Teddy Ruxpin

Remembering Teddy Ruxpin creator Ken Forsse (1936-2014)

I was sorry to learn that inventor and television producer Ken Forsse has passed away at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness. Ken was best known as the creator of the popular talking teddy bear Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980s, but few people realize he was also an early pioneer in animatronics and that his famous talking teddy was originally conceived for a puppet show almost a quarter century earlier. Read more →

Lewis Mahlmman

Remembering Lewis Mahlmann (1927-2014)

While we were in the midst of building several hand puppets for PuppetVision: The Movie earlier today, I saw some sad news pop up on Facebook…American puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann had passed away. Although Lewis’ name might not be well-known internationally, he was a puppetry legend in California thanks to his decades of work at one of America’s first themed amusement… Read more →

Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

Pauline Benton: Shadow Woman

I had a nice little surprise waiting for me at my local library today. While returning some books that I had borrowed, I discovered a book I had been eagerly anticipating was finally waiting for me on the pick-up shelf, Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton, a book about the pioneering woman who brought Chinese shadow puppetry to North America. Read more →