The Secret Origins of Clippy: Microsoft’s Bizarre Animated Character Patents

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Microsoft Actimates Patent

System and Method for Substituting an Animated Character When a Remote Control Physical Character is Unavailable

Filed February 4th, 1997

Here’s another Actimates-related drawing–still a little off-topic, and also too irresistibly odd not to publish here. The kid is bald and may only have one arm and one leg (or is he a merboy?), and his Actimate figure is at least as large as he is. Creepy.

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