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Xenomorph
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« on: 04-23-2002 12:24 »

He just has light-bulb-like things jammed in his head for eyes, how do they show emotion?
Nixorbo

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« Reply #1 on: 04-23-2002 12:25 »
« Last Edit on: 04-23-2002 12:25 »

The magic of animation

Move -> Weird scenes
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #2 on: 04-23-2002 13:52 »

In "The Honking" they went all bloodshot. I don't understand that, anyone have a logical reason other than wizard?
Lesotho_Leela

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« Reply #3 on: 04-23-2002 13:57 »

LEDs: Light emmiting dioded. Maybe his eyes are lined with them to show when he is tired or sobre....
Kryten

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« Reply #4 on: 04-23-2002 14:57 »

I bet they're equipped with a color LCD display on the interior.

(Translation: Wizard.)
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #5 on: 04-23-2002 15:14 »

They're also bloodshot in Godfellas when he's trying to SLEEP, and attached fake EARS to his head to hold the EARPLUGS he wants to wear. It's a CARTOON.
Xenomorph
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« Reply #6 on: 04-23-2002 15:22 »

Then you might as well remove this forum.
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« Reply #7 on: 04-23-2002 19:07 »

That's my vote
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« Reply #8 on: 04-23-2002 20:43 »

I like the way his eyes are when he was sad. Cute  love

TSN-Bot
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« Reply #9 on: 04-23-2002 22:45 »

without his eyes doing stuff Bender would have no emotion on his face at all, so Mom's friendly robot company made him that way.

or maybe it's a cartoon.
meisterPOOP

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« Reply #10 on: 04-23-2002 23:35 »

They pop out of his head when he's aroused.
Just Chris

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« Reply #11 on: 04-23-2002 23:37 »

Hey, robots are built with the human body in mind. After all, they are invented by humans.

Bender's "shade" slides down halfway to look indifferent. I think that's a cool look.
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« Reply #12 on: 04-24-2002 02:32 »
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Originally posted by Xenomorph:
Then you might as well remove this forum.

Sorries, I was feeling extra-bitchitudinal this morning.

Anyway, because there are robots, but few or no androids despite the fact that the technology obviously exists to make them, there must be some social "issue" with robots being too lifelike/humanlike. However, people still like to relate to things that they interact with--especially things that talk back, and threaten and rob them.

Bender's eyes appear to be simple frosted glass tubes at times, but obviously they must contain focusing devices, or else they wouldn't require "extension" to see better. However, the pupils and "lids" which give Bender his "expressions" are probably just images for the sake of human-robot interaction. The "lids" serve no other purpose; he has the shield that comes down when he goes offline.

The "lids" also do not appear when the entire eye is removed, so they're either internally-projected within the eye or part of that "black area" inside his visor.

Howzdat?
B.Frankendorfer

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« Reply #13 on: 04-24-2002 23:24 »

Magic, got it.
Gocad

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« Reply #14 on: 04-25-2002 12:26 »

Wait a second. Bender is a robot, robots don't have any emotions (unless they have a emotion chip installed), so why should his eyes indicate something he does not have anyway. Did I miss something here?
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #15 on: 04-25-2002 16:09 »

Evidently, you have. Bender, in spite of his declaration to the contrary, has had emotional responses from the start. In fact, they make a joke of this in one of the Anthology of Interest episodes.

(Paraphrasing)
BENDER: "As a robot, I lack human emotions, and that makes me very sad..."
FARNSWORTH: "Oh, Lordy loo, there he goes again!!"
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« Reply #16 on: 04-25-2002 18:55 »
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And I've never seen an emotionless being break down and cry like he has in various episodes, most recently in 30% Iron Chef.
Gocad

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« Reply #17 on: 04-26-2002 04:36 »
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Hmmm ... still, it sounds like a Paradox to me ... uh-oh! NO, WAIT! 
BOOM! (head explodes)
Lesotho_Leela

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« Reply #18 on: 04-26-2002 10:56 »

I like paradoxes. I like irony too.

Like in England there was a news article that the Flames disco had burned down. I laughed for ages...
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« Reply #19 on: 05-10-2002 17:47 »

Bender:"Bite my shiny metal ass!" his first words already were kind of emotional, he is the most emotional "thing" out there...
foxvomit

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« Reply #20 on: 05-19-2002 20:51 »

Matt Groening uses square pupils for robots so they don't appear human.
Torquemada

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« Reply #21 on: 05-19-2002 23:13 »

Bloodshot eyes are easy. The eyes are translucent with little capillaries running through them, red fluid is pumped through them when Bender is tired or hung under (lacking in alcohol), obviously as part of some photosynthetic purification procedure. Do you people have no disbelief suspenders?
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #22 on: 05-20-2002 05:02 »

Mine keep snapping off and hitting me in the eye, and give me wedgies.
Citizen77

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« Reply #23 on: 05-22-2002 08:04 »

Oh really foxvomit? Look at Calculon's Eyes.
No square pupils there.   big grin
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #24 on: 05-22-2002 08:22 »

That's funny--I just took a peek at the frame grabs from That's Lobstertainment over at CGEF and they look pretty square to me.

Sometimes the animators drew the pupils big--sometimes freaking HUGE--and sometimes perfectly square, and sometimes as a semi-rounded square like a boullion cube--but Calculon, being a minor character, doesn't get half as many close-ups as Bender, and at a distance it's hard to tell...

If Calculon's pupes WERE round, I would chalk it up to cosmetic robo-surgery, or an upcoming storyline:

"Lies! All lies! I...was human once. As human as you, Fry...or you, Leela...or--well, more than you, Bender..."
--Calculon in The Honking II: I Was A Teen-Age Human!
 
Ben

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« Reply #25 on: 05-22-2002 08:29 »

You should write that.
Binder

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« Reply #26 on: 07-15-2002 13:53 »

When bender is surprised or mad he's looking up so his mouth is down-turned and his eyes are either wide opened (surprised) or frowning (mad).
When he's sad I noticed he is looking down but the angle his mouth is at is up-turned so he sorta looks happy.
I guess the animators can only make his mouth "move" by changing the angle we see.
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