The Robotic Archetype: Character Animation and Social Robotics

  • Cherie LaceyEmail author
  • Catherine Barbara Caudwell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11357)


This paper delves into the surprisingly under-considered convergence between Hollywood animation and ‘Big Tech’ in the field of social robotics, exploring the implications of character animation for human-robot interaction, and highlighting the emergence of a robotic character archetype. We explore the significance and possible effects of a Hollywood-based approach to character design for human-robot sociality, and, at a wider level, consider the possible impact of this for human relationality and the concept of ‘companionship’ itself. We conclude by arguing for greater consideration of the socio-political and ethical consequences of importing and perpetuating relational templates that are drawn from powerful media conglomerates like Disney. In addition to facing a possible degradation of social relations, we may also be facing a possible delimitation of social relationality, based on the values, affects, and ideologies circulating in popular Hollywood animation.


Social robots Character animation Social relations Interaction templates Hollywood ideology Companionship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of DesignVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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