: Brown has lent his voice to various comic book–based animated series, including Justice League, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, and Wolverine and the X-Men.

11. The Smurfs‘ Papa Smurf and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!‘s Scooby-Doo

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Voiced by: Don Messick.

Fun facts: Aside from originating the voice of Papa Smurf and Scooby-Doo, Messick also provided the voice of Bamm-Bamm Rubble on The Flintstones, Boo-Boo Bear on The Yogi Bear Show, and Hamilton J. Pig on Tiny Toons.

12. Rugrats‘ Tommy Pickles and The Powerpuff Girls‘ Buttercup


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Voiced by: E.G. Daily.

Fun fact: Daily took over the role of Babe in Babe: Pig in the City, from her Rugrats’ co-star, the late Christine Cavanaugh (who voiced Chuckie), who was the voice of Babe in the first film.

13. The Real Ghostbusters‘ Egon Spengler and Animaniacs‘ the Brain

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Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche.

Fun fact: LaMarche went on to voice Kif Kroker on Futurama.

14. Animaniacs‘ Pinky and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ Raphael

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Voiced by: Rob Paulsen.

Fun fact: Paulson also voiced Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff on Animaniacs.

15. Darkwing Duck‘s Megavolt / Elmo Sputterspark and The Simpsons‘ Homer Simpson

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Voiced by: Dan Castellaneta.

Fun facts: Castellaneta might be synonymously known as the voice of Homer Simpson, but, in reality, he has actually had a rather extensive voice-over career. He has voiced characters such as Arnold’s Grandpa Phil on Hey Arnold!, Earthworm Jim on Earthworm Jim, and the Genie in Aladdin (the TV series).

16. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!‘s Fred Jones and Transformers‘ Megatron

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Voiced by: Frank Welker.

Fun fact: Welker was the original voice for the character of Fred and, since 1969, has continued to play him in almost every animated adaptation and reboot of the series.

17. The Flintstones‘ Barney Rubble and Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats‘ Heathcliff

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Voiced by: Mel Blanc.

Fun fact: Known as “The Man of 1,000 Voices,” Blanc was literally the voice of almost every single classic cartoon character, including Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, and of course, Bugs Bunny, whom he continued to voice up until his death in 1989.

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Make franchise blockbusters or do not make franchise blockbusters, there is no try. And Willow Bay, wife of Bob Iger, gave a fitting tribute last night to what really makes Hollywood tick.

1. Disney might be the world’s biggest entertainment company, but its only Oscar wins this year were for Big Hero 6 and Feast, two animated film awards.

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2. But that didn’t stop Disney CEO Bob Iger and his wife, Willow Bay, from showing up to the industry’s biggest night.

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3. Hang on a second. Let’s back things up.

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4. Yes, an elderly Jedi master that is. Willow Bay, former model and TV reporter and current director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, rocked Yoda at the Oscars.

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5. While the entire Star Wars series has gotten plenty of Oscar love — 22 nominations, seven wins, and three special technical awards — big-budget franchise films tend to win more in box offices than in Best Picture or Best Directing Oscars.


6. Those kind of “tentpole” smash hits, which have become Disney’s bread and butter, were even mocked in the opening act of the Oscars ceremony, with Jack Black scorning studios “pitching tents for tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks.”

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Jack Black, on stage at the Oscars on Sunday night.

8. But the entire Star Wars franchise — the old movies, the rights to make new ones, the TV shows, video games — is worth far more than a few statues. Disney bought Lucasfilm, the home of Star Wars, in 2012 for $4 billion.

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9. Just for comparison, Lucasfilm’s $4.05 billion pricetag is just a bit less than the $4.5 billion market capitalization of the independent studio Lionsgate.

10. And now Disney is making a whole new Star Wars trilogy along with several stand-alone films. Episode VII is scheduled to be released later this year.


11. So despite the Academy success of Birdman, which was based on an original screenplay and is not part of widely beloved franchise or comic book series, it’s the franchises and sequels that dominate the business of Hollywood.

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12. And nobody knows the importance of franchises better than Bob Iger and Willow Bay. As far as Iger’s shareholders are concerned, the Force is strong with this one. Do or do not…

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1. Robert Schwartzman as Michael Moscovitz

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Since The Princess Diaries, Schwartzman has acted in a few shorts, but he’s more known for being the lead singer-songwriter of the band Rooney. Additionally, Schwartzman’s written songs for films such as Palo Alto, Bad Teacher, and Nancy Drew. His solo album, Double Capricorn, is available for digital download here, with all proceeds donated to the Tibetan Healing Fund.

2. Erik von Detten as Josh Bryant

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After the success of The Princess Diaries, von Detten guest-starred on shows such as Law & Order: SVU, Charmed, and Bones. He was also a lead on the short-lived TV show Complete Savages, and his last acting credit was as the voice of Sid in Toy Story 3.

3. Patrick John Flueger as Jeremiah Hart

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The Princess Diaries was Flueger’s first film role, and he’s gone on to guest-star on shows such as CSI: Miami, Law & Order: SVU, and Criminal Minds. He was part of the sci-fi TV show The 4400 and now plays rookie cop Adam Ruzek on Chicago P.D. He also has a couple of films coming out later this year.

4. Hector Elizondo as Joe

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Elizondo’s been in numerous film and TV productions since The Princess Diaries. Some of these include Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and The Book of Life. (He’s actually been in every one of director Garry Marshall’s films.) Elizondo also played recurring characters on Cane, Monk, and Grey’s Anatomy. His newest project, Max & Me, will premiere in 2016.

5. Sean O’Bryan as Teacher Patrick O’Connell

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O’Bryan’s guest-starred on shows such as NCIS, Cold Case, and Dexter. In 2010, he was part of the short-lived TV show Persons Unknown. More recently, O’Bryan acted in New Year’s Eve and Olympus Has Fallen. He is currently filming two different movies, London Has Fallen and The Fix, both of which are set to premiere in 2015.

6. Larry Miller as Hairdresser Paolo

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Miller’s had recurring roles on shows such as My Wife and Kids and 8 Simple Rules. Back in 2009, he was part of the short-lived TV show 10 Things I Hate About You, based on the film of the same name (in which he also had a role). He has three films coming out in the next couple of years, and he’s also performing stand-up. Unfortunately, Miller isn’t touring at the moment, but you can check and see when he’ll start up again here.

7. John Rhys-Davies as Viscount Mabrey

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Rhys-Davies lent his voice to the iconic Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as LOTR-themed video games. He was also the voice of the villain ManRay from SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2014, Rhys-Davies voiced Grand Pabbie on Once Upon a Time. He has several film and TV projects premiering in 2015, including The Shannara Chronicles and The Cove.

8. Callum Blue as Andrew Jacoby

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British-born Blue went on to act in Dead Like Me, The Tudors, Smallville, and Royal Pains. In 2012, he starred in Book Club, a web series for bibliophiles. Blue has two thrillers coming out in 2015, Dartmoor Killing and The Cove, alongside his The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement co-star, John Rhys-Davies.

9. Chris Pine as Nicholas Devereaux

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Since The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Pine has become a household name. He’s starred as Kirk in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. More recently, he can be seen in Into the Woods and Horrible Bosses 2. His fans call themselves “Pine-Nuts,” and created this fansite back in 2007. Look for Pine in the TV show Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp coming out later this year, and Star Trek 3 in 2016.

10. It’s been 14 years since the first film — still looking good, gents!

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Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band and Dance Central, announced its plans to team with Disney to release a Kinect-based game based on the 1940s animated classic Fantasia.

In Fantasia: Music Evolved, players will be able to control the tempo, speed and other aspects of popular songs by artists like Avicii, Bruno Mars, Queen, Kimbra and Fun. The gameplay will be entirely hands-free and focus on the Kinect.

In the trailer released Tuesday morning, young people waved their hands in different directions, presumably influencing the music. Players will participate in different worlds picked by Fantasia‘s famous sorcerer Yen Sid, according to press release from Harmonix.

Fantasia: Music Evolved will operate on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Xbox One will boast a significantly improved Kinect — so it will be interesting to see how each version has adapted to the hardware.

The game won’t be released until 2014, but is on display at the Disney Interactive booth at E3 next week.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/06/04/fantasia-harmonix-disney/