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Turtle Talk with Crush is an interactive attraction that has appeared at several of the Disney theme parks. It first opened on November 16, 2004 at "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" pavilion at Epcot, and was duplicated at Disney California Adventure in July 2005. The attraction was open in Hong Kong Disneyland from May 24 to August 10, 2008 as part of the "Nonstop Summer Fun" celebration. The attraction opened in Tokyo DisneySea on October 1, 2009.

Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with Pixar, the attraction consists of an improvisational, real-time conversation with Crush, the animated sea turtle character from the Disney·Pixar film Finding Nemo.

A similar version is also featured in the "Animator's Palate" restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships operated by Disney Cruise Line. In addition, another Turtle Talk with Crush unit was donated to the new CHOC Bill Holmes Hospital by Walt Disney Imagineering during early 2013 to entertain the child patients and their siblings. This was the first attraction created by Imagineering to be placed in a non-Disney environment, but is operating twice a day by volunteering Cast Members. It was featured in the advertisement for the new "Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage" submarine-shaped tour in 2007 before the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opened to the public in 2007.

Attraction description

Guests are admitted to a movie theater-like room featuring what appears to be a large aquarium-style window opening onto an undersea vista. Children are encouraged to sit on a carpeted area up front so that they may have a better view, while parents and other adults sit on benches behind them. The host and moderator gives a brief introduction to the show, and then Crush swims down to appear in the window. Crush looks and sounds much as he does in Finding Nemo, complete with animated facial expressions and subtle gestures. With the help of the moderator, Crush selects children and adults from the audience and engages them individually in dialogue, asking them questions and responding with quick wit and humor to questions about his life as a sea turtle or any other questions guests choose to ask.

Other events may occur during this improvised conversation, including cameo appearances by other characters from the original film. Though the format, structure and rough duration of the show are consistent, the show itself varies considerably depending on the guests' questions and comments.

Technology

The show is a cutting-edge blend of sophisticated computer graphic techniques, image projection, and live, interactive, quick-witted improvisation.

The "Window to the Pacific" is in reality a large rear-projection screen portraying an animated undersea environment. The image of Crush is a digital puppet controlled by a backstage actor/puppeteer whose performance is translated in real time into 3D computer animation. Crush's movements and voice-activated lip synch are rendered on the fly and are projected at 60 frames per second, so that the turtle's mouth moves in synchronization with the actor's words. Sophisticated digital puppetry techniques allow the puppeteer's movements to control the body motions of the projected turtle, enabling Crush to maneuver about naturalistically with real-time human control. This breakthrough technology enables every show to be different than the one before as Crush responds uniquely to each individual audience.

Thanks to a system of hidden cameras, the invisible actor is able to see the audience with whom he is interacting, and thus refer to the specific appearance and behavior of particular questioners, as well as their location in the theatre. The actor's performance is a combination of semi-scripted banter and improvised responses to the guests' questions and comments, delivered in a mimicry of the character voice from the film (originally performed by Andrew Stanton).

See also

References


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Epcot
Future World

Spaceship Earth | Universe of Energy Pavilion | Ellen's Energy Adventure | Mission: SPACE | Test Track | Innoventions | The Seas with Nemo & Friends | Turtle Talk with Crush | The Land | Soarin' | Living with the Land | Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | Journey into Imagination with Figment | Captain EO | ImageWorks: The What-If Labs

World Showcase

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure | Mexico Pavilion | Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros | Norway Pavilion | China Pavilion | Reflections of China | Germany Pavilion | Italy Pavilion | The American Adventure | Japan Pavilion | Morocco Pavilion | France Pavilion | International Gateway | United Kingdom Pavilion | Canada Pavilion | O Canada! | IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth | Frozen Ever After

Resorts

Disney's Yacht Club Resort | Disney's Beach Club Resort & Villas | Disney's BoardWalk Inn | Disney's BoardWalk Villas | Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Former Attractions

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Horizons | World of Motion | Wonders of Life | Body Wars | Cranium Command | Journey into Your Imagination | Universe of Energy | Upstairs Image Works | CommuniCore | IllumiNations 25 | Symbiosis | IllumiNations | Goofy About Health | Magic Journeys | Journey into Imagination | Tapestry of Nations | Kitchen Kabaret | The Making of Me | Wonders of China | Maelstrom | El Rio del Tiempo | Food Rocks


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Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley

Hollywood Land

Animation Academy | Disney Animation Building | Disney Junior - Live on Stage! | Frozen: Live at the Hyperion | Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! | Sunset Showcase Theater | Turtle Talk with Crush | The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run | Redwood Creek Challenge Trail | Soarin' Over California

Pacific Wharf

The Bakery Tour | Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

A Bug's Land

It's Tough to Be a Bug! | Flik's Flyers | Heimlich's Chew Chew Train | Francis' Ladybug Boogie | Princess Dot Puddle Park | Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies

Paradise Pier

Toy Story Midway Mania! | California Screamin' | Mickey's Fun Wheel | Goofy's Sky School | Silly Symphony Swings | Golden Zephyr | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Games of the Boardwalk | Jumpin' Jellyfish | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | World of Color | Ariel's Grotto

Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Luigi's Flying Tires | Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters

Resorts

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa | Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Former Attractions

Superstar Limo | ElecTRONica | Lucky the Dinosaur | Back to Never Land | Golden Dreams | Maliboomer | S.S. Rustworthy | Disney's LuminAria | Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! | Block Party Bash | Muppet*Vision 3D | Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular | For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration | Bountiful Valley Farm

Former Areas

Condor Flats (absorbed by Grizzly Peak) | Golden State (divided into its sub-areas)

Upcoming

Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | Hong Kong Disneyland Band | Main Street Vehicles | Animation Academy | Ragtime Piano | Art of Animation

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Cinderella Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Fairy Tale Forest | Fantasy Gardens | Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Cups | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Pixie Hollow | Sleeping Beauty Castle | Snow White Grotto | Sword in the Stone

Adventureland

Festival of the Lion King | Jungle Drumming | Jungle River Cruise | Liki Tikis | Tarzan's Treehouse

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple | Orbitron | Push the Talking Trash Can | Space Mountain | Star Wars: Command Post

Toy Story Land

Barrel of Fun | Cubot | RC Racer | Slinky Dog Spin | Toy Soldier Boot Camp | Toy Soldier Parachute Drop

Grizzly Gulch

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars | Geyser Gulch | Welcome Wagon Show

Mystic Point

Mystic Manor | Garden of Wonders | Freight Depot

Anniversary Celebration

5th Anniversary | 10th Anniversary

Current Entertainment

Disney in the Stars | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Rainy Day Express | Paint the Night Parade

Current Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment

Hyperspace Mountain | Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover | The Nightmare Experiment | The Pavilion | Villains Night Out!

Former Attractions and Entertainment

Autopia | Dapper Dans | Disney on Parade | High School Musical: LIVE! | Jungle Puppet Carnival | Lucky the Dinosaur | Muppet Mobile Lab | Stitch Encounter | The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong | The Golden Mickeys | Tinker Bell Castle Illumination | UFO Zone

Former Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment

Adventureland Oasis Party | Alien Invasion | Demon Jungle | Festival of Family & Friends | “Frozen” Festival Show | “Frozen” Village | Glow in the Park Halloween Parade | Graves Academy | Horrors of the Amazon | Inferno Dance Party | It's a Small World Holiday | 'Let It Snow' Christmas Parade | Lightning McQueen "LIVE"! | Main Street Haunted Hotel | Mickey's House | Mickey's WaterWorks | Nightmare in the Sky | Pirate Takeover | Royal Christmas Ball | Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Revenge of the Headless Horseman | Tomorrowland Party Zone | Turtle Talk with Crush

Upcoming

Iron Man Experience

Resorts

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Hollywood Hotel | Disney's Explorers Lodge


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Mediterranean Harbor

Fortress Explorations | DisneySea Transit Steamer Line | Venetian Gondolas

Mysterious Island

Journey to the Center of the Earth | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Mermaid Lagoon

Ariel's Greeting Grotto | Blowfish Balloon Race | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Jumpin' Jellyfish | King Triton's Concert | Scuttle's Scooters | The Whirlpool

Arabian Coast

Caravan Carousel | Jasmine's Flying Carpets | Sinbad's Storybook Voyage | The Magic Lamp Theater

Lost River Delta

Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull | Raging Spirits | Saludos Amigos Greeting Dock | Mickey & Friends' Greeting Trails

Port Discovery

Aquatopia | DisneySea Electric Railway

American Waterfront

Toy Story Mania | Tower of Terror | DisneySea Electric Railway | Turtle Talk | SS Columbia | Big City Vehicles | DisneySea Electric Railway | DisneySea Transit Steamer Line

Current Entertainment

Fantasmic! | The Legend of Mythica

Former Attractions and Entertainment

StormRider

Upcoming

Scandinavia (open in 2018) | Soarin' (open in 2019)

Resorts

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta


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Finding Nemo - Logo
Media
Finding Nemo/Soundtrack/Video Game | Finding Dory/Soundtrack/Just Keep Swimming | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition | Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Big Golden Book | The Art of Finding Nemo
Disney Parks

Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Disney's Explorers Lodge | Crush's Coaster | Disney Animation Building | Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage | It's a Small World | Nemo & Friends SeaRider | The Seas with Nemo & Friends | Turtle Talk with Crush
Entertainment: Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Finding Nemo: The Musical | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Tree of Life Awakens | World of Color
Parade: Happiness is Here Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Pixar Play Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights

Characters

Finding Nemo: Nemo | Marlin | Coral | Dory | Pearl | Tad | Sheldon | Kathy | Mr. Ray | Bruce | Anchor | Chum | Gill | Peach | Bloat | Bubbles | Deb | Gurgle | Jacques | Nigel | Crush | Squirt | Philip | Darla | Barracuda | Blenny | Anglerfish | Seagulls | Moonfish | Jellyfish | Whale | Crabs
Finding Dory: Jenny | Charlie | Bailey | Destiny | Hank | Fluke and Rudder | Gerald | Becky | Otters | Giant Squid

Locations
Australia | Great Barrier Reef | Sydney Harbour | Marine Life Institute
Objects
AquaScum 2003 | Pixar Ball | Pizza Planet truck
Songs
Beyond the Sea | Unforgettable | What a Wonderful World | In The Big Blue World | Go With the Flow
See Also
The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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