Jim Hill has the story and photo of a remote-controlled animatroic "Mobile Muppet Lab" featuring Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker:
The way I hear it, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker were the real highlight of this year's corporate Christmas party at the Walt Disney Company.
Over the past two months, numerous Mouse House insiders have written to me -- wanting to share details of their bizarre encounters with this next phase of Disney's "Living Character Initiative" program. These folks were just standing around at the party, minding their own business. Only to have this rocket ship-shaped craft roll up right next to them. And the next thing they knew, these remote controlled AA versions of Bunsen & Beaker would begin interacting with them.