Max & Ruby

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Max & Ruby
Max & Ruby logo.png
Based onMax & Ruby book series
by Rosemary Wells
Directed by
  • Jamie Whitney (seasons 1–5)
  • Steven Boeckler (season 2)
  • Derek Prout (season 6)
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Composer(s)
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Country of origin
  • United States
    Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes114 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Hirsh (seasons 1–2)
  • Scott Dyer (seasons 1–4; 6)
  • Tina Peel (seasons 1–3)
  • Vince Commisso (seasons 3–5)
  • Steven Jarosz (seasons 3–5)
  • Doug Murphy (seasons 3–5)
  • Diana Manson (season 4–6)
  • Colin Bohm (season 6)
  • Megan Laughton (season 6)
  • Irene Weibel (season 6)
Producer(s)
  • Alice Bell (season 1)
  • Tracy Leach (seasons 1–2)
  • Venessa Esteves (season 6)
  • Melissa Graham (season 6)
Running time22–23 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNelvana Enterprises
Release
Original networkNick Jr. (US)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (2002–2010)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2011–present)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) –
present
External links
Website
Production website

Max & Ruby is a Canadian animated children's television series based on the book series by Rosemary Wells. In Canada, the series debuted on Treehouse TV on May 3, 2002,[2] and in the United States, the series premiered on Nick Jr. on October 21, 2002.[3]

Plot[edit]

Max & Ruby is about two bunnies; Max, a rambunctious and determined three-year-old, and his older sister Ruby, a patient, goal-oriented, and sometimes restrictive seven-year-old.[4] According to Wells, the series shows the relationship between Ruby, Max, and the universal nature of sibling relationships.[5]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03)February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14)
213July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
314April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06)January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
412September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13)January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20)
526December 10, 2011 (2011-12-10)February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)
626September 18, 2016 (2016-09-18)September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)
7TBAAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)TBA

Characters[edit]

All the characters are bunnies.

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Louise (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – a friend of Ruby with tan/auburn fur who is Ruby's best friend. She is also 7 years old.[9][8]
  • Baby Huffington "Baby H" (voiced by Joshua Savage) – baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Huffington.
  • Mrs. Huffington (originally voiced by Emily Scott, Season 6 Catherine Disher) – Wife of Mr. Huffington and mother of Baby Huffington.
  • Mr. Huffington (voiced by John Torres) – Husband to Mrs. Huffington and father of Baby Huffington.
  • Valerie (originally voiced by Alexis Walla, then Loretta Jafelice in season 6) – Friend of Ruby, has brown fur.
  • Martha (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – Friend of Ruby, has gold fur.
  • Morris (voiced by Cameron Ansell in earlier seasons, and Nicholas Fry in season 6 - present) – Louise's 2-year old little cousin [10] and a friend of Max.
  • Roger Piazza[11] (voiced by Robert Hall) – son of Mr. Piazza. He is slightly older than Ruby and Louise, going from nearly 7 and a half[8] to seven and a half.[12]
  • Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate – Max and Ruby's great aunt and great uncle.
  • Bunny Scout Leader (voiced by Sarah Adams) – The leader of the Bunny Scouts.
  • Mr. Piazza (voiced by Jamie Watson) – Mr. Piazza runs the local market in East Bunnyhop and is the father of Roger.
  • Super Bunny – Max's favourite Super Hero.
  • Bunny Drew – Ruby's favourite fictional detective who is a homage/parody of Nancy Drew.
  • Candi (voiced by Carolyn Hennesy) – Owner of the candy shop in East Bunnyhop.
  • Rosalinda (voiced by Anne Hill) – Owner of a gift shop that sells jewelry and collectibles and a friend of Max and Ruby's grandmother, Mary.
  • Katie (voiced by Yvonne Craig) – Waitress at the diner in East Bunnyhop.

New characters (Season 6/Season 7)[edit]

  • Max and Ruby's parents: In the first five seasons they only appeared in the background in photographs. They make their first physical appearance in season 6, and subsequently, appear on a regular basis.[citation needed]
    • Dad aka Mr. Bunny[13] (voiced by Paul Bates[14]) is Grandma's son[citation needed] and Max and Ruby's father.
    • Mom aka Mrs. Bunny[13] (voiced by Caroly Larson[15]) is Max and Ruby's mother. She and Ruby are close and she trusts Ruby's ability to help out with Max. She is Grandma's daughter-in-law.
  • Miss Bunty (voiced by Maliaka Bryce) – Max's preschool teacher who first appears in the Season 6 episode, "Max's Preschool".
  • Winston (voiced by Ethan Tavares) – One of Max's classmates who appears in Season 6.
  • Lily (voiced by Isabella Leo[16]) – One of Max's classmates who appears in Season 6.
  • Priya – (voiced by Laabiah Alvi) One of Max's classmates who appears in Season 6.
  • Mr. Estevez (voiced by Carlos Diaz) – Ruby, Louise, and Valerie's new teacher who first appears in the Season 6 episode Ruby's Teacher.
  • Antonio (voiced by Emilio Virguez) Is one of the new students in Ruby's class who makes his debut in the Season 7 episode, "Max and Ruby's Bunnyhop Parade."

Production[edit]

Max & Ruby is produced by Nelvana and Treehouse in seasons 1–7, and 9 Story Media Group in seasons 3–5 in Canada, and Silver Lining Productions in seasons 1–3, and Chorion in seasons 4–5 in the United States. A sixth season of the series premiered on September 18, 2016,[17] with a new main voice cast and theme song, and all new episodes being split into two 11 min. segments, rather than the original three 7 minute segment episodes. segments (see episode list for details). A seventh season of the series premiered on August 12, 2018; and again (like Season 6), in Season 7, the episodes were split into two 11 min. segments, rather than the original three 7 minute segment episodes.

In an interview with Nick Jr., Wells has said in her defense about Max and Ruby's unseen parents that "we don't see Max and Ruby's parents, because [she] believe[s] that kids resolve their issues and conflicts differently when they are on their own. The television series gives kids a sense about how these two siblings resolve their conflicts in a humorous and entertaining way."[5] However, in season 6 the series finally introduced Max and Ruby's parents.[18]

Broadcast[edit]

Max & Ruby debuted on Treehouse TV in Canada on May 3, 2002.[2] The series aired on Nick Jr. in the United States on October 21, 2002.[19] A British English dub began broadcasting on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom and Ireland in February 2003.[when?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Max and Ruby". Nelvana. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ruby's Piano Practice; Max's Bath; Max's Bedtime". Screener. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on October 18, 2002". Newspaper.com. October 18, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  4. ^ ""Activities for Blue's Clues, Dora, Diego, LazyTown, Wonderpets"". Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-24.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Nick Jr..
  5. ^ a b ""MEET THE CREATOR OF MAX & RUBY"". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2013-02-18.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Nick Jr..
  6. ^ a b "Max and Ruby". Retrieved June 23, 2013. Max is a three-and-a-half-year old bundle of bunny energy
  7. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Ruby". treehousetv.com. Ruby is a seven-year-old bunny.
  8. ^ a b c "Roger's Choice". Max and Ruby. Ruby "He's nearly seven and a half." Louise "A whole half year older than we are."
  9. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Louise". treehousetv.com. Louise is Ruby's best friend and classmate, and part of Bunny Scouts. She's 7 years old and sits right next to Ruby at school.
  10. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Morris". Morris is Louise's two-year-old little brother.
  11. ^ in Roger's Choice, Louise says "we're going to play with Roger Piazza
  12. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Roger". Roger Piazza is in Ruby and Louise's class at school. He's seven and a half years old, which gives him an elevated status in Ruby and Louise's eyes.
  13. ^ a b Cooper, Gael (19 September 2016). "Hoppy news: Cartoon bunnies Max and Ruby's parents aren't dead after all". cnet.com. on Sunday, "Max & Ruby" returned with new episodes for the first time since 2013, and who should show up at last but Mr. and Mrs. Bunny? .. It was a big weekend for "Max & Ruby." Not only were Mr. and Mrs. Bunny introduced, but Max, who could previously only spit out one or two words at a time, is suddenly speaking full sentences and attending preschool.
  14. ^ Max's Preschool "Paul Bates as Dad"
  15. ^ Max's Preschool "Caroly Larson as Mom"
  16. ^ Max's Preschool "Isabella Leo as Lily"
  17. ^ "Max's Preschool; Grandma's Storytime Sleepover". Screener. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Gael Fashingbauer Cooper (September 19, 2016). "Cartoon bunnies Max and Ruby's parents aren't dead after all". CNET. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on October 18, 2002". Newspaper.com. October 18, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2016.

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