Believe it or not, there was a time where speaking robotic toys weren't commonplace. In the '80s, a certain singing, talkative bear named Teddy Ruxpin was king of the toy box. But what do tech savvy kids of today think of this bear who just wants to entertain them?
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Invented by Disney animator Ken Forsse and released by Worlds of Wonder in 1985, Teddy Ruxpin has been in production in various incarnations by different toy companies up until 2010. It reigned as the best-selling toy in 1985, with over 41,000 sold in a month after debuting.
The original Teddy Ruxpin played special tapes that contained channels with separate audio tracks that held animation data. This data would signal the tape to make the toy's mouth move. Of course, tinkerers found the toy to be very hackable.
"The toy is not as common as we think today," Benny Fine told Crave. Because these kids have been exposed to so much technology their whole lives, "it makes the experience of Teddy an odd one since he is so limited, yet still is something they can understand."
"It's interesting to see how creepy so many found him," Benny said. "Then again, I was afraid of the animatronics at Chuck E Cheese when I was a kid, so I can relate."
As Teddy Ruxpin blinked, sang and told a story, the kids had various disturbed reactions from "This is just weird" to "EVIL!"
Teddy's singing proved too much for some of the kids. "This is like three minutes wasted!" Emma R., age 9, complained when the song went on too long -- suggesting, perhaps, that today's kids have much shorter attention spans.
But not all the kids treated the toy like a possessed plaything. "He's amazing," Morgan, age 10, said in the video while hugging Teddy.
One of the kids figured out why Teddy was so popular in the '80s. "People back in the day probably thought this was fun," Sydney, age 7, said in the video. "'Let's give our kids a toy that talks. And it will read stories for them so we don't.'"