(used with a singular verb) the technology connected with the use of electronics to animate puppets or other figures, as for motion pictures.

1975–80; blend of animate and electronics

animatronic, adjective Unabridged
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animatronics (ˌænɪməˈtrɒnɪks)
(functioning as singular) a branch of film and theatre technology that combines traditional puppetry techniques with electronics to create lifelike animated effects
[C20: from anima(tion) + (elec)tronics]

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All of the alien characters were done with actors, suits and animatronics, a fact that drew a cheer from the crowd.
Hours for the animatronics vary, so call ahead if you wish to see them.
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