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Big Mouth Billy Bass teams up with Alexa in time for holiday

DALLAS — Kitsch and high-tech are linking up just in time for Christmas.

Big Mouth Billy Bass is programmed to respond to Alexa voice commands through a compatible Amazon Echo device. That means the singing and talking fish will lip synch to Alexa’s responses and will dance to songs from Amazon music. When it’s first plugged in, it will respond “Woo-hoo, that feels good!”

Gemmy Industries product development vice president Steven Harris says “this is not your father’s Big Mouth Billy Bass.” But like the original, it includes the song “Fishin’ Time” and can be mounted on the wall or on an easel.

Big Mouth Billy Bass was first sold in 1999. A developer first connected it to Alexa in 2016.

The new version will be released Saturday for $39.99.

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