Despite her vocal performance in the song, Christina Ricci will not be making a cameo for Beck’s latest video, “Hell Yes.” Instead, though, viewers will have to settle for “dream robots.” Four of them. Before you dismiss this bit of news as the latest in artsy music video trends, make sure you know what “dream robots” are. The four to be in the video, are the only four in the world. The official name is QRIOs, and they were developed by Sony Japan, as “high-tech playthings for children.” For the Beck video, though, they will be used as choreographed dancers:
“‘They’re not due for three or four years, but we were able to get them for the video thanks to the good people of Sony Japan,’ director Garth Jennings laughed. ‘They have such an unbelievably fluid range of motions, so Beck and I just had to work out an elaborately choreographed number for them. I think it took the programmers in Japan about three weeks to program the routine into each robot.’
‘They ended up bringing the robots to us, and we shot them in one afternoon in Los Angeles,’ Jennings added. ‘Most of the people who have seen the video come away thinking that there’s no way the QRIOs are real. They think they’re like people in robot suits or something.'”
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