The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
|The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin|
|Created by||Ken Forsse|
|Directed by||Chris Schouten|
Pierre Paquette (credited as Pier Kohl)
|Theme music composer||George Wilkins|
|Country of origin||
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||65|
Christopher J. Brough|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original network||First run syndication|
|Original release||September 15, 1986 – October 23, 1987|
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin is an American/Canadian 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.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Series history
- 3 Characters
- 4 The Seven Crystals of Grundo
- 5 The episodes
- 6 Cast
- 7 VHS/DVD releases
- 8 Original concept
- 9 Impact in popular culture
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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 Dr. 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 known as M.A.V.O. (short for Monsters and Villains Organization). Along the way, Teddy learns the long-lost history of his species and clues to the location of his missing father.
In mid-1986, Atkinson Film-Arts of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada was commissioned to co-produce (with Worlds of Wonder, AlchemyII, and DiC) a 65 episode animated television series based on the World of Teddy Ruxpin characters. The series followed a prior attempt to produce a live-action series which had proved too difficult and expensive. Atkinson was in charge of the principal animation and casting. Of the previous voice actors associated with the Teddy Ruxpin property, only Phil Baron (Teddy) and Will Ryan (Grubby) traveled to Canada to remain part of the cast; most other characters were re-cast with local Canadian voice talent. The series was originally intended to continue after the first series of episodes, but because of economic problems at Worlds of Wonder (the series' primary financial partner), a second set of episodes was not produced while Worlds of Wonder still had rights to the property. Interest remains among the owners of the Teddy Ruxpin property and the fanbase to continue the story originated in the animated series, which ended its 65 episode run in somewhat of a cliffhanger.
The three main protagonists, often referred to collectively in fandom as The Trio:
- Teddy Ruxpin (voiced by Phil Baron): The protagonist of the series. He is a young Illiop (roughly 15) 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, meeting new faces, and having new experiences.
- Grubby (voiced by Will Ryan): Teddy's best friend who is 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 non-Octopedes). Though not the bravest or smartest of Teddy's friends, he always sticks by Teddy.
- Newton Gimmick (voiced by John Stocker): A bald Perloon inventor with a severe stuttering problem and a broad and otherwise questionable definition of "science". Most of his "inventions" either do not work or don't serve any real purpose. He is also somewhat absent-minded. He is usually referred to simply as Gimmick.
- Prince Arin (voiced by Robert Bockstael): 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 heroic trio while searching for his kidnapped sister.
- Princess Aruzia (voiced by Abby Hagyard): 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 (voiced by Pier Kohl): A large furry purple creature who is not very bright, but very helpful and good-hearted. Later revealed to possibly be a Snowzo, a legendary yeti-like species. He is usually referred to simply as Wooly.
- Leota (voiced by Holly Larocque): A strict but kind Woodsprite and schoolteacher. Most of her students are elves and woodsprites, but Wooly joined the class as well.
- Burl Ruxpin (voiced by Phil Baron): 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 (voiced by John Koensgen): 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. He is usually referred to as simply Tweeg. Tweeg has desperately wanted to join M.A.V.O.
- L.B. (voiced by Robert Bockstael): Short for Lead Bounder, L.B. is 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. L.B. constantly calls Tweeg by variations of his name, such as "Twix" or "Twizzle", much to Tweeg's annoyance.
- Quellor (voiced by Les Lye, of You Can't Do That On Television): The Supreme Oppressor of M.A.V.O. He is the main antagonist of the series who sees Illiops as an enemy to his master plan of regaining all six crystals to the one he has in The Black Box. With them, his darkness will reign supremely over the land of Grundo.
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin features a large menagerie of sentient species for its character base:
- Illiops: Brown and bear-like creatures, with kind dispositions.
- Octopedes: Yellow and caterpillar-like creatures with eight legs & orange spots, each with fully formed hands. The first pair are employed as hands, while the rest are used for walking. Are often culturally nocturnal, but have no trouble with a diurnal lifestyle.
- Perloons: Humans who usually are professional in nature (e.g. scientist, doctor, wizard).
- Illipers: The near-relatives to humans but broad-faced with flat noses, who live in a medieval type society. In ancient times, they shared a close association with the civilization of the Illiops.
- Grunges: Relatives of the Illipers but jungle-dwellers with antennae in lieu of ears, who tend to be passionate about their hobbies. There are two distinct cultures: the tough and hardy jungle Grunges, and the laid-back, fun loving hippie-like surf Grunges.
- Fobs: Small, furry, multicolored and penguin-like creatures, sometimes kept as pets.
- Elves: Tiny humanoids with pointy ears and shoes. Share a common culture with the Woodsprites.
- Woodsprites: Tiny humanoids with butterfly-like wings. Share a common culture with the Elves.
- Snowzos: A race of large, white and yeti-like creatures who look more dangerous than they are. Prefer very cold temperatures.
- Bounders: A race of red, round, two-legged creatures with a rhinoceros-like horn on top of their heads, usually sarcastic. They are said by some viewers to resemble Ripto from the Spyro the Dragon series.
- Mudblups: A race of 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 creatures with pointed noses, for them being good means being bad.
- Gutangs: Green and monkey-like creatures who wear brown tribal owl-like armor, usually belligerent.
- Anythings: Small shy creatures able to change into other objects, i.e., carrots, potatoes, other produce. They use their ability to hide. They were previously called Nothings.
The Seven Crystals of Grundo
- The First Crystal (Imagination) – Shrink and Grow
- The Second Crystal (Honesty) – Duplication
- The Third Crystal (Trust) – Invisibility
- The Fourth Crystal (Bravery) – Oxygen Generator
- The Fifth Crystal (Friendship) – Speed Altering
- The Sixth Crystal (Freedom) – Flight Ability
- The Seventh Crystal (The Black Box) – Restore and Erase Memory
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. Some story lines were taken directly from the toy's book & tape story sets, with secondary plots added to increase the running time.
Due to the partnership between Worlds of Wonder and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 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, Corey Feldman and Shalane McCall. The guest would then give young viewers advice on topics such as avoiding strangers, what to do in an emergency, how to respond to inappropriate touching, or running away. A common theme was to talk to a trusted grown up for help.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Treasure of Grundo"||September 15, 1986|
|Teddy and Grubby meet Newton Gimmick, and the three search for the treasure, while Tweeg and L.B. scheme to lead them off course so they can find it first.|
|2||"Beware of the Mudblups"||September 16, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick were captured by Mudblups and put in jail, they met Prince Arin and they escape when the light scared the Mudblups.|
|3||"Guests of the Grunges"||September 17, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick, Prince Arin was at the jungle until they met the Grunges just then, Prince Arin fell into the soup and he is too strong, and was returned to himself.|
|4||"In the Fortress of the Wizard"||September 18, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick, Prince Arin and the Wooly Whatsit met a Wizard and he told them the princess was taken to the hard to find city and, they are going to plan to rescue her.|
|5||"Escape from the Treacherous Mountain"||September 19, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick, Prince Arin and the Princess plot to escape from the Hard To Find City and the Gatang warriors, while finding the Treasure of Grundo.|
|6||"Take a Good Look"||September 22, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick are shrunk little and explore Gimmick's house while Fuzz is chasing them.|
|7||"Grubby's Romance"||September 23, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick are accidentally shrunk and Grubby has a new girlfriend that flew away.|
|8||"Tweeg's Mom"||September 24, 1986|
|Tweeg was off with the five crystals that L.B stole from Gimmick's house and Tweeg is gonna see his Mom (Voiced by Abby Hagyard of You Can't Do That On Television.)|
|9||"The Surf Grunges"||September 25, 1986|
|Tweeg is following Gimmick's team to get the last crystals while Gimmick is fixing his compass and also Teddy is making fake crystals for Tweeg.|
|10||"The New M.A.V.O. Member"||September 26, 1986|
|Tweeg is at M.A.V.O and there is a celebration while Gimmick and his friends are replacing the crystals with fake ones.|
|11||"The Faded Fobs"||September 29, 1986|
|Teddy and Grubby ask for the help of the Wooly Whatsit to get the Fobs' colors back.|
|12||"The Medicine Wagon"||September 30, 1986|
|Tweeg plots to swindle the trio by selling them dubious "magic" potions.|
|13||"Tweeg Gets the Tweezles"||October 1, 1986|
|Tweeg got the Tweezles and Gimmick and his Friends helped him which was only for drinking Rainbow Water|
|14||"The Lemonade Stand"||October 2, 1986|
|Tweeg got better and planned to give other People Tweezles and selling fake Medicine.|
|15||"The Rainbow Mine"||October 3, 1986|
|Teddy solved what was really happening at those two stands and closing the Falls.|
|16||"The Wooly What's-It"||October 6, 1986|
|Wooly saved the Elves and Woodsprites from a Tree and was invited to her Class, Wooly don't understand the Class|
|17||"Sign of a Friend"||October 7, 1986|
|Grubby lost his Voice while the Teacher taught everyone Sign Language.|
|18||"One More Spot"||October 8, 1986|
|Gimmick and his Friends are gonna go on a Picnic while Bugs took away their food, Gimmick and his Friends joined the Bugs when they got captured as Bugs.|
|19||"Elves and Woodsprites"||October 9, 1986|
|Elves and Woodsprites were good friends, until Tweeg started a fight and a fire started at the Theater Tree.|
|20||"Grundo Graduation"||October 10, 1986|
|The Fire continues, Wooly got big again and saved the Show.|
|21||"Double Grubby"||October 13, 1986|
|Gimmick builds a multiplying machine which accidentally creates a duplicate of Grubby, who in term argue with each other.|
|22||"King Nogburt's Castle"||October 14, 1986|
|Teddy and co. receive an invitation to King Nogburt's castle, who is hosting a feast in their honor.|
|23||"The Day Teddy Met Grubby"||October 15, 1986|
|After the heroes stop a group of Gutangs from causing trouble, Teddy and Grubby tell the story of how they met each other.|
|24||"Secret of the Illiops"||October 16, 1986|
|The Gutangs launch an attack against Nogburt's kingdom. After a fierce battle, the heroes find a mysterious book.|
|25||"Through Tweeg's Fingers"||October 17, 1986|
|Wooly arrives just in time to fend off a third Gutang attack and unknowingly brings the antidote so save King Nogburt.|
|26||"Uncle Grubby"||October 20, 1986|
|Teddy, Grubby and Gimmick do research on Fobs. Meanwhile, M.A.V.O. holds a trial against Tweeg for his previous offenses.|
|27||"The Crystal Book"||October 21, 1986|
|28||"Teddy and the Mudblups"||October 22, 1986|
|29||"Win One for the Twipper"||October 23, 1986|
|30||"Tweeg Joins M.A.V.O."||October 24, 1986|
|31||"The Mushroom Forest"||October 27, 1986|
|After coming across a hot desert, Teddy, Grubby, and Gimmick stumble upon the Mushroom Forest, where they meet shy creatures known as Anythings. Meanwhile, the Gutangs barge into Gimmick’s house and stole the blueprints for the Airship.|
|32||"Anything in the Soup"||October 28, 1986|
|33||"Captured"||October 29, 1986|
|The members of M.A.V.O. have built their own version of the Airship. Meanwhile, Teddy, Grubby, Gimmick, and the Anythings come face to face with the villains and get captured. They order Teddy to walk the plank, and Teddy falls to his doom!|
|34||"To the Rescue"||October 30, 1986|
|After surviving the fall from the Airship, Teddy lands into a water and is rescued by a mysterious figure. Meanwhile, the Anythings meet Prince Arin and Princess Aruzia, and asks them for help. Meanwhile, Wooly and Leotta find Teddy resting.|
|35||"Escape from M.A.V.O."||October 31, 1986|
|Teddy wakes up to see Wooly and Leotta beside him, and set off to rescue Grubby, and Gimmick.|
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|36||"Leekee Lake"||September 14, 1987|
|37||"The Third Crystal"||September 15, 1987|
|38||"Up for Air"||September 16, 1987|
|39||"The Black Box"||September 17, 1987|
|40||"The Hard to Find City"||September 18, 1987|
|41||"Octopede Sailors"||September 21, 1987|
|42||"Tweeg the Vegetable"||September 22, 1987|
|43||"Wizard Land"||September 23, 1987|
|44||"The Ying Zoo"||September 24, 1987|
|45||"The Big Escape"||September 25, 1987|
|46||"Teddy Ruxpin's Birthday"||September 28, 1987|
|47||"Wizard Week"||September 29, 1987|
|48||"Air and Water Races"||September 30, 1987|
|49||"The Great Grundo Ground Race"||October 1, 1987|
|50||"A Race to the Finish"||October 2, 1987|
|51||"Autumn Adventure"||October 5, 1987|
|52||"Gimmick's Gizmos and Gadgets"||October 6, 1987|
|53||"Harvest Feast"||October 7, 1987|
|54||"Wooly and the Giant Snowzos"||October 8, 1987|
|55||"Winter Adventure"||October 9, 1987|
|56||"Teddy's Quest"||October 12, 1987|
|57||"Thin Ice"||October 13, 1987|
|58||"Fugitives"||October 14, 1987|
|59||"Musical Oppressors"||October 15, 1987|
|60||"M.A.V.O. Costume Ball"||October 16, 1987|
|The members of M.A.V.O. are having a costume party, and L.B. falls in love with Buffy. Meanwhile, everyone in Grundo is affected by evil due to the effect of the six crystals, and Teddy decides to sneak into M.A.V.O. headquarters to retrieve the six crystals in order to free everyone from evil in Grundo.|
|61||"Father's Day"||October 19, 1987|
|After L.B. explains to Teddy about the Seventh Crystal and learning about its secrets of erasing and restoring memory, he told Gimmick to build their own Black Box, in which they then used on Teddy's father - who with his memory restored, told him of what happened during his absence. Meanwhile, Tweeg's father came to visit his son, and whilst he and L.B. are now M.A.V.O.'s Most Wanted, decided to go with him and spend some time.|
|62||"The Journey Home"||October 20, 1987|
|Teddy, Burl, Grubby, and Gimmick return to Rilonia, where Teddy reunites with his mother and the other Illiops. Grubby also reunites with his Octopede family as well.|
|63||"On the Beaches"||October 21, 1987|
|64||"L.B.'s Wedding"||October 22, 1987|
|Teddy, Grubby, and Gimmick got an invitation for L.B.’s wedding, and everyone in Grundo gathers around.|
|65||"The Mystery Unravels"||October 23, 1987|
|Teddy, Grubby and Gimmick find out the mystery of the seven crystals and the Illiop book, while Quellor plots to recover the seven crystals having obtained one.|
- Phil Baron – Teddy Ruxpin, Burl Ruxpin
- Will Ryan – Grubby, Louie
- John Stocker – Newton Gimmick
- John Koensgen – Jack W. Tweeg, the Wizard of Weegee
- Robert Bockstael – L.B., Prince Arin
- Abby Hagyard – Princess Aruzia, Elanor Tweeg, Eunice
- Pierre Paquette (credited as Pier Kohl) – The Wooly Whatsit, Additional Voices
- Holly Larocque – Leota the Woodsprite
- Les Lye – Quellor, Additional Voices
- Heather Edson – Additional Voices
- Donna Farron – Additional Voices
- Rick Jones – Additional Voices
- Anna MacCormack – Additional Voices
- Doug Stratton – Additional Voices
- Terrence Scammell – Digger, Additional Voices
- Katie Leigh – Additional Voices
- Tony Pope – Additional Voices
- Russi Taylor – Additional Voices
- B.J. Ward – Additional Voices
- Michelle Baron - Ilana Ruxpin, Amanda the Ladybug
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. As of 2010, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print.
As of 2012, Image Entertainment have acquired the rights to the series. On July 10, 2012, they released a 10-disc set featuring all 65 episodes of the series entitled The Complete Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin on DVD in Region 1.
|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|
|The Complete Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin||65||July 10, 2012|
Originally, Alchemy II Inc. had hoped to create a live-action series using animatronic characters, as Ken Forsse had helped Disney do with Welcome to Pooh Corner and Dumbo's Circus. 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 1985 and also aired in syndication as a 2-part episode. The show can be found on videocassette. The "animatronic movie", as it's called by Teddy Ruxpin fans, used primarily the same voice talent as the Teddy Ruxpin toy software had, most of which (with the exception of Phil Baron and Will Ryan) were replaced in the later animated TV series by Canadian voice talent.
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" ; also, the very first underground music shop to open in the nation's capital of Sofia, was and is to this date called MAVO (ОЧЗ), in reference to the antagonistic organization in the cartoon show.
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