Robot Teddy

Karl Lagerfeld with noose

The fine folks at Kempt pointed Izzy to a story in WWD about a teddy bear being modelled after Karl Lagerfeld:

FUZZY WUZZY: It’s a bear market out there — at least where Karl Lagerfeld is concerned. The famous German teddy bear maker Steiff plans to immortalize the indefatigable couturier in stuffed-animal form. The fuzzy Karl comes complete with dark glasses, a dark suit, high collar and logo belt buckle — nuclear-powered design prowess not included.

Izzy can’t help thinking that the teddy bear ought to be a creepy robot like the one featured in Steven Speilberg’s A.I. (which was originally a project of Stanley Kubrick’s, a director with a far darker sensibility).

Teddy supertoy

The plot, including the character of Teddy, was inspired by Brian Aldiss’ short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” which contains a passage that could well describe any ursine automaton based on Lagerfeld:

“Come down here, Teddy!”

She stood impassively, watching the little furry figure as it climbed down from step to step on its stubby limbs. When it reached the bottom, she picked it up and carried it into the living room. It lay unmoving in her arms, staring up at her. She could feel just the slightest vibration from its motor.

2 Responses to “Robot Teddy”

  1. Jennie January 31, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    The Karl always frightens me with his over tanned skin, stern vestige, and never a crease clothing. The sight of the Karl leaving a room with a noose makes me wonder if a size 4 or 6 had the nerve to try on one of his outfits…Where does he put the corpses?

  2. Rachel of Cyberia February 9, 2008 at 2:40 am #

    Teddy was the only part of that movie that I liked.