Bongo The Animatronic Gorilla
Styled after the African mountain gorilla, Bongo has 2 head options. The non-animatronic “Stunt” head suitable for higher impact or distant shots has basic jaw movement. The animatronic “Closeup” head has 8 servos which move the eyes L/R, blink, eyebrows, mouth open/close and 4 way lip snarl. There are 2 arm options- Gloved hands allow grasping objects while arm extensions allow walking on all-fours.
Bongo is an intensive suit which requires a dedicated team of 3 to properly assemble and operate. The suit does not have an internal cooling system so adequate on-set cooling & ventilation is required at all times while in-suit.
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