Tag Archive for Full Body Costume Puppets

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 →

Animatronic Troll head built for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel’s Animatronic Troll

The reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters haven’t been kind, but one aspect of the movie that does look very impressive is this fantastic animatronic troll head that was made for the movie by Spectral Motion. You can briefly see it in action in this clip from the film: Spectral Motion creates some remarkable practical effects. You can see… Read more →

Still from the Adventure of Superpup

The Adventures of Superpup

One of the most popular TV shows in the early days of television was The Adventures of Superman in the 1950s. Then as now, Hollywood was always looking for a way to extend a lucrative franchise and the Superman producers hit upon the idea of launching a spin-off/spoof called The Adventures of Superpup. Essentially, the idea was to make a Superman TV show,… Read more →