Ken Forsse: Come Dream with Me Tonight (2021)

[in development]

A Film by Billy Tooma

Produced by Tony Calandrillo, Jan Hornbeck Forsse, Josh Isaacson

Associate Producer - C. Bríd Nicholson


Interviews with
Vincent Conroy, Jan Hornbeck Forsse, Josh Isaacson; more to be announced

Original Artwork by
Najee R. Smith

Original Score Composed by
Will Lewis

Teddy Ruxpin, the world's first animated talking toy, debuted in 1985, quickly became the top selling toy of the year, and changed the world forever. Ken Forsse, the man behind the phenomenon, would go on to create an entire universe for his Illiop, spanning books, songs, plush dolls, figurines, and a cartoon series, all still beloved to this day. It was the culmination of a journey that began in the late 1950s, with stops along the way in the U.S. Army, the Walt Disney Company (co-creating The Haunted Mansion and later working on the animatronics for Welcome to Pooh Corner), and Sid & Marty Krofft Entertainment (where he did work on another haunted house attraction for their short-lived theme park in Atlanta, GA). Forsse, who sadly passed away in 2014, left a legacy kept alive today by his widow, Jan, and the company he founded, Alchemy, II, Inc.