Earl Kenneth "Ken" Forsse is the visionary creator of the World of Teddy Ruxpin. Using a lifetime's knowledge in engineering and animatronics, Forsse and his team at Alchemy II managed to take technology previously reserved for world-class theme parks and shrink it to fit inside the world's first animated talking toy.
Much of Forsse's life and career has been left to speculation and shrouded in mystery. From his early years at Walt Disney Animation Studios, an Imagineer who helped designed many of Disneyland's iconic attractions, to his work with Sid and Marty Krofft, Ken's fingerprints can be found on virtually any aspect of Americana. In between these more famous projects, Ken and a handful of like-minded partners would develop "The Adventures of Simian Greep", a vision for a children's puppet show that would eventually evolve into Teddy Ruxpin.
Teddy would become Ken's most famous work, spawning an industry-changing toy, a television series, and a line of entertainment spanning the length of Forsse's lifetime and beyond.
Born on September 17, 1936, Ken Forsse passed away on March 19, 2014.
In 2018, documentarian Billy Tooma began research on his film, Ken Forsse: Come Dream with Me Tonight. With the support of the Forsse Family and Alchemy II, and culling over 30 interviews from many of Ken's colleagues, peers, friends, family, and fans, the film looks to become the most comprehensive overview of Ken Forsse's life and career. The documentary will be released on YouTube in Fall 2021.
“The internet helped solidify [Ken’s] creativity and your documentary will stabilize and make permanent his legacy with Teddy Ruxpin.”
- Jan Hornbeck Forsse