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I rode a giant mechanical elephant. You can too.

  • Publicado em 29 Mai 2022
  • Les machines de l'île, in Nantes, are famous for their giant mechanical elephant. And to my surprise, tourists can just pay and ride it. ■ More information: www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/
    Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
    Camera: Guillaume Juin www.guillaumejuin.fr
    Producer: Axel Zeiliger at Block8 block8production.com
    Thanks to Jérémie Chabot for the suggestion
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Comentários • 2 057

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  4 meses atrás +5844

    I guess technically, that's two videos about carousels in two weeks.
    Not as much behind-the-scenes filming as usual, unfortunately: the workshop and mechanical parts were under a strict no-filming policy to keep some future projects secret. They do have big plans, though!

    • lasergamer9110
      lasergamer9110 Mês atrás +1

      @Jimpson its called private videos

    • destiny035
      destiny035 2 meses atrás

      Tom, check out the giants of Royal de Luxe.

    • 1ytcommenter
      1ytcommenter 3 meses atrás

      Hi, how about a video about the Strandbeests?

    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!
      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE! 3 meses atrás

      The safety rail is too low its below a lot of people center of gravity thats a huge safety failure!

    • Alfonse
      Alfonse 3 meses atrás

      @Ian Roy indubitably

  • CGP Grey
    CGP Grey 3 meses atrás +1930

    Wow! What a blast from the past! When I was new to London I saw this elephant wandering the city as part of a giant art project along with other sculptures this team made. It was one of the most memorable and magical days of my life.

  • Noël Bardelot
    Noël Bardelot 3 meses atrás +1599

    If you're curious "why Nantes", the answer's also "because Jules Verne" who was born a Nantais in 1828. His work is the main source of inspiration of those steampunk machines!

    • Hadi Younes
      Hadi Younes 27 dias atrás

      What's funny is that there are two cities in France (i don't think there is another) that are extremely fond of Jules Verne ; Nantes obviously, and then Amiens where he lived a good half of his life and where he wrote several books. Dude was so good he became a major personality for two cities !

    • Calamar
      Calamar Mês atrás

      they also have them in toulouse

    • Strawberry Milkshake
      Strawberry Milkshake Mês atrás +1

      Ooooo so that's why
      The father of Steampunk genre.

    • Nothing Matters
      Nothing Matters  2 meses atrás +1

      Now that makes a lot more sense. I am amazed he didn't mention that as I actually thought of Jules Verne when I saw some of the sea creatures.

    • Rocknlive
      Rocknlive 2 meses atrás

      "His work is the main source of inspiration of those steampunk machines!"
      The interpretation of his work by filmmakers and illustrators through the 20th century is the main source of inspiration of those steampunk machines

  • Christopher JR
    Christopher JR 3 meses atrás +1068

    The fact that these mechanical animals are made of wood makes them look so much nicer and more magical, than if they were plastic.

    • himselfe
      himselfe Mês atrás

      @Minty Cold that's the most ironic part for me.

    • Awesome Ninja
      Awesome Ninja Mês atrás

      And steel

    • Minty Cold
      Minty Cold 2 meses atrás

      they said leather

    • Ryomaanime
      Ryomaanime 2 meses atrás +4

      @Argus Fleibeit Rainstorms are rare to non-existent in europe.
      It rains quite a lot tho. Some storm, but not as strong as american ones
      I don't think it can harm this elephant, most parts are protected by wood, and the mechanical part that don't, like the trunk, are most probably oiled, protecting form the rust and other oxydation damage.
      And it would probably need a terrifying wind to move that 40+ tons thing or make it fall

    • Argus Fleibeit
      Argus Fleibeit 2 meses atrás +2

      Do they ever get caught in a sudden rainstorm? Or doesn't that happen in Europe?

  • ShihoAJoke
    ShihoAJoke 3 meses atrás +134

    I can't believe Tom Scott rode a divine beast

    • Marcolio100
      Marcolio100 10 dias atrás

      *Attack on Vah Ruta starts playing*

    • SuperFanatic22 Channel
      SuperFanatic22 Channel 15 dias atrás

      @EVERYday Things 😱omg!!!! zelda is tom scott confirmed??????

    • EVERYday Things
      EVERYday Things Mês atrás +5

      Zelda has a british accent and so does Tom Scott. Coincidence? I don't think so.

    • N P
      N P Mês atrás +5

      They had to find some use after assisting Link with destroying Ganon

  • Jason The Ranga
    Jason The Ranga 3 meses atrás +3895

    Imagine You're a tourist going for a walk and all of a sudden a 12-metre tall mecha-elephant sprays you down with its trunk whilst its passengers laugh at you.

    • Zander Nguyen
      Zander Nguyen Dia atrás


    • Oliver Hargreaves
      Oliver Hargreaves 14 dias atrás

      Leave me ma alone ;) got a get a job somehow

    • Khizar Shakoor
      Khizar Shakoor Mês atrás

      That's a movie villain arc for sure.
      In the words of Gord the Elephant Butcher, "It is my vow, all elephants would die"

    • Kidwiththecolorfulpants
      Kidwiththecolorfulpants Mês atrás

      I would just smile as a passenger looking down with that “OOoHhhhhh IiiIiiiiiiIIIMMMMM SOOOOOOO sSsOooOOrrYyy

    • parkingmechanic
      parkingmechanic Mês atrás

      one shouldn't imagine terrible things

  • Rowan Mackenzie
    Rowan Mackenzie 3 meses atrás +188

    I feel like this could be a whole new series featuring bizzare and unique attractions, like "I rode a sofa down a public road, you can too"

  • Shank Mods
    Shank Mods 3 meses atrás +252

    I wonder if this was inspiration for the Divine Beasts in Breath of the Wild.

    • Ryan Zabel
      Ryan Zabel Mês atrás

      Thats what i thought aswell

    • Swagmire
      Swagmire 3 meses atrás +2

      Yes. Vah Ruta was directly designed based off of this mechanical elephant

    • Vinemaple
      Vinemaple 3 meses atrás +2

      Kind of Horizon Zero Dawn-ish as well

    • That Lonely meatball
      That Lonely meatball 3 meses atrás +1

      i was just thinking that

    • Joshua Baker-Sheridan
      Joshua Baker-Sheridan 3 meses atrás +6

      a lot of japanese are fascinated with france so a lot of french stuff ends up in their stuff when they reference the west

  • Benjamin B
    Benjamin B 3 meses atrás +49

    Hi Tom, I love this place. Furthermore, "les machines de Nantes" have opened a sort of subsidiary here in Toulouse. You can ride a giant minotaur or a giant spider (different from the one in Nantes).

  • Umbrella Corp.
    Umbrella Corp. Mês atrás +5

    And because of Tom now they'll get more tourists.
    Keep up the good work. 😎👍

  • TheMsLourdes
    TheMsLourdes 3 meses atrás +11

    Okay, Tom, You did it. I am officially entirely enthralled an MUST visit this place once in my life, with my family. In short, this is the most insanely awesome thing I have seen made for the arts and I would imagine should be on the tour for would be roboticists as well. This is just stunning, in the truest sense of the word! Nantes, birthplace of Jules Verne and land of the mechanical automaton creatures of my fevered dreams!

  • Théo Balkwill
    Théo Balkwill 3 meses atrás +4

    So glad you finally came to Nantes! Hope you enjoyed your stay and you had enough time to explore other places this town has to offer.

  • French Fry
    French Fry 3 meses atrás +7

    Glad to see Tom cover something so integral to the city where i studied ! Great video !!!
    For those interested, "Les machines de l'île" is part of a bigger organism called "La Machine". It has a sister location based in Toulouse where another spider, a dragon and a Minotaur (the Minotaur can be ridden) can be found. It has also made productions for special occasions with other countries (it sent the dragon to China in celebration of the 50 years of Franco-chinese relations). This isn't an exhaustive list of what they've done, the rest is also very interesting !

  • Darles Chickens
    Darles Chickens 3 meses atrás +4

    Went there about 5 years ago, it was amazing... the whole concept for the theme park is incredible. French theme parks in general are just something else.

  • Romain Ed
    Romain Ed 3 meses atrás +2546

    I'm from Nantes and maybe it's worth emphasizing Tom's point at the end. This is a fairly busy bit of the city, this is a place I've been dozens of times, it's not like it's a hidden gem, it's actually a great pride for the city and everyone in France who knows a bit about Nantes knows Les Machines de l'Ile 😊

    • Yann Wagner Tieffenbach
      Yann Wagner Tieffenbach 3 meses atrás

      @Thibault Chevalier is the Minotaur also part of the collection ? The one in Toulouse ?

    • Uku
      Uku 3 meses atrás +1

      Looks like a cool place.

    • Exorion
      Exorion 3 meses atrás +3

      @Schattenwind Agreed ! I've lived in a few cities across Europe, Nantes is by far the best and the reason why I'm back ! (Not far behind is Gothenburg tho)

    • Isak
      Isak 3 meses atrás

      I love Nantes when I visited it, sadly this was not here when I visited. But I did walk in a special park with pots that got eyes and legs and formed in special formations hahahah

    • Generic Human
      Generic Human 3 meses atrás

      Nantes is definitely on my places to visit list now. Tom is doing a great job at making people interested in things and places they haven't considered before

  • JaguarInfinity
    JaguarInfinity 3 meses atrás +5

    Nantes is as amazing place, the city centre is lovely for pedestrians as well with botanical gardens, a lovely chateau and more all easy to walk around along with this attraction. Fully recommend this amazing place! :)

  • Naota Kenichi
    Naota Kenichi 3 meses atrás +4

    While I don't totally agree with the sentiment that reliance on existing IP is hurting themeparks like Disney, I have to say, its something really special to see an attraction as unique as this, but also as immaculately themed as this. Its a perfect and permanent representation of the best parts of an 1800s worlds fair.

  • Samuel Smith
    Samuel Smith 3 meses atrás +4

    Having actually been to this museum, I’m so glad someone is sharing it. Thanks Tom!

  • Nassim Kereimeyd
    Nassim Kereimeyd 3 meses atrás +1

    Lived in Nantes for half a year (doing an Erasmus there) and it was incredible being on the Île de Nantes with so many people there, the elephant walking around, dance groups doing performances and so on. Wondering why the place looks so deserted in the video, but happy to finally say "Oh, I've been there!" when seeing one of Toms videos!

  • Hoshimaru57
    Hoshimaru57 3 meses atrás +2

    This looks absolutely awesome. If I ever leave this hemisphere and per chance end up in France (though it’s not necessarily on my known list of destinations), it would be awesome to see this place in person.

  • sooty1410
    sooty1410 3 meses atrás +2

    We went on it a few years back, it's fantastic fun. There are lots of other really interesting machines in the sheds.

  • Phoebe HB
    Phoebe HB 3 meses atrás +1

    This looks so similar to the sultan's elephant which visited London in 2006 (along with a giant marionette doll). I never got to see it in person at the time and I was so sad to hear later that they destroyed it, so it's incredible that this exists now! Definitely adding to my bucket list!

  • AileeNyx
    AileeNyx 3 meses atrás +1

    I was here once! When I was little I found about this place and became obsessed with it. Some time later, when my parents planned a road trip all the way from Spain to the UK we actually stopped in Nantes just to see that. Amazing place, I had so much fun. I must still have some postcard around. I actually rode the elephant, and the caterpillar. Nantes is kind of a weird city, by the way. In the best way possible. There's like a fried egg painting in some house's roof and you can only spot it in a very high building, and overall things like that. Really liked it.

  • Scurly07
    Scurly07 3 meses atrás

    I've been here several times since I was very young! Even though I've been on the carousel almost every time I went, I don't think I ever went on the big machines but it's always incredible seeing it walk around and spray water at us on the ground below.

  • kaiser reinhard
    kaiser reinhard 3 meses atrás

    When I visited here in around 2016, my visit was cut short (before I could ride the elephant or the carosell, and I was planning to do both, but after seeing the smaller things) by a large amount of tear gas coming from somewhere we didn't see. Not very fun, very painful, but a cool experience. Sadly I haven't been able to go back and retry these amazing rides yet.

  • Lucille Renard
    Lucille Renard 3 meses atrás

    I wasn’t expecting this, but I actually rode the elephant ten years ago when visiting my grandmother who lives quite close to it! The whole theme park is also fabulous, and if you like the aesthetic of this wood/metal automata creatures you’ll love it

  • Frogmouth
    Frogmouth 3 meses atrás

    Congratulations for 5M subs!! You and your team deserve it! Thank you for such awesome contents, like this one :)

  • Ant
    Ant 3 meses atrás +2399

    Never thought I'd see the day when I'd actually done one of these but it's here!!! The elephant sprays little kids with water with its trunk, it's adorable

    • Xander Veal
      Xander Veal 3 meses atrás

      Yea it’s so weird seeing it in a video after about 3 years of not going

    • Jon. . .
      Jon. . . 3 meses atrás

      Yes! Seeing this is a fond memory.

    • alexstaro
      alexstaro 3 meses atrás

      same :)

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás

      It'd be fun in the summer.

    • Andrew Halliwell
      Andrew Halliwell 3 meses atrás +2

      @Ant IT was already walking about when we got there and I didn't know you could.

  • Fireworker2000
    Fireworker2000 3 meses atrás

    This weirdly reminds me of the giant glass elephant in the Maxi Park in Hamm, Germany.
    It's not mechanical, but a huge building with a lot of mechanical art inside - also it's a highly educational and really fun place to visit in general.

  • Dwayne Bearup
    Dwayne Bearup 3 meses atrás

    I've always said that with the high quality of cameras now available and the quantity of filming taking place all over the world, there really isn't much point in travelling to these places in person. But this is a place I'd still like to experience myself.

  • SonRob
    SonRob 3 meses atrás +4

    This makes me nostalgic I went to Nantes as a kid with my dad after seeing the Artists other work when it came to my home city (Liverpool) we rode the elephant and the carrousel good times

  • The Selective Luddite
    The Selective Luddite 3 meses atrás

    Stunning! Thanks for that Scott. If we ever get to go to the other side of the world, I don't want to miss this :)

  • Pastalord
    Pastalord 3 meses atrás +1149

    Tom's Tour de France is going swimmingly well, it seems.

  • André Bartels
    André Bartels 3 meses atrás +1

    When I come close to Nantes in my vacations, I'll make sure to visit this place. What a blast!

  • Kaisa Watson
    Kaisa Watson 3 meses atrás +7

    I REALLY, REALLY want to see the reaction of a real living Elephant to this.

  • subsgob00m
    subsgob00m 3 meses atrás

    Wow, I've been to Nantes on 3 separate occasions and never knew this existed! Makes me sad that I have no foreseeable opportunities to head back to France in the future, I'd really like to check these things out.

  • Fritz Mueller
    Fritz Mueller 3 meses atrás +1

    I have been in Nantes for a school exchange was a great week and I loved seeing/riding on these machines and couldn't believe that I have never heard of it before

  • Tux
    Tux 3 meses atrás +758

    How in the world do you manage to make such consistently compelling videos with massively different themes and experiences each time? It's insane.

    • Bilboswaggings19
      Bilboswaggings19 3 meses atrás +2

      I imagine it's easier after implementing that website for video ideas and requests to visit

    • sam 방탄
      sam 방탄 3 meses atrás +9

      A production team. Never underestimate the amount of people and work it takes to do these videos.

    • Schebbi
      Schebbi 3 meses atrás +3

      Because this is his job?!

    • Darkmann
      Darkmann 3 meses atrás +7

      Lots and lots of planning and research, no doubt

    • Monkey80llx
      Monkey80llx 3 meses atrás

      @Martell google

  • BleachedBonez
    BleachedBonez 3 meses atrás

    I saw this thing with the Giantess puppet they also have when I was younger. Still one of the coolest experiences of my entire life. The people operating it just sort of disappear and you feel like the elephant is totally real.

  • Yahye Ali
    Yahye Ali 21 dia atrás

    This was a really fun video to watch. And that place looks quite interesting. I definitely want to visit there someday :)

  • Nirrrina
    Nirrrina 3 meses atrás +1

    My God those creations are amazing.
    Usually when watching travel videos like this. I feel like it would be really nice to go. But here I really really want to brave international travel with bad fibromyalgia just to go here.
    I'd be a walking ball of pain but it would be worth it.

  • boltonky
    boltonky 3 meses atrás

    That is one of the coolest things ever, i could see that being used all over the world for tourist attractions. I would totally own something like that if i could...to dream

  • Everyone Anyone
    Everyone Anyone 3 meses atrás +503

    The company also has a 12-meter-tall mechanical dragon-horse that breathes fire and spits water, which is my personal favorite :D

    • Everyone Anyone
      Everyone Anyone Mês atrás +1

      @mbksr Longma goes on tour around the world. It looks like he last toured Nantes in 2015 and he got to stand face to face with the elephant, though he stomped around in Toulouse just a few months ago

    • mbksr
      mbksr Mês atrás +1

      Is it there all the time or just temporarily, like every now and then it comes there? I lived in Nantes for a year and was lucky enough to see Longma at the end of my stay but again it was only once during the entire year

    • No tux no bux
      No tux no bux 3 meses atrás

      @Nick Nirus longma balls

    • Anaurus
      Anaurus 3 meses atrás +3

      Longma is more precisely a Qilin

    • Dr. Pepper
      Dr. Pepper 3 meses atrás +2

      If an Eastern and Western Dragon had a baby

  • Nincadalop
    Nincadalop 3 meses atrás

    A friend and I are planning to make a Europe trip this summer, your videos make for great itinerary ideas. Thank you for making this series!

  • cantaloupe Godling
    cantaloupe Godling 3 meses atrás +1

    What a weird feeling to have seen one of the Tom Scott places before the video. Even as a kid I could acknowledge how cool the Elephant Mecha was.

  • TheHugolob
    TheHugolob 3 meses atrás

    Rode it a month ago in Nantes, was awesome to see with the other animals. I see you are enjoying france have a nice trip, from a fellow french citizen !

  • Elias MT
    Elias MT 3 meses atrás

    As someone who lives in Nantes I am really happy to see this! Thank you

  • Tom Regenet
    Tom Regenet 3 meses atrás +353

    This company just completed the first part of their biggest project yet, the Flying Héron! Their work is incredible, and we all hope they can continue to build these.

    • Victor Carlos Prado
      Victor Carlos Prado 3 meses atrás

      @Kamran Rachlin exactly!

    • Kamran Rachlin
      Kamran Rachlin 3 meses atrás +6

      So they’ve finished Vah Ruto and Vah Medoh?

    • Etienne Dud
      Etienne Dud 3 meses atrás +4

      And by the way, one part of the tree is already done, you can see it in the video

    • Vark Ster
      Vark Ster 3 meses atrás

      @lepideble Genetic cloning of prehistoric DNA trapped in amber? Meh. Who needs that.

    • lepideble
      lepideble 3 meses atrás +36

      @UndeadNotKyle they are finishing an bigger one than has 16.5m wingspan that is part of an even bigger project called "l'arbre au héron" which is a 50 by 35m tree where people walk on branches and is inhabited by multiple mechanical creatures.

  • Blinded
    Blinded 21 dia atrás

    I'm a Canadian and when i was young la machine passed in Ottawa and me and my family went to see it and it was an astonishing experience. One of the best things I saw in real life for sure.

  • Joseph Hazard
    Joseph Hazard 3 meses atrás +1

    I live in nantes and it's really strange to see you in this city, nice video as always ! you could have talked about Jules Verne, who greatly influenced this project

  • John Highet
    John Highet 3 meses atrás +1

    It brings back memories of following the elephant around London some years ago!

  • Nicholas Iredale
    Nicholas Iredale 3 meses atrás

    I went to that place, and rode that elephant, in 2017 on the French exchange. Thank you for making a video about this - I was thrilled to see this on my feed!

  • Noah Bawdy
    Noah Bawdy 3 meses atrás

    Just incredible. Thanks again for sharing Tom.

  • Jason St John
    Jason St John 6 dias atrás

    This is fantastic. I looked this place up and it's on my bucket list, but I've never seen a video before. You should check out Puy du Fou. It's "theme park" of a very different kind that is about an hour or so from Nantes. I'd love to see a video of that place.

  • Zelly
    Zelly 3 meses atrás

    I had a big goofy smile on my face this entire video. I love that this is a thing.

  • Antti Akkanen
    Antti Akkanen 3 meses atrás

    La Machine also has another location in Toulouse with a similarly huge Minotaur you can also ride on. Both locations are just incredible.

  • Lucille
    Lucille 3 meses atrás

    Nantes is an amazing city. There is always so much to do, so much creativity, so much art. It has stolen my heart.

  • Naud van Dalen
    Naud van Dalen 3 meses atrás +1

    Tom Scott does more interesting things in a week than I do in a year.

  • Brian Richardson
    Brian Richardson 3 meses atrás

    I visited this place about eight years ago. Very happy they're still open and operating.

  • JiHE Jiang
    JiHE Jiang 3 meses atrás

    Ok I have finally found the words for this: seeing Tom slow-walking makes me feel like he’s still getting used to his new legs.

  • L. A. K.
    L. A. K. 3 meses atrás +290

    I've been wanting to go here for years now. It looks like an incredible place! Also, a steampunk heaven. I also love the no-plastic mindset. Very cool, I wish there were more places like this one.

    • Anaurus
      Anaurus 3 meses atrás +2

      I don't think they avoid plastic for environmental reasons, but simply for aesthetic reasons.

    • flo ri
      flo ri 3 meses atrás +1

      Well now there is Les halles des Machines in Toulouse ;)

    • Emily747
      Emily747 3 meses atrás +1

      My big question there is how ‘anti-plastic’ are they? Like is this avoiding styrofoam and plexiglass or avoiding 3D printed parts and such? The ladder actually can be more environmentally sound than metal parts for a lot of applications, but its still cool either way!

    • Gar Goyle
      Gar Goyle 3 meses atrás

      @Thomas Richardson You're going off the assumption that the "save the trees" folks were anti-wood. It's all about sustainability. Leather and wood are renewable and can potentially be harvested sustainably, metals are nonrenewable but infinitely recyclable and plastics are nonrenewable and almost entirely unrecyclable. The "save the trees" people were rallying against unsustainable "slash and burn" wood harvesting due to the deforestation it necessitates. Not even the most devout tree-hugging hippie was anti-wood.

    • Thomas Richardson
      Thomas Richardson 3 meses atrás

      @Gar Goyle please explain all knowing friend

  • Arthemis
    Arthemis 3 meses atrás +1

    I was there last summer ! Nice to see you at this amazing place.

    STICC 3 meses atrás +1

    ive been waiting my whole life for tom scott to give me the green light to ride a mechanical elephant

  • Hank Pikuni
    Hank Pikuni 3 meses atrás

    Love to go there never even knew a place like that existed.

  • Jimmys Clips
    Jimmys Clips 3 meses atrás

    This place is incredible! How have I never heard of it...

  • Ryu Techa
    Ryu Techa 3 meses atrás +226

    Where I'm from, riding an actual living elephant as a tourist attraction is still a thing. However, over the years, there has been debates over the ethical-ness of it all. This mechanical elephant and the other mechanical animals are just too cool.

    • Ewa Wiercioch
      Ewa Wiercioch 3 meses atrás +1

      @Argustin Y. Thank you for being so open to learning!

    • Hoshimaru57
      Hoshimaru57 3 meses atrás

      And PETA will (almost) never complain about it. I imagine they would a bit just for the insinuation that riding animals is acceptable

    • Tams80
      Tams80 3 meses atrás +2

      @DBA Yes, but that a) doesn't address how many elephants are treated, and b) that for the work you described there is usually a lone rider (mahout) near the neck, and they are usually lightweight.
      For the elephant rides, usually they use a box type saddle on the top of the back, and have an additional two-three people on. In the worse cases, they let overweight people on too.

    • Mortal Wizard
      Mortal Wizard 3 meses atrás +4

      @Shadowscall775 well, a lot of horses aren't treated very well. Everything from being housed in small stalls, lameness, being ridden to often, to, hyperflextion in dressage horses and horses dying from wrong jumps in sports. Then there is also the debate over if the horses actually enjoy being ridden and if the discomfort that being ridden causes is negligible (if treated right) or not.
      I'm no expert but I don't think it so cut and dry that you can say that riding a horse is or isn't ethical yet. (imo more reacherch need to be done overall)

    • Shadowscall775
      Shadowscall775 3 meses atrás +6

      @Deepak S riding a horse is not unethical.....I don't know why you would get that idea at all.

  • TheMightyKinkle
    TheMightyKinkle 2 meses atrás

    This place is insanely cool! I don't know why I've never known about it before!

  • Josiah Gould
    Josiah Gould 3 meses atrás +1

    I think I fought that thing in a Zelda game... Sincerely though, I would love to see and ride this machine. It's an absolute wonder of what you can do with a broad imagination and support behind you.

  • Anaëlle Edon
    Anaëlle Edon 3 meses atrás

    I work on Nantes island and my office view is directly on the carousel and the elephant. I think I'll never be tired of going home from work and randomly meeting this giant elephant on my way

  • Éden
    Éden 3 meses atrás

    oh i've been on this elephant ! I really recommend it and all of the other machines, it's great fun, a very magical place !

  • mizu the floatzel
    mizu the floatzel 3 meses atrás

    I remember so long ago watching a video and now seeing this and how far they came ... Wow !

  • Guitar In Situ - Antoine Aubry

    You can actually find other machines made by the same group of people in Toulouse (France too), at La Halle de la Machine. They have a minotaur, a dragon, a spider too... You should go !

  • Ronan Hughes
    Ronan Hughes 3 meses atrás

    This was my childhood. It fascinated and inspired me as a wannabe inventor. Always a highlight when visiting Nantes and somehow the elephant was always broken down.

  • Kamil
    Kamil 3 meses atrás

    Thank you Tom, I've just added it to my bucket list! :D

  • Mike Schilder
    Mike Schilder 3 meses atrás +149

    They came to my hometown (Ottawa Canada) with 2 of their beasts for a day long special event. It was breathtaking. A giant spider started the day perched at the top of a large cathedral (really suspended from a crane, but styled to look like it was perched on the roof) and crawled down the cathedral wall before heading into the streets. It was mind blowing. You couldn’t ride these ones, they were piloted by professionals, but as a sight it was incredible!

    • Cyber.Crow4
      Cyber.Crow4 3 meses atrás +13

      My arachnophobia wouldn't let me go anywhere near that mechanical monster but I get that it must have looked cool

  • André Laszlo
    André Laszlo 3 meses atrás

    I live on the island and the Elephant has become normal to me. Going for a walk, you see people walking their dogs, the giant mechaphant, kids chasing pigeons... the usual stuff 😄

  • Vinemaple
    Vinemaple 3 meses atrás

    I can't believe I forgot that elephant existed until I was already watching the video... but I'm glad I watched it anyway because it turns out I didn't know any true facts about it. What an amazing place! This is now what I want the Porcelain Walkers in the Ultraviolet Grasslands to look like.

  • Roy Isserlis
    Roy Isserlis 3 meses atrás

    I worked the walking fences on the London's Sultan's Elephant (bigger, far less automated with a dozen operators)
    I'm surprised you didn't mention it's big brother who visited London

  • MachFiveFalcon
    MachFiveFalcon 3 meses atrás +1

    For the animals' sake, I'm not comfortable riding elephants in places like southeast Asia, so it's great to know there's an alternative that looks like it came straight out of Final Fantasy!

  • Vivien ESCRICHE
    Vivien ESCRICHE 3 meses atrás +106

    4 years ago the same company opened a branch in Toulouse (southwest of France), for the occasion they created an even bigger machine shaped as a Minotaur, and you can also ride it. It’s mechanics is even more realistic, it is just astonishing!

    • Luc Dauge
      Luc Dauge 2 meses atrás

      That's also the case in la Roche-sur-Yon. On the main place you can just control about 10 exotic animals like a crocodile or a camel as if they were toys !

    • Zaher [GD sometimes]
      Zaher [GD sometimes] 3 meses atrás +1

      I saw that machine in construction since you can visit the workshop

  • Wolf
    Wolf 3 meses atrás

    I've been there! It was great going on that elephant, since you can see the pistons of the legs working.

  • S Alam
    S Alam 3 meses atrás

    Oh wow I'm surprised at myself for not thinking this was possible. The whole place looks so cool. Definitely on my visiting list

  • Zanian19
    Zanian19 3 meses atrás

    As awesome as this is, not gonna lie, was imagining it as actually walking, not riding. It would be infinitely more difficult to make and keep safe, but god dang it, I want mechas!

  • OneWoman Army
    OneWoman Army 3 meses atrás

    Wow, so cool! If I'm ever well enough to travel again Nantes will be high up on my list of destinations.

  • SteelSkin667
    SteelSkin667 3 meses atrás

    I was today years old when I found out about this, and I am kicking myself for not knowing about it earlier. This is now on my list of places to visit next time I'm doing anything near Nantes.

  • deepblu
    deepblu Mês atrás

    Imagine how terrifying it would be if this was used in war, you’re hidden behind some rubble and the enemy has a giant elephant coming towards you

  • ZakalweUK
    ZakalweUK 3 meses atrás

    I spent a couple of days in Nantes on business about 6 years ago and truly loved the place, there was a music festival on at the time and the place had a really great atmosphere, it’s on my list to go back with my family

  • Sonia’s Way
    Sonia’s Way 3 meses atrás

    I saw La Machine when they were in Ottawa for the Canada 150 Celebrations, and eventually went to Nantes in 2019. Really cool stuff and great to see tom covering it.

  • RitosM
    RitosM 3 meses atrás +39

    I'm not big into amusement parks or anything, but heck those are the coolest attractions I've ever seen and I want to visit it.

    • FiftyFifty
      FiftyFifty 3 meses atrás +2

      @Steeve Letur It’s a hybrid theme park.

    • Steeve Letur
      Steeve Letur 3 meses atrás +3

      It's not quite a park as it's not a closed space. Appart from a few machines, you can just wander around freely and enjoy the atmosphere.
      If you want to get a ride, or move in a little closer, you have to buy a ticket though.

  • marsrover001
    marsrover001 3 meses atrás

    I had no idea this existed, and now I want one in my city. Big interactive art belongs everywhere.

  • Morgane B _
    Morgane B _ 3 meses atrás

    i grew up and live in this city and it's always fun to remember that this is not a normal sight. we literally had mechanical giants walking around the city and taking naps a few years back and we have a round about on 3 levels made of small sea creatures like that in the summer. and they're planning to build a 12m mechanical tree in a park of the city that is a rehabilitated mining ground. visiting our own city is always fun.

  • thqp
    thqp 3 meses atrás

    Okay, this is FREAKING COOL! If i ever go to France, I have to go there!

  • SoundDrone
    SoundDrone Mês atrás

    I went here today, it was magical. I also saw the Elephant when I was a little kid when it walked trough Antwerp back in 2006. I highly recommend visiting

  • Hans Müller
    Hans Müller 3 meses atrás +49

    I've been there as a child and totally didn't expect this to ever pop up again in my life :D It's an awesome place, highly recommended if you're in the region, especially for kids!

  • janot928
    janot928 3 meses atrás

    Technically you can also ride similar things in Toulouse at the "Halle de la machine" ( they have the minautor and the dragon there)

  • palo
    palo 3 meses atrás

    I know my expectations were too high but it's crushing to find that the elephant doesn't actually "walk" with its own legs.

  • TrygonTBD
    TrygonTBD 3 meses atrás

    Amazing. Amazing. Especially the sustainability you mention - Not only does the income keep the project going year to year, but the infusion of new workers, the training in this incredibly unique skill, and, if all goes well, those workers dispersing like seeds across the world and building the next generation of a new art. It's gonna be an explosive growth, too. Once Boston Dynamics-level tech filters down to the general consumer, we're gonna see versions of this idea that make this incredible video look shockingly primitive.
    Ah, you could make the basic tech apply to such unique local flavor, too. I'd love to see someone build a chainsaw carving bear ride around here, and I'd probably ride it yearly just because I have such pleasant memories of talking to the most grizzled and dirty artists you ever met making those bears as a kid.

  • Ethan Rabiller
    Ethan Rabiller 3 meses atrás

    My grandparents live near here and I've visited it a few times and it's amazing.

  • YoshMaster
    YoshMaster 3 meses atrás +167

    Holy cow (or elephant I guess!) that’s so cool! The entire “park” reminds me of a Jules Verne novel or something!

    • YoshMaster
      YoshMaster 3 meses atrás +5

      @Etienne Lecerf haha wow I guess they did it perfectly as it was the feeling I had the instant I saw the machines!,

    • Etienne Lecerf
      Etienne Lecerf 3 meses atrás +11

      Good instinct, Jules Verne has been credit as the main inspiration by the Machines de l'Île, and many of the machines are at least partly tributes to his work :3

    • Sakyon
      Sakyon 3 meses atrás +13

      There are a lot of things in Nantes that were directly named according to Jules Verne's work actually

    • Abi Gail
      Abi Gail 3 meses atrás +28

      There is a Jules Verne museum across the water from the park...

    • End My Suffering
      End My Suffering 3 meses atrás +49

      That's because it is, Jules Vernes actually studied in the Lycée Clémenceau high school of Nantes, where I studied as well!

  • Oscar
    Oscar 3 meses atrás

    I knew someday Tom would come checkout that elephant! Hope you enjoyed the stay in the city!