“The original concepts for the robots of Disney’s The Black Hole… were radically different from the finished constructs seen in the film.” Work began in 1976 with the movie release in December of 1979.

Disney “wanted to do an R2D2 type robot” thus the “wide-eyed rotund cartoon robot with a pop-up head” V.I.N.CENT (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized) was born.

Maximillian was originally conceived as a “headless, legless hovering machine”.

With Old Bob, “they decided to have his tools broken and have wires hanging out because they thought the wires would make him look like he had whiskers.”

From Starlog, June 1980