Max & Ruby
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|Max & Ruby|
|Created by||Rosemary Wells|
|Voices of||Billy Rosemberg
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||126 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Diana Manson
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Silver Lining Entertainment
Nelvana (Seasons 1–2)
9 Story Entertainment (Seasons 3–5)
|Distributor||Nelvana Enterprises (2002–13)|
|Original network||Treehouse TV
|Picture format||480i (SDTV) (2002–10)
1080i (HDTV) (2011–13)
|Original release||October 21, 2002– February 11, 2013|
Max & Ruby is a Canadian-American animated series that is aimed at preschoolers. Created by children's book author/illustrator Rosemary Wells and based on the world of her Max and Ruby books, the episodes present stories about Max, a rambunctious and determined preschool-aged rabbit, and his older sister, Ruby, a patient, goal-oriented, sometimes restrictive rabbit. A pilot episode for this series aired in 2001 and the program appeared as a regular series on October 3, 2002. According to Rosemary Wells on the Nick Jr. website, "Max & Ruby celebrates the relationship between Ruby and her younger brother, Max, and the universal nature of sibling relationships."
Rosemary Wells, the author of the children's books the show is based on, says: "We don't see Max and Ruby's parents because I believe that kids resolve their issues and conflicts differently when they're on their own. The television series gives kids a sense about how these two siblings resolve their conflicts in a humorous and entertaining way." For the first season, Jamie Whitney was the director, and the first episodes were mostly written by Kate Barris and Patrick Granleese. While some of the stories were adapted from the books, the number of TV episodes eventually surpassed the number of books written by Wells.
Katie Griffin was the voice of Ruby for season one, Samantha Morton took over the role and was the voice of Ruby until the second season. Billy Rosemberg was the voice of Max until the following season. In Season 3, Rebecca Peters replaced Samantha Morton as the voice of Ruby. In Season 4, Tyler Stevenson replaced Billy Rosemberg as the voice of Max.
A fifth season began December 10, 2011.
The complete series can be found on the Canadian iTunes store.
Each episode consists of three self-contained vignettes which are 8 minutes long. Within each, Ruby is typically engaged in some sort of project or activity (which usually involves Max whether he's willing to participate or not), while Max has a particular interest of his own which either runs counter to his sister's or distracts her. Generally, Max's dialogue within each story is usually limited to just one word or a two-word phrase, which he repeats periodically for the rest of the episode until the end, sometimes saying a different word (or on rare occasions a full sentence). Since he only uses the same word when communicating, what he is trying to say is often misinterpreted. By the end of the story, Max usually ends up helping Ruby in some way, to her benefit and delight, or outsmarts her when she is trying to restrict him. Their parents are never seen or mentioned although there is a family photo hanging in the entry room, however, their grandmother makes regular appearances
Max – A white rabbit who is Ruby's three-and-a-half year old brother. In every episode Max says one word and Ruby always thinks its no help but at the end Max is always right and Ruby is wrong. Ruby will try to talk him out of it, but Max will keep asking for what he wants, and will eventually find a way to outsmart Ruby and her friends. Max's sidekick. Despite his young age, Max is quite smart and even able to read situations better than his sister. Though not actually a member of the Bunny Scouts, Max often helps his sister and her fellow bunny scouts with bunny scout activities and has helped his sister obtain several merit badges through his mischief and actions. In Ruby's Bunny Scout Parade, Ruby and Louise decide Max would make a perfect mascot as he fit the bunny scout manual's description of one, as he often brings them good luck when it comes to completing projects and obtaining merit badges. Since becoming the official mascot of Ruby's Bunny Scout troop.
Ruby – A white rabbit and Max's seven year old sister. Ruby always tries to be right even though at the end of each episode she is always wrong. She is taller than Max and wears a yellow dress with flower patterns in seasons one and two, then switches to a pink dress in seasons three and four and five. She is over-protective of Max and will often persuade him to do something against his will because, according to her, "it's what's best for him". Because she is older, she often thinks she knows better than Max and at times incorrectly misjudges things or how people may react to something. Ruby best friends are Louise, Valerie and Martha who are also part of the Bunny scout group. She is also somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to certain things and like things to be neat and tidy, which is in contrast with Max who is messy and generally untidy. She also has a bad habit of forcing Max to play a role in her and her friends (usually Louise) games when he wants to do something else or play a different game, such as in Baby Max when she in Louise force Max to play the role of a pretend "real baby" when Max simply wanted to play on the slide at the playground. However Ruby and her friends often underestimate Max's persistence in getting out of playing their game, such as in Baby Max when Ruby and Louise fell asleep due to failing to realize that taking care of even a pretend "real baby" is a lot of work, allowing Max to play on the slide without their interference. She likes to have tea parties, or regular parties with her dolls or friends or Grandma as guests. She is often bossy or even rude to Max, often losing patience with him, however, she does love him. Ruby often gets interrupted my Max and usually ends making mistakes on things she really gets annoyed but she always tries to make up excuses to make Max leave her alone however, it always backfires and Max keeps coming in.
Grandma – Max and Ruby's grandma. She likes to have fun and has an attic full of clothes and a treasure box that has a memory picture of herself and her husband wearing some fancy clothes to a festival. She has gray fur, wears a blue dress and is frequently involved with her grandchildren. Grandma appears to love her grandchildren. Even though Ruby believes that Grandma won't like Max's ideas she is always revealed to like both Max and Ruby's ideas equally, however she usually sides with Max when Max outsmarts Ruby and when Ruby assumes Grandma will love her ideas better than Max's.
Louise (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – A tan rabbit who is Ruby's best friend. She likes to have fun and has a cousin named Morris who is friends with Max, and Morris also manages to be more clever than her. She is also known for liking to attend parties and events like Max's birthday, and beach parties. She has auburn fur and wears a green tartan dress. Physically, she looks similar to Ruby except she's slightly taller. She tends to view things in the same girlishly romanticized way Ruby does, but is more open to other ideas. She also shares Ruby's inability to understand typical boyish interests like toy cars. She also has the same girlish infatuation with Roger that Ruby does, though this doesn't get in the way of their friendship. She sometimes isn't sure about Ruby's ideas but decides to help her out anyway and mostly decides to join her in her ideas. Even though Morris is her cousin, she treats him more like a little brother.
Morris (voiced By Cameron Ansell) – Max's best friend and Louise's cousin, though he acts more like an older brother to him. He doesn't know how to talk as well as Max. Upon their first meeting, he was unfriendly towards Max, but they quickly became friends and takes on the role of Max's sidekick, going along with whatever Max is doing. Like Max he is a big fan of Super Bunny and often pretends he is Zoom-Zoom, Super Bunny's faithful sidekick when playing Super Bunny with Max.
Valerie (voiced by Alexis Walla) - A friend of Ruby's, she is brown, wears a red and gold dress, has glasses and is shorter than Ruby and her other friends. She is very talented at playing the recorder and is in Bunny Scouts with Ruby, Louise, and Martha.
Martha (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) - A friend of Ruby's; however she is not seen as often as Louise or Valerie. She goes to, and is usually seen, at Bunny Scouts with Ruby, Louise, and Valerie, but sometimes joins them when playing. She has gold fur and is the only one of Ruby's friends with eyelashes.
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 fellow 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. She is Mrs. Huffington's mother, Mr. Huffington's Mother-in-law, and is baby Huffington's grandmother.
Roger: Ruby and Louises love intrest he is almost seven in a half as mentioned in an episode.
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.
Pets and animal friends
Ant Farm Ants - Ants that live in Max's Ant Farm. Due to Max's childish carelessness they have a habit of escaping their Ant Farm though Ruby appears used to it and it doesn't usually bother her as in Max Remembers indicates this is due to the fact they can be easily lead back to their Ant Farm. However, in Max's Ant Farm, Ruby is shown to fear Max's escaped ants will ruin the party she is hosting and has Max return them to their Ant Farm while she distracts her friends with party games and other party activities. However it the end Ruby discovers her opinion that her friends would not like Max's ants were unfounded as her friends were actually quite fond of Max's Ant Farm which they found fascinating.
Crab - A mischievous beach crab which Max calls Crab that appears in Getting Crabby at the Beach. While Max and Ruby are collecting seashells at the beach, Crab keeps stealing Ruby's seashells and Max tries to tell Ruby but she ignores him when she doesn't see the crab at first. Eventually Ruby and Max find that Crab has been stealing their seashells to build a tidal pool.
East Bunnyhop Bill - A local groundhog who predicts the coming of spring in East Bunnyhop every Groundhog Day (a parody of Punxsutawney Phil) that appears in Max and Ruby's Groundhog Day. Max simply refers to him as Groundhog. While everyone is gathered around the hole of Bill's burrow to wait his arrival, Max spots him peaking it he out of another hole and tries to inform Ruby and the others members of the community they are looking at the wrong hole. It isn't until Ruby reads that Groundhogs may have multiple burrows holes does she realize that Max has been trying to tell them that Bill has been using a different hole to exit its burrow.
Froggy - A little frog that lives in a waterway between Max and Ruby's home and their Grandma's house that is one of Max's animal friends. He appears in Max's Froggy Friend, Ruby's Easter Bonnet, Surprise Ruby, Max Drives Away, Max's Train Ride, and The Froggy Prince.
Goldfish - A goldfish that was one of the prizes at Mr. Huffington's Basketball Toss at East Bunnyhop's Penny Carnival in Ruby's Penny Carnival. Ruby was determined to win it though Max wanted to play other games forcing her to give Max's some of their carnival tickets. While Ruby kept failing to win the Goldfish, Max manages to win various prizes playing other carnival games. Ruby ultimately manages to win the Goldfish after Max bumps into her while wearing a space helmet prize he had just won. Ruby was overjoyed to win her goldfish but realized she didn't have a place to keep it, though fortunately they were able to make the goldfish a home using Max's various prizes: Max's Space Helmet became the fish's fishbowl, Max's bag of marbles to line the bottom of its fish bowl and Max's pirate ship made a perfect sunken ship for the fishbowl.
Hoppy - Max's grasshopper friend who appears in Max's Grasshopper and ends up becoming part of Ruby's Bunny Scout measuring science project after she and Louise discover he jumps much higher after he eats some of Ruby's bean plants. Unlike most of Max's animal friends, Hoppy was named by Ruby.
Lizard - The Bunny Scout's chameleon which Max calls Lizard, which Ruby and Louise build a terrarium for in Max's Lost Lizard. While Ruby and Louise are distracted by their project, Lizard escapes its box and Max tries to tell Ruby and Louise but their assume he just wants to look at the chameleon and ignore his attempts to tell them and so Max follows it around the house and becomes fascinated by its ability to change colors and ends up stealing various materials Ruby is using for the terrarium. Eventually Ruby and Louise discover the Lizard is missing and tell Max to put the leaves he had taken in the terrarium while they look for it, unaware that Lizard is on the green leaves due to its camouflaged. Max puts the leaves and Lizard in the terrarium and Bunny Scout Leader comes to check on the terrarium and assumes that Ruby and Louise had just assumed it had escaped cause they couldn't see the chameleon due to its camouflage and points it out to them that it is just blending in with the leaves inside its terrarium.
Pandora - Rosalinda's pet parrot that Ruby tries to teach to talk as part of a project in Ruby's Parrot Project.
Stick - A walking stick insect which Max calls Stick that appears in Ruby Gets the Picture. While Ruby and Louise were looking for an unusual insect to take a picture of for their Bunny Scout Insect Expert Badge, Max finds Stick and tries to tell Ruby and Louise about it but they think it is just an ordinary stick unable to tell it is an insect due to its camouflaged appearance and they get annoyed by his attempts to show it to them which interfere with them trying to take pictures of various other insects such as a horned beetle, a centipede, and a spotted swallowtail butterfly. Eventually Max gets Louise to accidentally take a picture of it with its eyes open and Bunny Scout Leader appears and informs them that they have found a walking stick insect causing both Ruby and Louise to realize Max was trying to help them find an unusual looking insect all along.
- In Bulgarian, the show is called Макс и Руби.
- In Czech, the show is called Max a Ruby.
- In Finnish, the show is called Max ja Meeri.
- In French, the show is called Max et Ruby.
- In India, The show is broadcast in Hindi (मैक्स और रूबी Maiksa aura Rūbī) and also broadcast in English.
- In Italian, the show is called Max e Ruby. Max and Ruby were both voiced by the same voice actress.
- In Korean, the show is Toki Nae Jib Ooh Lo Oh Sae Yo (토끼네 집으로 오세요).
- In Norwegian, the show is called Didrik og Dorte.
- In Poland, the show is called Maks i Ruby.
- In Russian, the show is Макс и Руби.
- In Swedish, the show is called Max och Ruby.
- In Spanish, the show is called Max y Ruby.
- In the United Kingdom, the show is dubbed with British voice actors, replacing the American English soundtrack.
- In the Israel, the show is called מקס ורובי and airs on Hop!.
- In Português, the show is called "Max e Rosa" in Portugal and "Max e Ruby" in Brazil.
Max and Ruby on stage
Max & Ruby Live (Our Favorite Things) is a live touring show of the series' two stars.
Max & Ruby is broadcast in the United States on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.. In Canada, the series airs on Nickelodeon Canada and Treehouse TV. The series is also shown in the United Kingdom on Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. 2. In India, the series airs on Nick Jr.. In Norway Max and Ruby airs on NRK Super and In Israel the series airs on הופ! (Hop!) and in France the series airs on Nickelodeon Junior and In Finland the series airs on Yle TV2 and Nick Jr. (Finland).
- Nick, Jr., About Max & Ruby
- Nick, Jr., Meet Rosemary Wells
- "Meet the Creator of Max & Ruby". nickjr.com. Nick Jr. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
- "Max and Ruby". Retrieved June 23, 2013.