The World of Teddy Ruxpin

Adventure Series

"The Mushroom Forest"

You Can Be Anything You Want To Be.

We learned to be brave, and we learned to b-b-be friends!

Overview

“The Mushroom Forest” is a story from the World of Teddy Ruxpin Adventure Series. It was released for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Worlds of Wonder and Playskool Teddy Ruxpin talking toys. The story introduces The Anythings and The Mushroom Forest. It would be adapted to an episode of “The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin” animated series of the same name.

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Production Number
  • 24
  • Chronological Order
  • 17

  • Story By
  • Phil Baron
  • Illustrated By
  • David High
  • Russell Hicks
  • Douglas McCarthy
  • Allyn Conley/Gorniak
  • Julie Ann Armstrong
  • Rivka
  • Matthew Bates
  • Fay Whitemountain
  • Marilyn Gage
  • Art Directors
  • Ken Forsse
  • David High
  • Music Composer/Producer
  • George Wilkins
  • Lyrics
  • Phil Baron
  • Ken Forsse
  • Production Supervisors
  • Don Reidel
  • Bill Barber
  • Director
  • Larry Larsen
  • Script Coordinator
  • Mary Becker
  • Story Editor
  • Ken Forsse
  • Mary Becker
  • Technical Director
  • Bardley Hartman
  • Sound Engineer
  • Bradley Hartman
  • Sound Effects
  • Zound FX
  • Animation Programming
  • Tom Eure
  • George Ryan
  • Musicians
  • Ray Colcord (Synthesizer Orchestration)
  • Ernest Eugene McDaniel
  • Sol Gubin
  • Laurence Juber
  • Voices
  • Phil Baron
  • Will Ryan
  • Tony Pope
  • Russi Taylor
  • Lynn Langham
  • With Special Thanks to the Entire Alchemy II Staff


    Value

    “This story shows the value of self-esteem and how friends can help you to see yourself in a positive way.”

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    Summary

    When Teddy and Grubby agree to help Gimmick conduct research in the Great Desert, they quickly become exhausted from the heat. Teddy suggests they take a visit to the nearby Mushroom Forest, where they meet the mysterious Nothings: creatures with no shape of their own. Teddy and his friends convince the Nothings that they should be called Anythings, because they can be anything they want!

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    Synopsis

    Teddy is almost too hot to tell a story. He and Grubby are helping Gimmick study rock formations in the middle of the Great Desert in the middle of summer! Teddy tricks Grubby into singing with him to help forget about the heat (“It’s So Hot”). When that doesn’t seem to help, Teddy convinces Gimmick that they should visit the Mushroom Forest: a nearby forest that is cool all year round. Gimmick agrees, and they set off.

    As they disembark the Airship, Gimmick trips over a rock...or rather, a bush. He’s certain it was a rock a moment ago, but Teddy and Grubby clearly see a small bush. Grubby decides to recline on a giant mushroom, which suddenly moves aside!

    Teddy tries to communicate with the mushroom, which begins to stammer sheepishly. Gimmick and Grubby try to reassure the mushroom, but when Teddy asks who the mushroom is, it stutters nervously that it is “Nothing at all,” and asks to please be left alone. Grubby asks what the “Nothing”’s name is, to which the mushroom replies, “This”.

    “This” explains that he is a member of a group of creatures who have dubbed themselves “Nothings” because they have no permanent shape to call their own: a trait that comes in handy when they want to hide. And they usually do, because they are extremely shy creatures. The other Nothings are camouflaged into their surroundings, hiding. “This” is apparently the first Nothing to talk to anyone outside the Mushroom Forest since his great-grandfather, Timid the Brave, spoke to a Fob nearly a century before!

    As the three friends try to discover the other Nothings, they slowly begin to present themselves. As the Nothings are revealed, Teddy greets them and the Nothings respond politely. Two other Nothings introduce themselves as “That” and “The Other”.

    “This” invites Teddy, Grubby, and Gimmick to play a game of Hide and Seek, which the three eagerly agree to (“Hide and Seek”). It falls to Grubby to count and try and find the others, but everyone gets away and he is unable to identify the Nothings because they are so well concealed into their surroundings. He eventually gives up and the Nothings pop out of hiding.

    The Nothings decide to put on a show for their new friends, transforming into many different shapes and objects. The Nothings explain that they didn’t always live in the Mushroom Forest, but it’s an easier place to hide amid all the flora and fauna.

    After witnessing the Nothings’ powers, Teddy suggests that they don’t call themselves “Nothings” anymore. Since they can turn into anything they want, Teddy suggests they call themselves “Anythings” (“You Are An Anything”).

    Empowered by the support of their new friends, the Anythings gleefully accept their new name and even make Teddy, Grubby, and Gimmick honorary Anythings, since they can be anything they want! Having learned bravery and friendship, the Anythings bid farewell to the Trio, who set sail for home (“You Are An Anything (Reprise)”).

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