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Max & Ruby
Max & Ruby logo.png
Based on Max & 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 seasons 6
No. of episodes 102 (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 time 22–23 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (2002–2010)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2011–present)
Audio format Stereo
Original release May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Max & Ruby is an 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.[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]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14)
2 13 July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08) May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
3 14 April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06) January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
4 12 September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13) January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20)
5 26 December 10, 2011 (2011-12-10) February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)
6 TBA September 18, 2016 (2016-09-18) 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. In every episode, Max says one word and Ruby always thinks it is no help, but in the end Max is right. Ruby will try to talk him out of it, but he will keep asking for what he wants, and will eventually find a way to outsmart Ruby. Max is smart and is able to read situations better than his sister. In Season 6 Max starts using complete sentences and attends preschool. Originally Max wore blue overalls (often with a strap undone) with a red and white striped shirt; starting in Season 6 he wears a cream and orange striped shirt with blue pants.
  • 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] She is over-protective of Max, and will often persuade him to do something against his will because it is "what's best for him". At times, she incorrectly judges things. She is somewhat a perfectionist when it comes to certain things, and likes things to be neat and tidy, in contrast with Max who is messy and untidy. In Season 6, she attends school and occasionally is seen as an assistant helper to Mrs. Bunty, Max's teacher. In Seasons 1–2 Ruby wears a purple shirt and a yellow dress, in Seasons 3–5 she is seen in a dark pink dress with a light pink shirt underneath, and in Season 6, she wears a pink dress with light blue polka dots covered by a lavender cardigan sweater.
    • Ruby has a collection of dolls which she has referred to by name on multiple episodes, including: Can't Sit Up Slug, Polly Pig, Rapunzel, Tooth Fairy, and Wind-Up Teddy Bear
  • Grandma (voiced by Kay Hawtrey) has gray fur and is the paternal[citation needed] grandmother to Max and Ruby. Fun loving, her house features an attic with dress up clothes and a treasure box with a picture of herself and her husband wearing fancy clothes at a festival. Often Ruby believes that Grandma will not like Max's ideas, however she is always revealed to like both ideas equally. When Ruby assumes Grandma will love her idea better or is set on doing things a particular way, Grandma, surprisingly to Ruby, usually appreciates Max's contribution more. She wears a blue dress.
    • She shows Max a picture of his Grandpa in Max on a Mission. He was a police officer.

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] She likes to attend parties and events. She tends to view things in the same girlishly romanticized way Ruby does but is more open to other ideas. She has the same girlish infatuation with Roger as Ruby, but this does not get in the way of their friendship. Sometimes unsure about Ruby's ideas but mostly decides to help out or join her. In certain episodes, Louise will have trouble pronouncing certain scientific words or names such as amphibian or paleontologist, which will cause her to mispronounce them until she finally ends up saying the word correctly near the end of the episode. Like Ruby, she will often sigh and say "Little Brothers" in response to Max's childish antics. She wears a green tartan dress. Physically she is similar, but slightly taller than Ruby.
  • Baby Huffington "Baby H" (voiced by Joshua Savage) – baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Huffington. Ruby often babysits him with Max tagging along., whom Ruby often babysits. Contrary to what Ruby believes, Baby Huffington enjoys noise. Max discovers that the secret to getting Baby H to fall asleep is the Huffington's Cuckoo Clock. He seems to like space rockets, robots, and Super Bunny. Due to their similar interests and likes, Max often proves to be a great help to Ruby when she is babysitting Baby H.
  • Mrs. Huffington (originally voiced by Emily Scott, Season 6 Catherine Disher) – Wife of Mr. Huffington and mother of Baby Huffington. (She might also be the daughter of Bunny Scout Leader.) Talented Baton twirler and cheerleader who taught Ruby and Louise how to twirl. In the episode "Max's Nightlight" she is one of the new Bunny Scout leaders.
  • Mr. Huffington (voiced by John Torres) – Husband to Mrs. Huffington and father of Baby Huffington. Mr. Huffington always appears with a different job when Max and Ruby encounter him in town. He is been shown as a clown and a photographer.
  • Mr. Piazza (voiced by Jamie Watson) – Father of Roger, possibly Italian. Mr. Piazza runs the local market in East Bunnyhop, additionally he is knowledgeable about Italian food and culture.
  • Valerie (originally voiced by Alexis Walla, then Loretta Jafelice in season 6) – Friend of Ruby, has brown fur. She is very talented at playing the recorder and is in Bunny Scouts. She is a bit shorter than the other girls and wears glasses, typically appears in a red and gold dress.
  • Martha (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – Friend of Ruby, has gold fur – she also has eyelashes, which are lacking in the other characters. She is in the Bunny Scout Troop.
  • 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. He does not know how to talk as well as Max. Upon their first meeting, he was unfriendly towards Max, but they become friends. In some episodes he takes on the role of Max's sidekick when the two of them "take on" Ruby and Louise. Like Max he is a big fan of Super Bunny. In Season 6, he attends preschool with Max and also now speaks in complete sentences.
  • 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] Roger is portrayed as athletic and is often seen participating in a variety of sports. He treats Max like a little brother while paying little attention to Ruby and Louise who are infatuated with him. First appearance was in "Max's Rocket Run" where he sleds down the biggest sledding hill, Rocket Run. In seasons 1–2 he says only "Uh-huh" and "Uh-uh", subsequent seasons have him speaking completely. When not playing sports he is helping at his father's store. Occasionally Ruby gets Roger to distract Max by teaching him how to play various sports in order to keep Max from interfering with her and her friends' various games and projects.
  • Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate – Max and Ruby's great aunt and great uncle, who were first mentioned by Ruby in "Max's Birthday", after she discovered their unopened birthday present for Max, which contained the Wind-Up Lobster. In "Max and Ruby's Train Trip", "Go to Sleep Max", and "Conductor Max", Max, Ruby, and Grandma travel by train to Bunnyvale to visit Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate. They make their first physical appearance in the series near the end of "Conductor Max", where they met Max, Ruby, and Grandma shortly after Max finds the missing gift card Ruby made for Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate which she gives to them shortly after they arrive.
  • Bunny Scout Leader (voiced by Sarah Adams) – The leader of the Bunny Scouts, to which Ruby, Louise, Martha, and Valerie are members. She is seen infrequently, usually testing the girls to earn badges. Ruby and her fellows respect her and Ruby has been known to mention things that she has learned from her, like in Max Get Wet when she tells Max that Bunny Scout Leader taught her to wait 1/2 hour after eating before swimming to avoid getting a cramp.
  • Mr. Piazza (voiced by Jamie Watson) – Mr. Piazza runs the local market in East Bunnyhop and is the father of Roger. During East Bunnyhop's cultural festivals, Mr. Piazza runs the Italy table and is knowledgeable about Italian food and culture. He is also implied to be Italian himself.
  • Super Bunny – Max's favorite Super Hero. Max has a Super Bunny comic book and Super Bunny pajamas, and often listens to Super Bunny radio program. In Ruby's New Shoes, Max wants to meet Super Bunny who is appearing at the local mall, but Ruby wants to find a new pair of shoes. In the end, Max and Super Bunny save Ruby from a falling stack of shoe boxes and Ruby finds a pair of new shoes in one of the boxes that fell. Max also enjoys emulating Super Bunny as Super Max. He has a faithful sidekick named Zoom-Zoom. Super Bunny is a homage/parody of Superman. In "Ruby's Bedtime Story", the cover of Max's Super Bunny comic book is based on the cover Action Comics 1.
  • Bunny Drew – Ruby's favorite fictional detective who is a homage/parody of Nancy Drew. Ruby enjoys read Nancy Drew mystery novels and sometimes emulates her as Detective Ruby. Most of her novels involve her investigating the theft of valuable objects. In "Ruby's Detective Agency", Max had given Mrs. Quack to Grandma so she could knit a sweater for Mrs. Quack. Ruby, for unknown reasons, was unaware of this and she decides to use Bunny Drew's methods to solve the mystery with Max as her assistant and eventually discovers what happened. In "Ruby's Big Case", Ruby borrows an old Nancy Drew book of Grandma's to read with Louise, but is forced to investigate when some of the pages go missing and she goes on a mystery. In "Ruby's Bedtime Story", Ruby tries to figure out who the thief was in a Nancy Drew novel before she goes to bed, but keeps getting interrupted by Max who wants her to read him a bedtime story. At the end of the episode, when Ruby finally figures out who the thief was, she laughs "You'll never guess who it was Max!", though it is never revealed exactly who it was.
  • Wind-Up Lobster – A wind-up Lobster toy that was one of Max's birthday presents in Max's Birthday, from his and Ruby's Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate which Max did not like at first though after having fun being chased by it he finds he likes it and decides to keep it. After this it appears in various episodes. Despite being just a wind-up toy, it has an odd habit of causing trouble and as a result often plays the role of antagonist in Max's games and even in some episodes, albeit as an animate object that causes trouble, though it is often depicted peeking around corners menacingly like a stereotypical villain. Max simply refers to it as Lobster. In Detective Ruby, several of Ruby's things go missing and she plays detective to solve the mystery though Max realizes that his Lobster is responsible and tries to tell Ruby, but she thinks he just wants her to join him playing with his Lobster. In The Boy who Cried Lobster, Max is blamed for damaging Ruby's cake when it was actually caused by Max's Lobster and when Max tries to tell Ruby the truth, she does not believe him and ends up telling him a bunny tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, however after Ruby finishes the story, she sees the Lobster damage her cake, and realizes Max was telling the truth all along. In Ruby's Jigsaw Puzzle, it steals a piece from Ruby's ballerina jigsaw puzzle and Max tries to chase it down to retrieve it for Ruby, but Ruby unaware of the theft interferes in her attempts to get Max to leave her alone, though eventually she discovers the theft and together they manage to catch it. Despite all the trouble it causes, sometimes it can prove to be helpful such as in Ruby's Tent when its claw gets stuck on a rope of Ruby's tent, pulling up the tent allowing Valerie to pin the rope down with a peg, allowing her and Ruby to earn their tent merit badge.
  • Candi (voiced by Carolyn Hennesy) – Owner of the candy shop in East Bunnyhop. Ruby occasionally worked in her store and visits her occasionally. Due to Max's love of sweets, he is quite fond of Candi as well as the sweets she makes and sells such as her Candy Apples. Besides candy, Candi's shop is shown to occasionally sell simple toys such as vampire teeth in Bunny Money. During East Bunnyhop's cultural festivals, Candi runs the India table and is shown to be knowledgeable of Indian culture.
  • 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. She has a pet Parrot named Pandora. In Ruby's Autograph, it is revealed she also runs the dance studio that Ruby attends and in the past was the famous Ballerina Bunny Pavlova's dance teacher when she lived in East Bunny Hoop. During the East Bunnyhop's cultural festivals, Roslinda runs the Mexican table and is shown to be knowledgeable of Mexican culture.
  • Katie (voiced by Yvonne Craig) – Waitress at the diner in East Bunnyhop. During East Bunnyhop's cultural festivals, Katie runs the Japan table and is shown to be knowledgeable of Japanese culture.

New characters – Season Six[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. They tend to let Max and Ruby solve their problems on their own and usually go about their daily business, though may occasionally check in on them from time-to-time or ask how their day went at the conclusion of the story.
    • 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.
  • Ms. 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. He is handicapped and uses a wheelchair, but is just as active as his classmates. In "Max! Bam! Boom!", it is mentioned that he has a talent for juggling.
  • Lily (voiced by Kallan Holley[citation needed] and Isabella Leo[16]) – One of Max's classmates who appears in Season 6. In "Show and Tell", it is revealed that she enjoys playing soccer. She is also the first of Max's new school friends to hang out with him outside of school.
  • Priya – (voiced by Laaibah Alvi) One of Max's classmates who appears in Season 6. She is shy and has trouble opening up to others, but Max eventually discovers that being his fun, silly self is the best way to get her to open up in "Max and Priya."
  • Mr. Estevez (voiced by Carlos Diaz) – Ruby, Louise, and Valerie's new teacher who first appears in the Season 6 episode, "Ruby's Teacher". Ruby and her friends initially assumed their teacher would be female and made a special card for their new teacher based on this false assumption. Fortunately for Ruby, Max had altered the card Ruby had made without her knowledge, which was more to Mr. Estevez's liking.

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 3 7-min. segments (see episode list for details).

In an interview with someone at Nick Jr. that is no longer online, 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.[19] The series aired on Nick Jr. in the United States on October 21.[20] 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. ^ "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. ^ "Ruby's Piano Practice; Max's Bath; Max's Bedtime". Screener. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on October 18, 2002". Newspaper.com. October 18, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 

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