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 →

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s 1936 “Puppet Show”

Now this is something that you don’t see everyday…a 1936 short featuring an animated Oswald Rabbit “performing” live action marionettes. Oswald is better known as “Oswald The Lucky Rabbit”, a cartoon character originally created by Walt Disney who was extremely popular in the late 1920s. When Disney famously lost the rights to Oswald in 1928*, a mouse named Mickey took… Read more →