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Max and Ruby
Max & Ruby logo.png
GenreChildren's television series
Created byRosemary Wells
Based onMax & Ruby
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
Opening themeMain Title Theme by Manhattan Transfer (uncredited)
Composers
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
United States
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes130 (334 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Michael Hirsh (seasons 1–2)
  • Scott Dyer (seasons 1–4; season 6)
  • Tina Peel (seasons 1–3)
  • Vince Commisso (seasons 3–5)
  • Steven Jarosz (seasons 3–5)
  • Doug Murphy (seasons 3–5)
  • Diana Manson (seasons 4–6)
  • Season 6:
  • Colin Bohm
  • Megan Laughton
  • Irene Weibel
Producers
  • Alice Bell (season 1)
  • Tracy Leach (seasons 1–2)
  • Season 6:
  • Venessa Esteves
  • Melissa Graham
Running time7 minutes (every segment; seasons 1–5)
10 minutes (every segment; seasons 6–7)
23 minutes (full-length episode; seasons 1–5)
22 minutes (full-length episode; seasons 6–7)
Production companies
Release
Original networkTreehouse TV
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (2002–10)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2011–19)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) –
August 24, 2019 (2019-08-24)
External links
Website
Production website

Max & Ruby is a Canadian/American/British children's animated television series based on the book series by Rosemary Wells. In Canada, the series debuted on Treehouse TV on May 3, 2002,[1] and in the United States, the series premiered on Nick Jr. on October 21, 2002.[2]

Premise[edit]

Max and 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.[3] The series takes place in a fictional town called Eastbunny Hop, in a universe populated by bunnies and other small creatures. According to Wells, the series shows the relationship between Ruby, Max, and the universal nature of sibling relationships.[4]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
13913May 3, 2002 (May 3, 2002)February 14, 2003 (February 14, 2003)
23913July 8, 2003 (July 8, 2003)May 4, 2004 (May 4, 2004)
34214April 6, 2007 (April 6, 2007)January 25, 2008 (January 25, 2008)
43612September 13, 2009 (September 13, 2009)January 20, 2010 (January 20, 2010)
57826December 10, 2011 (December 10, 2011)February 11, 2013 (February 11, 2013)
65026September 18, 2016 (September 18, 2016)September 24, 2018 (September 24, 2018)
75026August 12, 2018 (August 12, 2018)August 24, 2019 (August 24, 2019)

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Max Bunny (voiced by Billy Rosemberg in Seasons 1–3, Tyler Stevenson in seasons 4–5, Gavin MacIver-Wright in season 6–7) is a 3 1/2-year old bunny.[5] He has white fur, some clothes including some long overalls and he is Ruby's younger brother. Prior to Seasons 3–5, for the first few episodes of Seasons 1 and 2, Max says one word (with the exception of a few episodes like Max's Bedtime and Ruby's Candy Store and his voiceover saying the episode's title card with the episodes that has "Ruby" in it). He does this again in Season 5 (voiceover on the episode's title card; but only the ones that has Ruby). In Seasons 6 and 7, Max (along with Morris) says full sentences.
  • Ruby Bunny (voiced by Katie Griffin in Seasons 1-2, Samantha Morton in Season 2, Rebecca Peters in Seasons 3–5, Lana Carillo in Seasons 6–7) [6][7] is a 7-year-old white bunny. She has white fur and is Max's older sister. She's the more level-headed of the siblings. She is also a member of the bunny scouts. [5]
  • Grandma (voiced by Kay Hawtrey) has gray fur and is the grandmother to Max and Ruby.

Recurring[edit]

  • Louise (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – Ruby's best friend who has tan/auburn fur. She is also 7 years old.[8][7]
  • Baby Huffington "Baby H" (voiced by Joshua Savage) – Mr. and Mrs. Huffington's baby son.
  • Mrs. Huffington (originally voiced by Emily Scott, then Catherine Disher in Seasons 6–7) – The wife of Mr. Huffington and mother of Baby Huffington.
  • Mr. Huffington (voiced by John Torres) – The husband to Mrs. Huffington and father of Baby Huffington.
  • Valerie (originally voiced by Alexis Walla, then Loretta Jafelice in Seasons 6–7) – A friend of Ruby; she has brown fur.
  • Martha (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – A friend of Ruby; she has gold fur.
  • Morris (voiced by Cameron Ansell in earlier seasons, and Nicholas Fry in season 6–7) – Louise's two-year-old cousin[9] and a friend of Max.
  • Roger Piazza[10] (voiced by Robert Hall) – The son of Mr. Piazza. He is older than Ruby and Louise; he is 7 1/2 years old.[7][11]
  • 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.
  • Candi (voiced by Carolyn Hennesy) – The owner of the candy shop in East Bunnyhop.
  • Rosalinda (voiced by Anne Hill) – The 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.
  • Dad (a.k.a. Mr. Bunny)[12] (voiced by Paul Bates) – Max and Ruby's father.
  • Mom (a.k.a. Mrs. Bunny)[12] (voiced by Caroly Larson[13]) – 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.
  • Winston (voiced by Ethan Tavares) – One of Max's classmates.
  • Lily (voiced by Isabella Leo[14]) – One of Max's classmates. She is Max's best friend.
  • Priya – (voiced by Laabiah Alvi) – One of Max's classmates.
  • Mr. Estevez (voiced by Carlos Diaz) – Ruby, Louise, and Valerie's teacher in school.
  • Antonio (voiced by Emilio Virguez) – One of Ruby's classmates.
  • Grace Bunny (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – One of Max and Ruby's new baby siblings and Oliver's twin sister. Like Max, Grace loves to get dirty.
  • Oliver Bunny (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – One of Max and Ruby's new baby siblings and Grace's twin brother. Like Ruby, Oliver loves to keep clean.

UK voice cast[edit]

Airings on Nick Jr. in the UK utilizes British actors instead of the normal Canadian ones.

  • Max - Lynn Cleckner/Lorraine Parsloe
  • Ruby - Lynn Cleckner
  • Louise - Regine Chandler/Julie-Ann Dean
  • Grandma - Regine Chandler
  • Mr Huffington - Andy Turvey
  • Valerie - Regine Chandler
  • Morris - Unknown
  • Bunny Scout Leader - Unknown

Production[edit]

Max & Ruby is produced by Nelvana Limited, with in conjunction with Silver Lining Productions for its first 5 seasons, which was acquired by Chorion in 2005.[15] 9 Story Media Group overtook producing the animation from Nelvana in Season 3, and would continue animating the series for Seasons 4 and 5. Chorion, the same company that acquired Silver Lining, began co-producing the series for Seasons 4 and 5. After Chorion and its division Silver Lining Productions both close their doors after the Season 5 concluded production, Atomic Cartoons, a Canadian animation studio, decided to overtook co-producing the series. Season 6 of the series premiered on September 18, 2016,[16] with a new main voice cast and theme song, along with each episode now having 2 10-minute segments per half-hour, rather than having 3 7-minute segments per half-hour. Season 7 of the series premiered on August 12, 2018.

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."[4] However, in Season 6, the series finally introduced Max and Ruby's parents.[17]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Max & Ruby debuted on Treehouse TV in Canada on May 3, 2002.[1] The series aired on Nick Jr. in the United States on October 21, 2002.[2] A British English dub began broadcasting on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom and Ireland in February 2003.[when?]

Home media[edit]

United States[edit]

Paramount Home Media Distribution is the DVD distributor for the series in the United States. As of March 29, 2012, 2.9 million DVD units of the series from Nickelodeon have been sold in the US.[18]

Main series[edit]
Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Max and Ruby's Christmas October 26, 2004 12
  • "Max's Christmas" / "Ruby's Snow Queen" / "Max's Rocket Run"
  • "Ruby's Figure Eight" / "Ruby's Surprise Party" / "Ruby's Tent"
  • "Ruby's Tea Party" / "Max Is It" / "Ruby's Science Project"
  • "Ruby Writes a Story" / "Max's Dominoes" / "Grandma's Attic"
Springtime for Max and Ruby March 1, 2005 12
  • "Max's Chocolate Chicken" / "Ruby's Beauty Shop" / "Max Drives Away"
  • "Camp Out" / "Ruby's Clubhouse" / "Max's Picnic"
  • "Ruby's Merit Badge" / "Max's Apple" / "Quiet Max"
  • "Max Misses the Bus" / "Max's Worm Cake" / "Max's Rainy Day"
Max and Ruby's Halloween August 30, 2005 12
  • "Max's Halloween" / "Ruby's Leaf Collection" / "The Blue Tarantula"
  • "Ruby's Panda Prize" / "Ruby's Roller Skates" / "Ghost Bunny"
  • "Max's Shadow" / "Max Remembers" / "Ruby's Candy Store"
  • "Max's Thanksgiving" / "Max's Pretend Friend" / "Fireman Max"
Party Time with Max and Ruby February 14, 2006 12
  • "Max's Birthday" / "Max's New Suit" / "Goodnight Max"
  • "Bunny Cakes" / "Bunny Party" / "Bunny Money"
  • "Max's Bug Salad" / "Ruby's Beach Party" / "Super Max to the Rescue"
  • "Hide & Seek" / "Max's Breakfast" / "Louise's Secret"
Afternoons with Max and Ruby August 1, 2006 12
  • "Max's Froggy Friend" / "Max's Music" / "Max Gets Wet"
  • "Max's Dragon Shirt" / "Max's Rabbit Racer" / "Roger's Choice"
  • "Ruby's Hiccups" / "The Big Picture" / "Ruby's Stage Show"
  • "Ruby's Piano Practice" / "Max's Bath" / "Max's Bedtime"
Easter with Max and Ruby March 13, 2007 12
  • "Ruby's Easter Bonnet" / "Max's Easter Parade" / "Max and the Easter Bunny"
  • "Ruby's Loose Tooth" / "Ruby Scores" / "Ruby's Sandcastle"
  • "Max's Work of Art" / "Max Meets Morris" / "Ruby's Scavenger Hunt"
  • "Max's Check Up" / "Max's Prize" / "Space Max"
Summertime with Max and Ruby June 5, 2007 12
  • "Ruby's Lemonade Stand" / "Ruby's Rummage Sale" / "Ruby's Magic Act"
  • "Ruby's Hippity Hop Dance" / "Ruby's Bird Bath" / "Super Max Saves the World"
  • "Ruby's Pajama Party" / "Baby Max" / "Bunny Scout Brownies"
  • "Max's Valentine" / "Ruby Flies a Kite" / "Super Max"
A Merry Bunny Christmas October 2, 2007 12
  • "Grandma's Present" / "Max and Ruby's Christmas Tree" / "Max's Snow Plow"
  • "Max's Snow Day" / "Max's Snow Bunny" / "Max's Mix Up"
  • "Max's Fire Flies" / "Max and Ruby's Fashion Show" / "Ruby's Sing-Along"
  • "Ruby's Puppet Show" / "Sugar Plum Max" / "Max's Ant Farm"
Berry Bunny Adventures February 26, 2008 12
  • "Grandma's Berry Patch" / "Ruby's Bunny Scout Banner" / "Ruby's Detective Agency"
  • "Surprise Ruby" / "Ruby's Birthday Party" / "Ruby's Birthday Present"
  • "Ruby's Safari" / "Max's Bath" / "Max's Lost Lizard"
  • "Ruby Riding Hood" / "Max and the Beanstalk" / "The Froggy Prince"
Perfect Pumpkin August 26, 2008 12
  • "Max and Ruby's Perfect Pumpkin / "Max's Jack 'O' Lantern" / "Max's Big Boo"
  • "Max's Rocket Racer" / "Max and Morris Blast Off" / "Max's Candy Apple"
  • "Ruby Delivers" / "Getting Crabby at the Beach" / "Max Babysits"
  • "Max Cleans Up" / "Max's Cuckoo Clock" / "Ruby's Jewelry Box"
Playtime with Max and Ruby January 5, 2010 12
  • "Max's Thanksgiving" / "Max's Pretend Friend" / "Fireman Max"
  • "Ruby's Figure Eight" / "Ruby's Surprise Party" / "Ruby's Tent"
  • "Max Misses the Bus" / "Max's Worm Cake" / "Max's Rainy Day"
  • "Ruby's Piano Practice" / "Max's Bath" / "Max's Bedtime"
A Visit with Grandma June 15, 2010 12
  • "Grandma's Treasure Hunt" / "Ruby's Jigsaw Puzzle" / "Ruby's Recital"
  • "Ruby's Rainbow" / "Home Tweet Home" / "Max's Mudpie"
  • "Ruby's Home Run" / "Ruby's Missing Tune" / "Ruby's Handstand"
  • "Ruby's Good Neighbor Report" / "Candy Counting" / "Ruby's New Shoes"
Everybunny Loves Winter September 21, 2010 12
  • "Ruby's Snowbunny" / "Ruby's Snowflake" / "Duck Duck Goose"
  • "Ruby's Gingerbread House" / "Max's Christmas Passed" / "Max's New Year"
  • "Ruby's Horn of Plenty" / "Ruby's Big Kick" / "Max Says Goodbye"
  • "Max's Balloon Buddies" / "Ruby's Penny Carnival" / "Ruby's Big Win"
Bunny Tales January 11, 2011 12
  • "The Princess and the Marbles" / "Emperor Max's New Suit" / "Max and the Three Little Bunnies"
  • "Ruby's Real Cinderella" / "Ruby's Hoola Hoop" / "Max and the Martians"
  • "Max's Castle" / "Bunny Hopscotch" / "Max's Grasshopper"
  • "Ruby's Water Lily" / "Max Saves the Parade" / "Super Max's Cape"
Rainy Day Play April 12, 2011 12
  • "Ruby Writes a Story" / "Max's Dominoes" / "Grandma's Attic"
  • "Bunny Cakes" / "Bunny Party" / "Bunny Money"
  • "Ruby's Safari" / "Max's Mud Bath" / "Max's Lost Lizard"
  • "Ruby's Rainbow" / "Home Tweet Home" / "Max's Mudpie"
Everybunny Loves Spring February 11, 2014 12
  • "Max and Ruby's Groundhog Day" / "Ruby's First Robin of Spring" / "Grandma's Geraniums"
  • "Max's Ducky Day" / "Ruby's Earth Day Checklist" / "Ruby's Earth Day Party"
  • "Ruby Gets The Picture" / "Ruby's Birdie" / "Max Plays Catch"
  • "Max's Nightlight" / "Ruby's Bird Walk" / "Max Goes Fishing"
Sweet Siblings February 17, 2015 12
  • "Max Says Hello" / "Ruby's Spa Day" / "Ruby's Tai Chi"
  • "Engineer Max" / "Max's Toy Train" / "Max's Train Ride"
  • "Max and Ruby's Train Trip" / "Go to Sleep, Max" / "Conductor Max"
  • "Space Bunny" / "Max's Sprinkler" / "Max's Pogo Stick"
Sharing and Caring June 2, 2015 12
  • "Picture Perfect" / "Detective Ruby" / "Super Bunny Saves the Cake"
  • "Max's Ride" / "Max on Guard" / "Ruby's Real Tea Party"
  • "The Bunny Who Cried Lobster" / "Max and The 3 Little Bears" / "Little Ruby Hen"
  • "Ruby's Autograph" / "A Toy For Baby Huffington" / "Max's Big Dig"
Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs[edit]
Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Nick Jr. Celebrates Spring! March 2, 2004 1
  • "Max's Chocolate Chicken"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 1 May 24, 2005 3
  • "Max's Work of Art" / "Max Meets Morris" / "Ruby's Scavenger Hunt"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 2 October 18, 2005 3
  • "Ruby's Lemonade Stand" / "Ruby's Rummage Sale" / "Ruby's Magic Act"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 3 February 7, 2006 3
  • "Ruby's Pajama Party" / "Baby Max" / "Bunny Scout Brownies"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 4 June 6, 2006 3
  • "Max Cleans Up" / "Max's Cuckoo Clock" / "Ruby's Jewelry Box"
Nick Jr. Favorites Holiday September 26, 2006 3
  • "Max's Christmas" / "Ruby's Snow Queen" / "Max's Rocket Run"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 5 March 13, 2007 3
  • "Ruby Writes a Story" / "Max's Dominoes" / "Grandma's Attic"

The Netherlands[edit]

Episodes on Country compilation DVDs[edit]
Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Zappelin 5 2010 3
  • "Max's Birthday" in Dutch

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ruby's Piano Practice; Max's Bath; Max's Bedtime". Screener. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on October 18, 2002". Newspaper.com. October 18, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "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..
  4. ^ 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..
  5. ^ a b "Max and Ruby". Retrieved June 23, 2013. Max is a 3 1/2-year old and 5’4”bundle of bunny energy
  6. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Ruby". treehousetv.com. Ruby is a 7-year-old bunny.
  7. ^ a b c "Roger's Choice". Max and Ruby. Ruby "He's nearly 7 1/2." Louise "A whole half year older than we are."
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Morris". Morris is Louise's 2-year-old little cousin.
  10. ^ in Roger's Choice, Louise says "we're going to play with Roger Piazza"
  11. ^ "Max & Ruby – Characters – Roger". Roger Piazza is in Ruby and Louise's class at school. He is 7 1/2 years old, which gives him an elevated status in Ruby and Louise's eyes.
  12. ^ a b Cooper, Gael (September 19, 2016). "Hoppy news: Cartoon bunnies Max and Ruby's parents aren't dead after all". cnet.com. on Sunday, "Max and 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 and Ruby." Not only were Mr. and Mrs. Bunny introduced, but Max, who could previously only spit out 1 or 2 words at a time, is suddenly speaking full sentences and attending preschool.
  13. ^ Max's Preschool "Caroly Larson as Mom"
  14. ^ Max's Preschool "Isabella Leo as Lily"
  15. ^ "Business | Noddy embarks on global adventure". BBC News. September 21, 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  16. ^ "Max's Preschool; Grandma's Storytime Sleepover". Screener. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  17. ^ Gael Fashingbauer Cooper (September 19, 2016). "Cartoon bunnies Max and Ruby's parents aren't dead after all". CNET. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  18. ^ https://www.marketscreener.com/news/latest/NELVANA-ACQUIRES-CHORION-S-INTEREST-IN-MAX-RUBY--14246486/

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