Once upon a time as a young lad, I had a faithful friend in Teddy Ruxpin. Like many young children of that golden era known as the 80s, my talking friend kept me and my friends entertained for countless hours. And then, much to the collective joy and excitement of so many, it was revealed that Teddy Ruxpin would be receiving his very own cartoon show. There was much exuberance in the depths of my young heart. However, when the show began to hit the airwaves, I was devastated to discover that it was placed in a time slot in which I would be unable to make it home in time from school. Every day I would run home as fast as I could, only to turn on the TV just in time for the end credits. Curse those big shot TV producers and their idiotic scheduling! If only I was old enough to know how to program the VCR! And so I never really got to see Teddy's cartoon show, other than the first pilot episodes which were often aired on Saturdays to attract viewers.
Decades past. Finally, one day as an adult I manage to acquire the complete series of Teddy Ruxpin cartoons. With waited anticipation I slowly begin my journey through all 65 episodes. I expected a nice little trip down the memory lane of my childhood. Instead, I received so much more.
Teddy Ruxpin is (and I'm saying this as an adult here*) a phenomenal work in writing and storytelling. Yes, I realize I'm talking about a children's cartoon from the 80s, but this is no ordinary children's show. I was constantly amazed at the world that these people created, and the creativity that went into it. I found myself constantly looking forward to the next episode, excited to see what these writers decided to develop next in this colorful Land of Grundo.
THIS is the kind of creative and inspiring story telling that I wish there was more of for today's youth. They just don't make them like this anymore. It is a truly impressive body of work.
I highly recommend the Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin to old fans, new fans, and anyone who enjoys well crafted storytelling and creativity. I finally got to see it for the first time as an adult, and I was seriously impressed. Go buy it. Buy it for your kids. Heck, buy it for yourself. You can all enjoy this one.
*Disclaimer: I realize that the fact that I am a grown adult reviewing a children's cartoon from the 80s may somewhat tarnish my credibility with some readers... So let me state for the record that I am not a crazed or rabid fanboy. I don't live with my parents. I have a job and I'm actually a pretty cool guy. The show really is just that good. So there ya go.