|Planet of origin||Earth |
Probably Rome, Italy
|First appearance||"The Duh-Vinci Code" (6ACV05)|
|Voiced by||David Herman|
Animatronio is a very primitive male Robot, powered by a mouse in a wheel, who speaks with an Italian accent. Leonardo da Vinci built and left him on Earth when returning to Planet Vinci, so that his great secret could remain hidden, only known to the Shadow Society of Intellectuals. The Planet Express crew mistook Animatronio for Saint James because of The Last Supper, a painting by Leonardo (6ACV05).
- Animatronio is a play on Animatronic and Antonio.
- He may be a reference to both Leonardo's robot from real life, and the monk from The Da Vinci Code. His similarity to the latter can be supported by his punishing himself, his cloak, and other factors.
- Niccolò Machiavelli, an Italian writer considered one of the main founders of modern political science, is rumored to have faked his own death. Animatronio has done it at least twice. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli is considered a good example of the Renaissance Man.