Giant Baby at Shanghai Expo

by Mark R

I really wish I was Shanghaied right now, because there is a huge Expo going on. This is one of the exhibits there, a giant 21-foot baby.

Insert giant diaper-changing or breast feeding joke here. Seriously, this mammoth robot baby has been named Miguelin, and it is designed by a Spanish film director named Isabel Coixet, who is the human in the picture. She worked with an effects company known as Amalgamated Dynamics, which did the effects for such films like Alien vs. Predator.

Now, you are probably wondering why someone would build a giant baby. This is what my source says:

The gargantuan babe is part of a Spanish exhibition on Iberian cities based on the theme “From the City of Our Parents to the City of Our Children.” The theme of the $58 billion expo itself, which at 70 million expected visitors is to be the largest ever, is “Better city, better life.” It opens to the public Saturday for a six-month run.

The first two halls in the pavilion use numerous projectors to describe Spain’s ancient history and modern life. The third hall, home to Miguelin, represents the future: giant animatronic babies.

I will have to say that I admire the realism on this giant baby. Did I mention that it can move its head, eyes, and it can blink and breathe. Well, it can, and its face and feet look real enough to be used as an effect for the sequel to Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Not that you should make a sequel to that. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was bad enough.


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