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

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
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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested10 days ago

    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!

  2. RR Extra

    RR Extra2 days ago

    Dinosaurs never existed.. Make a video about that.

  3. Johnny Baylor

    Johnny Baylor5 days ago

    awesome site! doesn't look too fancy but it really worked :P

  4. Rohan Benjamin

    Rohan Benjamin5 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 ;)

  5. VanDLiszt

    VanDLiszt9 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?

  6. Ernesto Manuel Colon Jr

    Ernesto Manuel Colon Jr9 days ago


  7. Wolfsmilch Schlürfer

    Wolfsmilch Schlürfer7 hours ago

    Farting dinosaurs is something I will think about the next few days...

  8. Lyle Slaton

    Lyle Slaton16 hours ago

    Just found my first purchase when I win the lottery!

  9. GamerDeck Ryke

    GamerDeck RykeDay ago

    This is amazing

  10. fausto gimenez

    fausto gimenezDay ago

    Subtitulo en español

  11. TorQueMoD

    TorQueMoD2 days ago

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

  12. Matthew Szostek

    Matthew Szostek2 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.

  13. Smaakjeks K

    Smaakjeks K3 days ago

    Why do my eyes keep tearing up throughout this video??

  14. hyperfisk

    hyperfisk3 days ago

    As an animator, I now have a new dream. These rigs must be fun to play with!

  15. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth2 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.

  16. hyperfisk

    hyperfisk3 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.

  17. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth3 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.

  18. Brettr o

    Brettr o3 days ago

    Does anyone know where this is going to?

  19. Desiree Walker

    Desiree Walker3 days ago

    Seeing this thing to scale, I have to wonder how it gets sent off to the clients

  20. Paul Stokes

    Paul Stokes3 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?

  21. Paul Stokes

    Paul Stokes3 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"?

  22. rockerojuan

    rockerojuan4 days ago

    This legitimately reminds me of Reptar from the Rugrats The Movie

  23. Hannah Rosser

    Hannah Rosser4 days ago

    Where is this going? Where can it be seen irl?

  24. Nabikon

    Nabikon4 days ago

    Watching stuff like this makes me realize how dumb I actually am 😆


    THÉIA ROB4 days ago

    animatronic its my pet

  26. Indy Jacksteit

    Indy Jacksteit4 days ago

    you better go back when she has a skin

  27. Kalevipoeg

    Kalevipoeg4 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!

  28. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth3 days ago

    Also this finalized will totally scratch that itch for you!

  29. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth3 days ago

    I think that was Stan Winston Studios.

  30. MsSaudm

    MsSaudm4 days ago

    TAKE THE MASKS OFF you look stupid

  31. mayday-nl

    mayday-nl4 days ago

    This has to be for velocicoaster at islands of adventure.

  32. Jason Peacock

    Jason Peacock3 days ago

    That or a Jurassic World re theming for the Jurassic Park ride

  33. Rick Rubenstein

    Rick Rubenstein4 days ago

    I've been to museums. The dinosaur will keep working properly for 20 years. The exhibit will be retired in 50.

  34. Ann Tan

    Ann Tan4 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!

  35. Ennar

    Ennar4 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

  36. Smaakjeks K

    Smaakjeks K3 days ago

    T. rex would just eat the engineer who suggested planned obsolescence to her

  37. Fisherman Matador

    Fisherman Matador5 days ago


  38. RFC3514

    RFC35145 days ago

    7:08 - Now mentally add the word "bowel" to this section. No need to thank me.

  39. Katy Leanne

    Katy Leanne5 days ago

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

  40. Jason Peacock

    Jason Peacock3 days ago

    Universal Parks

  41. Allan Beam

    Allan Beam5 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

  42. Paul Michaud

    Paul Michaud5 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)

  43. Eleusis Llanderal Arango

    Eleusis Llanderal Arango5 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.

  44. Right On With Jon Crane

    Right On With Jon Crane5 days ago

    Right On! 👍 Absolutely incredible!!

  45. Stephan D

    Stephan D5 days ago

    Adam does a great job of making people feel good about their work.

  46. Search4TruthReality

    Search4TruthReality5 days ago

    ...STOP with the damn masks, already! Not normal!

  47. Kairu Hakubi

    Kairu Hakubi5 days ago

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

  48. Jeremy Sawatzky

    Jeremy Sawatzky5 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.

  49. surferdog666

    surferdog6665 days ago

    I'm amazed at how quiet it is, compared to hydraulic powered animatronics.

  50. Niko Nissinen

    Niko Nissinen6 days ago

    this for ark2?

  51. Wilfredo Diaz

    Wilfredo Diaz6 days ago

    Cool. Hope you'll go back once it's been covered with skin

  52. Emmas dad

    Emmas dad6 days ago

    huh? take the face diapers off.

  53. Jessica Kanahoe

    Jessica Kanahoe6 days ago

    Adam ask them if it will do "Michigan J. Frog Hello, my baby song" LOL

  54. Josh 015

    Josh 0156 days ago

    It kinda reminds me of a Watcher from Horizon Zero Dawn.

  55. Eko Jar

    Eko Jar6 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!

  56. Silas F. Johansen

    Silas F. Johansen6 days ago

    Reminds me of this thing I saw in Thailand a couple of years ago...

  57. James Chippett

    James Chippett7 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.

  58. Ryan Peck

    Ryan Peck7 days ago

    Adam and the Tested Crew are going back in 4 months right? We HAVE to see this fully skinned!!

  59. Jerico Parazo

    Jerico Parazo7 days ago

    I am surprised that using elastic members to counterbalance the loads an actuator must carry is used on something this large. 👍

  60. Samuel Loh

    Samuel Loh7 days ago

    Is this the Indominus Rex animatronic?

  61. Sir Stab-a-Lot

    Sir Stab-a-Lot7 days ago

    Great people can do great things together. Just Stunning!

  62. Avon Perera

    Avon Perera7 days ago

    Some interesting engineering design choices there. How heavy is your framework?

  63. Rob Graham

    Rob Graham7 days ago

    Watching this all i can think is Grant would have loved this.

  64. Daniel Auen

    Daniel Auen7 days ago

    So, how long before we can have one just running around in a field, without a computer umbilical cord hanging off?

  65. S160 2jayZee

    S160 2jayZee7 days ago

    All should be privileged to work with a guy like Cody... HECK YA BABY😅

  66. Cim

    Cim7 days ago

    That's just cool. Man, do I want to see the finished thing.

  67. David

    David7 days ago

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

  68. Melissa VanNess

    Melissa VanNess7 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.

  69. Charissa 's Crazy

    Charissa 's Crazy7 days ago

    This is how Horizon Zero Dawn happens y’all.

  70. Ian Mercaldi

    Ian Mercaldi8 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.

  71. Abraf Kalif

    Abraf Kalif8 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...

  72. The Duke

    The Duke8 days ago

    That is freaking amazing. Blown away.

  73. Peter Kelley

    Peter Kelley8 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!

  74. Scott Mulrooney

    Scott Mulrooney8 days ago

    So very cool!

  75. wobbly sauce

    wobbly sauce8 days ago

    Hand on the button is not just for a safety aspect... but also to stop further damage if it was to occur.

  76. KnightsWithoutATable

    KnightsWithoutATable8 days ago

    What do you do for a living? Make life sized, robotic dinosaurs.

  77. Lets go! Adventure!!

    Lets go! Adventure!!8 days ago

    Animator reminds me of Ricky from tralier park boys

  78. medowucha

    medowucha8 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

  79. Mike B

    Mike B8 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.

  80. Danny Kyle

    Danny Kyle8 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.

  81. Kimberly Giles

    Kimberly Giles8 days ago

    So impressed with the creation and movement! Very cool to watch!

  82. SlCKB0Y

    SlCKB0Y8 days ago

    i'd a good thing i'm not an engineer ... the kind of crazy shit i'd come up with ...

  83. GLaDOS Aperture

    GLaDOS Aperture8 days ago

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

  84. race freak

    race freak8 days ago

    is this the Jurassic world : The exhibition t rex ?

  85. pfleer

    pfleer7 days ago

    No, that was done by Creature Technology Co.

  86. PupinTheTurd III

    PupinTheTurd III8 days ago


  87. Jesus von Nazaret

    Jesus von Nazaret8 days ago


  88. GTfour01

    GTfour018 days ago

    Good boys, all wearing your muzzles. Good boys..

  89. Mark Reviews

    Mark Reviews8 days ago

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

  90. Mario Velez

    Mario Velez8 days ago

    Imagine it just pops off the mount and starts hurling towards them

  91. Greg Gammon

    Greg Gammon8 days ago

    Need Boston dynamics to get it to dance and do back flips!

  92. Mike Lucido

    Mike Lucido8 days ago

    OH GAWD Mr. Adam. Take off those STUPID masks !

  93. Owen K9

    Owen K98 days ago

    Nice touch with the Side Mirror intro Adam.

  94. Making to Learn

    Making to Learn9 days ago

    So thrilled to see this content. It's just glorious. :)

  95. Richard Allsebrook

    Richard Allsebrook9 days ago

    Serious Horizon Zero Dawn vibes :)

  96. Richard Allsebrook

    Richard Allsebrook9 days ago

    Imagine getting to play with that every every day!

  97. Eliot Brown

    Eliot Brown9 days ago

    Astounding. Nice that we get to see this shop of wonders.

  98. pullipittiti

    pullipittiti9 days ago

    please more

  99. Citizen of Nowhere

    Citizen of Nowhere9 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. 🙂

  100. Citizen of Nowhere

    Citizen of Nowhere9 days ago

    @Cody Ashworth More than several.

  101. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth9 days ago

    Lots of beans.

  102. Janko cz Games

    Janko cz Games9 days ago

    You do so much for everyone that can see this.. although we can't work with what you have, you are inspiration

  103. Pieter Possenier

    Pieter Possenier9 days ago

    I think this one is going to the new Jurassic parks rollercoaster in universal islands in Orlando. Anyone know for sure?

  104. Avon Perera

    Avon Perera7 days ago

    Yes someone knows for sure

  105. Skillful Man

    Skillful Man9 days ago


  106. cherryeyes71

    cherryeyes719 days ago

    Nope not gonna watch masked humans.

  107. Peter Kelley

    Peter Kelley8 days ago

    Then you can go someplace else.!

  108. Microponics

    Microponics9 days ago

    I can't understand anything they're saying the fucking masks need redesigned so I can hear what you're saying. There are some WAY better 3d printed masks so we can understand what you are sssssssrwtalkingsa sssswabouta. sssspppphhhhhthanks

  109. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth9 days ago

    Is there anything I can help you better understand? I would hate for you to have missed anything.

  110. Eighth Gate

    Eighth Gate9 days ago

    Why don’t you do something that’s beneficial to mankind?

  111. Eighth Gate

    Eighth Gate8 days ago

    @Peter Kelley You mean the tea Rex is that used to work with man in the Bible?

  112. Peter Kelley

    Peter Kelley8 days ago

    They probably are by better understanding the movements of a T-Rex.

  113. Beefalo Bart

    Beefalo Bart9 days ago

    Must see this when its completed.

  114. MrPossumeyes

    MrPossumeyes9 days ago

    Cool!! I wonder.... might they include a Real Time control system so Rex could take a look across all the kids lined up at the security barrier, pick one out and move over to give him or her an "Are you tasty?" look? That would be so cool (and scary!) for the kids and their Mums (Dad would be like "It's a machine, it's a machine, keep still" as a mouse.

  115. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth9 days ago

    This rig can do exactly that! If you are familiar with the workflow of animators using Maya software for many of the feature films out today then you know how I do what I do. We animate in the traditional sense. The rig is my pencil I created and I tell it exactly what to do and timing is everything!

  116. Monkeybar Monkeyman

    Monkeybar Monkeyman9 days ago

    Movement speed just doesn't seem realistic. At 1.25 speed, it seems a bit more real. Setting to 1.5 seems a bit more accurate.

  117. Monkeybar Monkeyman

    Monkeybar Monkeyman9 days ago

    @Cody Ashworth Fair enough. Look forward to update video.

  118. Cody Ashworth

    Cody Ashworth9 days ago

    Trust me. This thing is tuned to move now. As I've stated in previous comments this was four months ago and testing just started.

  119. Blue Maca

    Blue Maca9 days ago

    12:45 Dude sounds like Wolowitz lol

  120. Mitsuma's Animation and Stuff

    Mitsuma's Animation and Stuff9 days ago

    I wonder how much one of those actuators costs, let alone 22 of them. Electrical actuators are quite expensive, let alone some rated for this speed/strength and size.

  121. Citizen of Nowhere

    Citizen of Nowhere9 days ago

    Yeah, and they were all about the budget constraints. You can see why. But what a thing! Serious engineering achievement, that.

  122. Alex Albert

    Alex Albert9 days ago

    This just remember me, waiting Jurassic World III!!!

  123. Jelle

    Jelle9 days ago

    All these dino projects need MORE FEATHERS!!!

  124. SuBasco Sauce

    SuBasco Sauce9 days ago

    Amazing engineering and creativity at its finest here.

  125. N P

    N P9 days ago

    We're gonna need a bigger fence...