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The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
Genre Animated series
Created by Ken Forsse
Written by Marry Crawford
Derek Diorio
Directed by Chris Schouten
Voices of Phil Baron
Will Ryan
John Stocker
John Koensgen
Robert Bockstael
Les Lye
Abby Hagyard
Pier Kohl
Holly Larocque
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65
Production
Producer(s) Christopher J. Brough
Jean Chalopin
Alison Clayton
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Atkinson Film-Arts
DiC Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run September 14, 1987 – December 11, 1987

The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin is an animated television series based on Teddy Ruxpin, an animatronic teddy bear created by Ken Forsse and distributed by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder. It was produced for television syndication by DiC with Atkinson Film-Arts using many of the same voice actors used in the book-and-tape series that was made for the eponymous animatronic toy. While some of the stories used in the TV series were adapted from the books, many were original and greatly expanded upon the world established there. The series differed from traditional children's animation in that most of its 65 episodes were serialized rather than in traditional episodic form.

In the United States, the series was originally syndicated by LBS Communications. Today, all international distribution rights to the series are held by Don Taffner's DLT Entertainment.

Contents

Plot summary

The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin follows young Teddy Ruxpin as he leaves his home on the island of Rillonia with his best friend Grubby to follow an ancient map which leads him to find a collection of crystals on the mainland of Grundo. With the help of his new friend Newton Gimmick, Teddy and Grubby discover the magical powers of what turns out to be an ancestral treasure as well as an organization with ambitions to use it for evil. Along the way, Teddy learns the long-lost history of his species and clues to the location of his missing father. [1]

Characters

Species

The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin features a large menagerie of sentient species for its character base:

  • Illiops, brown and bear-like, with kind dispositions.
  • Octopedes, orange and caterpillar-like with eight legs, each with fully-formed hands.
  • Perlunes, humans, who usually are professional in nature (eg scientist, doctor, wizard).
  • Illipers, near-relatives to humans but broad-faced with flat noses, who live in a medieval type society.
  • Grunges, relatives of the illipers but jungle-dwellers with antennae in lieu of ears, who tend to be passionate about their hobbies.
  • Fobs, small, furry, multicolored and penguin-like, sometimes kept as pets.
  • Elves, tiny humanoids with pointy ears and shoes.
  • Woodsprites, tiny humanoids with wings.
  • Snowzos, large, white and yeti-like, who look more dangerous than they are.
  • Bounders, red, round, two-legged and rhinoceros-like, usually sarcastic. Said by some viewers to resemble Goombas from Super Mario Brothers.
  • Mudblups, large and lumpy animated blobs of mud, dull witted and slow moving but very strong. Sensitive to bright light, since all of their lives are spent underground.
  • Trolls, green, thin, and with pointed noses, for them being good means being bad.
  • Gutangs, green and monkey-like who wear brown tribal-like armor, usually belligerent.

Main characters

The three main protagonists, often referred to collectively in fandom as The Trio:

  • Teddy Ruxpin, a young illiop whose father disappeared when he was a child. He comes to Grundo to follow a treasure map. Like other Illiops, he is kind and friendly. He loves adventure.
  • Grubby, an octopede about Teddy's age. They are best friends. Noted for his large appetite, he is fond of cooking and eating root stew and other foods made from roots (which usually do not taste good to most people). Though not the bravest or smartest of Teddy's friends, he always sticks by Teddy.
  • Newton Gimmick (usually referred to simply as Gimmick), a bald inventor with a slight stuttering problem and a broad and otherwise questionable definition of "science". He is also somewhat absent-minded.

Their most recurring allies include the following:

  • Prince Arin: The brave illiper son of the king and queen of Grundo. He lives at Grundo Castle and speaks with a British-sounding accent. He first met the trio while searching for his kidnapped sister.
  • Princess Aruzia: Prince Arin's younger sister who has a sweet demeanor. Though a princess, she does not mind doing work. Wooly apparently has a crush on her.
  • The Wooly Whatsit (usually referred to simply as Wooly): A large furry purple creature who is not very bright, but very helpful and good-hearted. Later revealed to be a snowzo.
  • Leota: A strict but kind woodsprite and schoolteacher. Most of her students are elves and woodsprites, but Wooly joined the class as well.
  • Burl Ruxpin: Teddy's long-lost father. An Illiop who lost his memory a long time ago, but regained his identity toward the end of the series.

There are three main antagonists:

  • Jack W. Tweeg (usually referred to as simply Tweeg), a troll/grunge hybrid and an evil wizard-wannabe who thinks he has a recipe to turn buttermilk into gold. He is very suspicious and often spies on Gimmick from his tower.
  • L.B. (short for Lead Bounder), a sarcastic bounder who usually acts as Tweeg's henchman. L.B. does not show a particularly high degree of loyalty or intelligence, but has enough sense to know that Tweeg's schemes never work.
  • Quellor, the Supreme Oppressor of the Monsters And Villains Organization (M.A.V.O.) which Tweeg desperately wants to join.

Cast

(Note: In the tape & book series and the animetronic pilot episode, Tony Pope voiced Gimmick, Will Ryan voiced Tweeg (and Wooly), Katie Leigh voiced Princess Aruzia, and Russi Taylor voiced Leota.)

The Episodes

Overview

Although the series is mostly serialized, it is further broken down into weekly story arcs which involve visiting a different part of Grundo or exploring a major plot thread.

When the series was originally syndicated, each episode included a short segment called "Protect Yourself" which ran after a teaser for the next episode and prior to the credits. It featured an animated Teddy Ruxpin on a live-action set, who would introduce contemporary child stars such as Jason Bateman, Brice Beckham, Tiffany Brissette, Shannen Doherty and Corey Feldman. The guest would then give young viewers advice on topics such as avoiding strangers, what to do in an emergency, or how to respond to inappropriate touching.

Episode list

  1. The Treasure of Grundo
  2. Beware of the Mudblups
  3. Guests of the Grunges
  4. In the Fortress of the Wizard
  5. Escape from the Treacherous Mountain
  6. Take a Good Look
  7. Grubby's Romance
  8. Tweeg's Mom
  9. The Surf Grunges
  10. The New M.A.V.O. Member
  11. The Faded Fobs
  12. The Medicine Wagon
  13. Tweeg Gets the Tweezles
  14. The Lemonade Stand
  15. The Rainbow Mine
  16. The Wooly What's-It
  17. Sign of a Friend
  18. One More Spot
  19. Elves and Woodsprites
  20. Grundo Graduation
  21. Double Grubby
  22. King Nogburt's Castle
  23. The Day Teddy Met Grubby
  24. Secret of the Illiops
  25. Through Tweeg's Fingers
  26. Uncle Grubby
  27. The Crystal Book
  28. Teddy and the Mudblups
  29. Win One for the Twipper
  30. Tweeg Joins M.A.V.O.
  31. The Mushroom Forest
  32. Something in the Soup
  33. Captured
  34. To the Rescue
  35. Escape from M.A.V.O.
  36. Leekee Lake
  37. The Third Crystal
  38. Up for Air
  39. The Black Box
  40. The Hard to Find City
  41. Octopede Sailors
  42. Tweeg the Vegetable
  43. Wizardland
  44. The Ying Zoo
  45. The Big Escape
  46. Teddy Ruxpin's Birthday
  47. Wizardweek
  48. Air and Water Races
  49. The Great Grundo Ground Race
  50. A Race to the Finish
  51. Autumn Adventure
  52. Gimmick's Gizmos and Gadgets
  53. Harvest Feast
  54. Wooly and the Giant Snowzos
  55. Winter Adventure
  56. Teddy's Quest
  57. Thin Ice
  58. Fugitives
  59. Musical Oppressors
  60. M.A.V.O. Costume Ball
  61. Father's Day
  62. The Journey Home
  63. On the Beaches
  64. L.B.'s Wedding
  65. The Mystery Unravels

DVD releases

In February 2006 First National Pictures released two volumes of the series (11 episodes) on DVD. Two additional volumes were to be released to complete the series but for unknown reasons they were never released.

In January 2008, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series; they subsequently released all 65 episodes in three volume sets. On January 27, 2009, Mill Creek Entertainment released a 6-disc complete series box set featuring all 65 episodes on DVD for the very first time.[2]

DVD Name Ep# Release Date
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Six Crystals 20 January 15, 2008
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Mysteries of Hard to Find City 20 May 6, 2008
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Return to Rillonia 25 July 22, 2008
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Come Dream With Me - Complete Series 65 January 27, 2009

Original idea

Originally, AlchemyII Inc. had hoped to create a live-action series using animatronic characters, as Ken Forsse had helped Disney do with Welcome to Pooh Corner. However, due to production costs and difficulties in this format, Forsse, AlchemyII and Worlds of Wonder decided animation would be a better route and the 65 episode animated series was created. The pilot episode of what would have been the animatronic series was instead released as a stand-alone ABC Movie of the week in 1986 and can be found on videocassette.[3] Also, they used the same voice actors from the book-and-tape series instead of Canadian voice talent like in the cartoon (and most DiC cartoons in the late 1980s and early 1990s).

Impact in popular culture

The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (Мечето Ръкспин), was one of the very first western cartoon shows to be seen by the population of Bulgaria in the late 1980s. The influence of this show can be seen in the text of the then modern post-punk band REVIEW (РЕВЮ)and their song "Teddy Ruxpin" [1] ; also the very first underground music shop to open in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, was and is to this date called MAVO (ОЧЗ),[4] in reference to the antagonistic organization in the cartoon show.

References

  1. ^ Lovable Teddy Ruxpin evolves from toy to animated star of his own half-hour program thanks to Crawley Films, Toronto Star - Oct 31, 1987
  2. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Adventures-Teddy-Ruxpin-The-Complete-Series/10910
  3. ^ "The Interview with Ken Forsse". Josh Isaacson, Teddy Ruxpin Online. http://www.teddyruxpinonline.org/ken.html. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  4. ^ http://www.novinar.net/?act=news&act1=det&stat=center&mater=Mjc3MDszMw==&sql=Mjc3MDs1MA==

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