Ken Forsse

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Ken Forsse
Born Earl Kenneth Forsse
(1936-09-25)September 25, 1936
Bellwood, Nebraska
Died March 19, 2014(2014-03-19) (aged 77)
Laguna Woods, California
Known for Creator of Teddy Ruxpin[1]

Earl Kenneth "Ken" Forsse (September 25, 1936 – March 19, 2014) was an American inventor, author, and producer who created the hit toy Teddy Ruxpin and the subsequent animated series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.[2][3]

After working for The Walt Disney Company, Sid & Marty Krofft Entertainment and other entertainment companies, he founded Alchemy II, Inc. One of Alchemy II's first projects was building the animatronic characters used on the television shows Welcome to Pooh Corner and Dumbo's Circus. Forsse and his team then brought Teddy Ruxpin to the marketplace. Teddy Ruxpin became the top selling toy of 1985 and 1986[4][5] and was made by Worlds of Wonder.

In 2005, Alchemy II made an agreement with toy manufacturer BackPack Toys to have Teddy Ruxpin back on the shelves yet again and the toy made a successful return in 2006 before eventually being discontinued again in 2010. In addition, the animated TV series was released for the first time on DVD in 2008.[6]

Forsse died from congestive heart failure on March 19, 2014, aged 77.[7][8]

Forsse was not only one of the co-creators of Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction, but was also contracted by the Sid & Marty Krofft organization to design a haunted house attraction for their (short-lived) theme park in Atlanta.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bates, James (January 19, 1988). "Problems of Toy's Producer Leave Its Creator in a Bind". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  2. ^ Goldstein, Alan (November 24, 1985). "Alchemy II Makes Technology Cuddly Company Tries to Conjure Up Cash With New Talking Bear". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ Lovable Teddy Ruxpin evolves from toy to animated star of his own half-hour program thanks to Crawley Films, Toronto Star - October 31, 1987
  4. ^ Teddy Ruxpin Earns Top Spot in 2006 Toy Awards, PRWeb, September 21, 2006. Accessed February 27, 2008.
  5. ^ Barmash, Isadore. "Talking Deals", The New York Times, March 19, 1987. Accessed February 27, 2008.
  6. ^ "He's Back! BackPack Toys Awakens Teddy Ruxpin from Hibernation", Business Wire, May 24, 2005. Accessed February 27, 2008.
  7. ^ "Teddy Ruxpin's Creator, Ken Forsse, Passes Away". NBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ken Forsse, inventor of Teddy Ruxpin talking toy bear, dies at 77". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Last December 28th, 2013, my wife Zahava and I got the opportunity to visit…". Plus.google.com. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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