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Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic teddy bear invented by Ken Forsse, Larry Larsen and John Davies. He was first produced in 1985 by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder. Teddy would move his mouth and eyes as he read stories via a standard audio tape deck built into his back. There was also a companion toy named Grubby which connected to Teddy via a cable; this allowed the two some (minimal) interaction. As well, there were several other non-animatronic companion toys and characters such as the bird-like Fobs, a hand puppet with a sock-like, extendable neck. Image File history File links Tr_box. ... Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ken Forsse (September, 1936) is an American inventor, writer and producer who created the hit toy Teddy Ruxpin and created and produced the subsequent animated series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Worlds of Wonder or WoW was a 1980s American toy company, founded by former Atari employees, including Don Kingsborough. ... Audio storage refers to techniques and formats used to store audio with the goal to reproduce the audio later using audio signal processing to something that resembles the original. ...


Despite the success of Teddy Ruxpin, WoW filed for bankruptcy in 1988 in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash. The toy line was sold to Playskool, which produced it from the late 1980s to 1996 using the redesign that had been implemented by WoW. This Teddy Ruxpin was smaller and used special cartridges instead of cassette tapes. Unfortunately, this cartridge system proved to be easily damaged. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... DJIA (19 July 1987 through 19 January 1988) FTSE 100 Index (19 July 1987 through 19 January 1988) Black Monday is the name given to Monday, October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell dramatically, and on which similar enormous drops occurred across the world. ... Playskool is a toy brand owned by Hasbro. ... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ...


In 1998, Yes! Entertainment brought Teddy Ruxpin back to stores for a third time. The toy's size was the same as the Playskool version, and Yes! Entertainment returned to using the standard cassette tape. This venture was short-lived, however, as Yes! Entertainment's corporate management and financial troubles ultimately resulted in AlchemyII withdrawing the licensing for Teddy.


In 2005 Backpack Toys announced a fourth version of Teddy Ruxpin, which replaces the audio tapes with digital cartridges. Teddy is currently available via retailers and online retail channels. [1] In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ...

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Voice Actors

Teddy Ruxpin is voiced by Phil Baron who left the entertainment industry in the 1990s to become a Cantor. Baron is currently the only voice actor officially associated with the property as (so far) Teddy Ruxpin has been the only character in the storyline that required updated voice recordings for new projects. Will Ryan voiced Grubby in the 1980s and returned as Grubby in the early 1990s for a musical project. The late Tony Pope was the original voice of Newton Gimmick. Pope, as well as other voice actors who provided voice talent for AlchemyII in the 1980s, did not reprise their roles in the television series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin because production moved to Canada. Baron and Ryan have provided the voices of Teddy and Grubby respectively in every Teddy Ruxpin incarnation and project since 1985. Ryan also voiced the character of Tweeg in the adventure series but was replaced by John Koensgen for the television series. Phil Baron (November 14, 1953) is an American voice actor who voiced Piglet in the Disney Channel live-action/puppet television series Welcome to Pooh Corner. ... Look up cantor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Will Ryan is a voice actor originally from Cleveland, Ohio. ... Tony Pope (1947 - February 11, 2004) was a voice actor. ... The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin is an animated television series based on the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear created by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder. ...


How Teddy Ruxpin talks

A normal (non-Teddy) cassette tape is designed for stereo playback with two distinct tracks on each side for the left and right speakers. In contrast, a Teddy Ruxpin cassette uses the two tracks differently: the left track contains the audio, while the right track encodes the toy's movements. A special hole in the top of the cassette tells the teddy bear that the right track contains movement data. This hole is similar to a standard cassette's write protection notch, but closer to the center. If the notch is not present, the player assumes that a normal cassette is being played, and avoids interpreting the right track as movements (which would cause the bear to malfunction, as it is not designed to translate the audio levels in a standard audio book into jaw movements). Normal stereo tape decks use this notch to detect a high bias cassette. Write protection, (also known as record protection) is a mechanism that prevents erasure of valuable data by the accidental recording or storing of new data. ... Cassette recording of Patrick OBrians The Mauritius Command An audio book is a recording of the contents of a book read aloud. ...


Teddy Ruxpin movement data is encoded as a series of rapid pulse groups known as Pulse-position modulation. The data track contains continuous groups of nine pulses separated by silence. The spacing between pulses varies, and the length of each space determines the following characteristics (each of which is assigned to one of the "time slots" between two of the pulses): position of Teddy's eyes, upper jaw, lower jaw, and (if Grubby is attached) the position of Grubby's eyes, upper jaw and lower jaw. If the cassette is played in a normal cassette player, one would hear both the program recorded on it, as well as a buzzing noise - this "buzzing" is the pulse-position modulation. Pulse-position modulation is a form of signal modulation in which M message bits are encoded by transmitting a single pulse in one of possible time-shifts. ...


One of the slots is also assigned as a switch to route the audio through Grubby instead of Teddy, and is activated during Grubby's parts of the dialogue. If Grubby is not attached, then the audio plays through Teddy.


The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin

"The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin" was a television series that ran from 1987-1988. The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin is an animated television series based on the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear created by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder. ...


Teddy Ruxpin leaves his homeland in Rillonia with his friend Grubby in search of adventure. They meet up with an inventor named Newton Gimmick who accompanies them on their quest for the Treasure of Grundo. What the trio unexpectedly find are six crystals with different meanings and powers. These crystals, however, also can enable the Monsters and Villains Organization (MAVO) to have absolute power over the land, and their leader, Quellor, wants to make sure that an Illiop never possesses the crystals. Elsewhere, a less pronounced threat also routinely besieges the trio, the wannabe villain Jack W. Tweeg, a greedy troll/grunge who has his eyes on joining MAVO. The sixty five episode series unfolds gradually as the Trio meet interesting and often friendly creatures while visiting intriguing lands and going on wondrous, yet wholesome, adventures.


References in other media

  • In the episode of "Urban Legends: origins" [2] the supposed "origin" of the bear is told in an entertaining ghost story fashion.
  • During some of the pirate sequences of earlier episodes of the TV show Meltdown, a Teddy Ruxpin can be seen among Hubbard's belongings. Teddy Ruxpin is also parodied in an unrelated story arc in the episode "Analog Cabin," in which various bizarre demo tapes are fed into a Teddy Ruxpin-type toy, causing it to run amok. Later, a tape of the show's theme music causes the toy to self-destruct. The technology of the actual Teddy Ruxpin was somewhat sidestepped, as (presumably for comedic purposes) the facial features of the toy responded to regular audio cassettes.
  • Teddy Ruxpin is referenced in the song 100% Dundee by Philadelphia based hip-hop outfit The Roots.
  • Teddy Ruxpin is referenced in the song "It's Ok, But Just This Once" by Gym Class Heroes
  • Teddy Ruxpin is referenced in the song "Future Kid" by Kara's Flowers
  • The toy is held and played with by Tim Allen in an episode of Home Improvement.
  • In a 1987 episode of Mama's Family, Mama character refers to her neighbor's stuffed talking cat as "Kitty Ruxpin"
  • An episode of Robot Chicken features David Letterman doing a Top 10 "things you'd never hear from Eddy Buttskins", accompanied with a similar talking teddy bear.
  • The bear is referred to in Penny Arcade's June 14, 2002[3], July 4, 2007,[4] and July 6, 2007[5] comic strips.

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References

  1. Teddy Ruxpin goes digital. CNN. Retrieved on June 16, 2005.
  2. The UNofficial Teddy Ruxpin Frequently Asked Questions website. TRFAQ. Retrieved on August 1, 1994.

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Teddy Ruxpin - About Teddy (148 words)
20 years ago Teddy Ruxpin won the hearts of millions of children, parents, and grandparents everywhere.
With every story he tells, Teddy has lots of fun places to share and lots of new friends for you to meet.
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Teddy Ruxpin Information (724 words)
Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic teddy bear invented by Ken Forsse, Larry Larsen and John Davies.
Teddy Ruxpin cassettes contain both the audio that Teddy Ruxpin will play, along with an encoding of how his mouth and eyes will move during playback, so that his lips (and Grubby's, when connected) move in sync with the appropriate dialogue.
Teddy Ruxpin movement data is encoded as a series of rapid pulse groups known as Pulse-position modulation.
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