Post by Josh Isaacson on Oct 5, 2016 7:27:42 GMT -7
Thank you for your concern. I am glad you enjoy TRO and don't want it to go away.
Unfortunately there are things happening out of my control. Rather than fight, and have what has always been a joy tarnished with a negative memory, I am going to create something new - in fact we envision an entire new kind of fan community. What it will be called, and exactly what it will entail, is still up in the air.
Rest assured the forums are going nowhere and there will be some sort of website that will still lead people to them
Post by Josh Isaacson on Oct 4, 2016 14:12:23 GMT -7
Hope you do join, DollyPrince.
Being a member doesn't allow anyone to see anything on your profile that's not already public. And, the group is closed so no spam bots or other unwanteds will come our way..
I've had my full name posted on my website since 1998, and never incurred any problems. In fact I once got an email about Teddy from a person I went to high school with, who never thought I would be the same guy she knew
Just a little reassurance. Certainly do what you feel most comfortable
Post by Josh Isaacson on Oct 3, 2016 14:58:59 GMT -7
Glad you joined, Lachlan.
I think this is a unique combo for discussion amongst the same members. Facebook tends to be a place where people (including myself) go to digest information quickly. Share a quick photo, etc. and have that accessible for Teddy while still being able to do the same with other friends and interests in that platform. the boards are a place where I come when I want to really devote time and energy to a topic.
As far as the Teddy Ruxpin page currently ran by me, it is great for a point of contact for new fans who may not be as fanatical as us. More passive fans need a place to occasionally indulge in some TR, too. I think we have it all this way
Post by Josh Isaacson on Oct 3, 2016 9:20:30 GMT -7
Christmas '86. I was 2.5 at the time. Still remember seeing the commercial - the one with the Englishman voice over.
"The only thing he captures... is a Child's imagination."
I think that commercial sums up what Teddy is, not just as a plush toy with servo motors - but way more importantly, as a benevolent, genuine character in a fantasy/adventure epic that also teaches you a lot of lessons - without you ever realizing you're "learning."
The TV series only heightened my devotion. While a faithful companion to the WoW audiobooks, it also added a lot of depth and humor to the characters. I find it just as entertaining, if not even greater - as an adult. Who HASN'T worked with a guy like Ickley Bognostraclum - or been the victim of the equivalent of a Ying Troll.
I wasn't exposed to the ABC Movie until I was nearing adulthood, but I think it's one of the most adventurous examples of a film - especially something for TV - to be produced in it's time period, both in storyline and production. The fine detail that went into the props, set design and of course the invention of what Ken called the "walkaround" animated costumes, was groundbreaking. Ken and AlchemyII were of course responsible for an earlier edition of these on "Welcome to Pooh Corner" for Disney, but they compounded on those ideas significantly for Teddy's first TV production. As Len Levitt, who played Wooly in the movie (and later helped develop the animated series) told me - "It was groundbreaking. We knew we really had something. But of course in show business, everybody wants to do it the way everybody else is doing it - so we got an animated series. We're still mad about that. Someday, maybe we will get over it."
I doubt I will ever have children of my own, but I dream of one day being part of helping to showcase how wonderful this story is to the general populace. Thanks to bad business decisions by the people at Worlds of Wonder, most never had the chance to find out originally. Teddy combines elements found in stories like Lord of The Rings, Star Trek, The Muppets and Forrest Gump, and finds and combines a balance of fantasy and heart, to tell a story that is one of a kind remarkable.
"A Friend For Life That Comes To Life." was a gift that keeps on giving
Post by Josh Isaacson on Oct 2, 2016 12:51:10 GMT -7
Having had the pleasure to be present with Phil on several occasions over the past three years, I can say he definitely can do Teddy's voice as if no time has passed. In fact, during the couple of times he's done so in my presence, it's like being taken back to my childhood.
Phil is a genuine, benevolent, talented and bright person. We are very fortunate that life presented him the opportunity to be Teddy. It wouldn't be the same without him.
Post by Josh Isaacson on Oct 2, 2016 12:43:52 GMT -7
I helped Alchemy consolidate some archives in 2014. I had my hands on the Gimmick prototype, the original Teddy prototype and a lot of other coolness.
Unfortunately I can't share any pictures at this time.
I just wanted to verify that there was one, and that he was a great rendition of the character, as seen in the books and cartoons.
I own two plaster mockups, (about the size of the WoW Grubby and The Yes! Teddy) of Teddy and Grubby that were used to create the action figures that went with The Airship. One of the Fob characters from the ABC TV movie, and maybe one or two other things that would be unique to share. There will be a new website coming from me next year. Maybe I will put those up there.
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My friend sent me this... and it really annoys me...
Well... I'm breaking my silence on the issue a little bit with this...
I won't speak for anyone else. However - as, certainly, the moderator of the largest Teddy Ruxpin community on the internet - I have never heard from them. A question, to ask for a suggestion, nor even an email saying "Hey! We're launching this today."