Teddy in Television

"The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin"

ABC Special (1986)

ABC Special

In typical 1980's fashion, the blockbuster success of the Teddy Ruxpin talking toy meant a companion television series was not far behind.

Ken Forsse had originally envisioned Teddy Ruxpin as a puppet show. By 1985, Alchemy II was able to leverage its work on Disney's "Welcome to Pooh Corner" to create animatronic costumes for pupeteers to perform in. At the request of ABC, "The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin" debuted as a two-part live-action special. Intended as a pilot episode for a television series, the ABC Special stuck closely to "The Missing Princess" story arc while also introducing elements that would later prove central to the animated series.

"The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin"

Animated Series (1987 - 1988)

"The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin" Animated Series

Proving to be too costly to produce, it was decided that "The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin" would instead become a traditionally animated television series consisting of 65 episodes. Beginning with the re-telling of the plot from the ABC Special, "The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin" would strike a precarious balance as it became a new medium for many of the stories originally told through the talking toy, as well as expanding on the Teddy Ruxpin mythos to become a story of fantasy adventure.

Jim Henson Animated Series

In the Spring of 2018, the Jim Henson company announced a new Teddy Ruxpin series was in development. The as yet untitled project appears to be a complete reboot of the Teddy Ruxpin storyline, giving us a fresh look at Grundo for the first time in over thirty years.