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Father of Robots, Dead at 100

There's sadness in Santa Fe, and amongst robots all througout the world.

Robbie the Robot's dad has died, at the age of 100.

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VARIETY ran an obit for him... though, unaccountably, they barely mention Robbie in passing, instead headling Mr. Kinoshita's later lesser creation, Robbie's idiotic younger brother, the LOST IN SPACE robot.  (Who was so dumb he never realized he had no name but 'Robot.')

http://variety.com/2015/tv/people-news/robert-kinoshita-designer-of-lost-in-space-robot-dies-at-100-1201404482/

Robots live forever, but all men must die.  Still, Robbie is weeping into his popcorn today.

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( 16 comments )
Dan Burch
Jan. 16th, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
Forbidden Planet
I share your grief. I can remember staying up late to watch Forbidden Planet on the "late" show.
reynardine
Jan. 17th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)
It's a melancholy thing to get older and watch the heroes of your childhood pass into eternity. I'm not quite fifty and have yet to get used to that. I wonder if one ever does?
grrm
Jan. 17th, 2015 07:11 am (UTC)
No.

It gets worse. Sorry.

Getting old sucks.
andrew_mcguire
Jan. 18th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
I concur, being not far from coffin-dodger status myself, and with much less, if anything, in the way of achievement with which to console myself. Quite aside from the sadness of loss, and the ever-growing awareness of one's own mortality, there's also the unpalatable realisation that whatever hard-won wisdom one may have acquired comes too late to be of real value. (Without time-travel, anyway).
ShawnLBird
Jan. 28th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
old sucks
My father was grumbling about things he was no longer able to do, and ended with "I guess I'm getting old." He was 99.

Now he's 100. He's still not doing much. He still thinks getting old sucks, but at least now he's a bit of a celebrity for hitting the milestone and getting his letter from the Queen!
andrew_mcguire
Feb. 5th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: old sucks
That was very decent of Cersei. She gets such a bad press, but deep down she's just a sweetheart.
ext_1757190
Jan. 18th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Oh man. Love Forbidden Planet. Awesome to read that he was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame. And the fact that there actually IS a Robot Hall of Fame. Likely on account of creative folks like him. Sad loss.

- Jared
nycfalcon
Jan. 18th, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
I didn't see Forbidden Planet until my late teens. Lost in Space was the first SciFi show or story that I can recall. The flying saucer, the ray gun and Robot filled my imagination. For me, Robbie remains just a less charismatic guest robot in L.I.S..
Bob Jenson
Jan. 18th, 2015 07:11 am (UTC)
Very sad. But, isn't it amazing he lived that long - think of all he had seen in his lifetime!
George, when you come to Worldon this year in Spokane, you need to find time to go see the Robot Hut, which is only 30-some miles north. John has built several different Robbies, plus a working version of his jeep. Tons of toy robots, other full scale and working robots (yes, the LIS B9 too), but there is a heavy concentration of stuff from "Forbidden Planet".
Traci Bear Thiele
Jan. 18th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
I Cry with the Robots
RIP Robert Kinoshita. I was a fan of his works. The artists of Hollywood never get enough credit for making the myths and the fantasies come to life. I have just recently discovered that getting older means watching your people drop in increasing numbers around you.... till its my turn. Thanks for making life fun. Next time I pass through Santa Fe I will stop off to see Robbie and the theater and Sam. :)
andrew_mcguire
Jan. 18th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Lost potential
And with his death ends the prospect of the Father of Robots marrying the Mother of Dragons, and we can only speculate as to what their progeny might have been like. Perhaps that will be explored in a future story...

Edited at 2015-01-19 07:24 pm (UTC)
Erik Bergman
Jan. 19th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
AI
I look forward to the day when you install an AI Robbie and he chats with theater goers.
Noah Cook
Jan. 19th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
One must agree...
100 is a pretty epic age in which to pass. Valar Morghulis. Danger Will Robinson...
attilathepbnun
Jan. 20th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
I never knew his name, but I loved those robots. When I was little, it just wasn't a robot if it didn't have whirly flashy top.
Valar Morgulis indeed, Mr. Kinoshita. I hope you and Mr Harryhausen are enjoying yourselves, in that far country 'from whose bourne no traveler returneth ....'

*removes hat*
Erik Bergman
Jan. 20th, 2015 07:46 am (UTC)
NFC Championship
So I guess you'll be rooting for the Seahawks this year. :)
Anita Lovelace
Jan. 20th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
Robbie
So sad to hear this.

In watching METV Baltimore, I had forgotten how "trippy" some of the kids shows were.

"Lost in Space" initially, did have its moments, (at least until it became the Dr. Smith/Will/Robot show).

Even Krofft's "Land of the Lost" with the Zarn and his crystals, dimensional travel, and the one episode where it raised the question of whether they were really dead or not, as well as other "dark" questions, was pretty heady for a Saturday morning show.

Today, everything, even science fiction, seems to have to fit a specific template for it to be "successful."

But, I guess that's me being "crotchety."

RIP Robbie Senior

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