"Robots in Popular Culture"
a concept by: Rick Newman - HighTechScience.org



B9 Huey Dewie Louie R2D2 C3PO T2    Cylon Maria

    A Mobile or Permanent "Robot" exhibit would be the largest of it’s kind in the United States and possibly even the world. It would attract fans young & old from all over and be used in conjunction with hosting robotic competitions. The robots could be programmed to say original movie lines as well as custom written material. They could interact with guests via motion sensors, manual push buttons or both.

Several additional robots might be added to the display depending on availability.

Robots and their Claims to Fame

    This 8 foot tall robot co-starred with Michael Rennie in the classic 1951 film "The Day the Earth Stood Still". The movie is about an alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) who land their spacecraft on Earth. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations.

Robby the Robot
Robby the Robot
    Was first seen in the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet" with co-stars Walter Pigeon, Ann Francis and Leslie Neilson. He went on to star in various TV shows, movies and commercials. Robby  was made for MGM Studios in 1955 for the movie "Forbidden Planet" at a cost of $125,000.00. 

     In 2004, Robby the Robot was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame.

     In 2005 he appeared along with the B9 (Lost in Space robot) in a television commercial for an Australian bank.

B9 "Lost in Space Robot"
    The "Robot" from the TV show "Lost in Space" is one of the most famous of all times. Bob May, actor inside the robot suit has visited the SFSM on two occasions and personally autographed HighTechScience.org's B9.

    In 1960, the "Lost in Space" Robot cost the TV Studio $75,000 to create and weighs upwards of 200 pounds; 2 Robot suits were created for the show. For the first three episodes, movement was accomplished by an actor Bob May) walking inside the Robot. This became too difficult, so whenever a scene required movement, Bob May would carry the upper portion of the Robot on his back and the director would shoot the action from the Robot's legs up.

Huey, Dewie & Louie
Huey, Dewie & Louie
Huey, Dewie & Louie
    aka Drone #1, 2 & 3, these cute little guys appeared in the 1972 science fiction film "Silent Running"  starring Bruce Dern.

       R2D2 C3PO
R2D2             C3PO
    Both of these robots have appeared in all of George Lucas "Star Wars" movies, specials, cartoons, etc.

    The "T2" endoskeleton is from the "Terminator" series of movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    The arch enemy of mankind in the original 1978 and the current TV series "Battlestar Galactica".

    Maria starred in the futuristic 1927 silent film "Metropolis". It was created by the Austrian director Fritz Lang and was produced in Germany in the Babelsberg Studios. It was the most expensive silent film of the time, costing approximately 7 million Reichsmark (equivalent to around $200 million).

Please note: The actual robots will NOT be displayed with any weaponry. The picture of the "Cylon" above is only for this presentation and will not be holding a rifle in the actual exhibit.

Original Concepts by Rick Newman

Mini FX Theater New Now Next Exhibit
Virtual Game Show Digital Theater
Robot Competitions for All Ages
Robotic Informational Consultant (R.I.C.)

* These are original concepts from Rick Newman / HighTechScience.org / High-TechProductions.com
They may NOT be used for any reason without the express written consent of Rick Newman.

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