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
  • 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)
Release
Original networkTreehouse TV
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 rabbits; 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]

  • Max Bunny (voiced by Billy Rosemberg in Seasons 1–3, Tyler Stevenson in Seasons 4–5, Gavin MacIver-Wright in Season 6) is three-and-a-half year old bunny.[6] He has white fur and is Ruby's younger brother.
  • Ruby Bunny (voiced by, Samantha Morton in Seasons 1–2, Rebecca Peters in Seasons 3–5, Lana Carillo in Season 6) is seven years old.[7][8] She has white fur and is Max's sister.[6]
  • Grandma (voiced by Kay Hawtrey) has gray fur and is the grandmother to Max and Ruby.

Recurring[edit]

  • Louise (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – 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) – Louise's 2-year old little brother[10] and 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 favorite Super Hero.
  • Bunny Drew – Ruby's favorite 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)[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 David Pentwick[citation needed] and 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.
  • 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 Kallan Holley[citation needed] and Isabella Leo[16]) – One of Max's classmates who appears in Season 6.
  • Priya – (voiced by Laaibah 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.

Production[edit]

Max & Ruby is produced by Nelvana and Treehouse in seasons 1–6, and 9 Story Media Group in seasons 3–5 in Canada, and Silver Lining Productions in seasons 1–3, and Chorion in season 4 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 someone at Nick Jr. that is retired, 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.. Nick Jr..
  5. ^ a b ""MEET THE CREATOR OF MAX & RUBY"". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2013-02-18.. 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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