Newswire: R.I.P. Robert Kinoshita, designer of famous robots

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, former production designer Robert Kinoshita died earlier this week. He was 100.

Though not exactly a household name, Kinoshita’s creations probably are—especially to fans of classic sci-fi. He designed and built the iconic Robby The Robot suit for 1956’s Forbidden Planet and the similarly iconic Robot B-9 from the Lost In Space TV series in the ‘60s. Both robots—though they’re just costumes, of course, not actual robots—are easily recognized by their see-through heads and wide array of flashing-and-spinning accouterments, and they both came to define the ‘50s and ‘60s approach to sci-fi mechanical designs. Robby in particular even became a bit of a celebrity in its own right, going on to appear in a bunch of other TV shows and movies, including The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Mork & Mindy, and Gremlins. Plus, both robots were parodied …

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