Promote Wednesdaya reboot of the addams family, Netflix commissioned an animatronic version of the Thing, the intelligent hand. This animatronic hand appeared in a strange promotional video, where it trotted through New York spreading joy and fear. And now, Props to History has a behind-the-scenes look at his creation.
The animatronic Thing is quite complex. He can walk on his toes, lean to the side, and twist his wrist to “look” at people. It’s remote controlled, like a hideous RC car, and contains various types of silicone to mimic the look of human flesh. (Interestingly, the fingers use a dense silicone to reduce wear.)
But the animatronic hand was not designed in-house. Instead, Netflix contacted Raptor House Effects (RHFX) and commissioned the robot. The video above, from Props to History, includes an interview with RHFX’s Jesse Velez, who shows off various prototypes of the animatronic Thing and explains how it works.
To be clear, Netflix does not use the animatronic Thing in its Wednesday Serie. It simply uses an actor, whose body and is digitally removed from the scenes. I’m not sure why Netflix commissioned an animatronic just for a promotional video, but the video is funny so I’m not complaining.
The new Wednesday The series is now available on Netflix. As the title implies, it focuses on Wednesday Addams, rather than the entire Addams Family (although they do get some screen time on this show).
Source: Props to History via Make Magazine