Ruby Gloom

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Ruby Gloom
Rubygloom logo.jpg
Ruby Gloom title card
Created byMighty Fine (producer) Martin Hsu (creator)
Developed byCarolyn Hay
Written byCarolyn Hay
Nicole Demerse
Alan Resnick
Alex Nussbaum
John van Bruggen
Directed byRobin Budd
Voices ofSarah Gadon
Stacey DePass
Emily Hampshire
Scott McCord
David Berni
Jeremy Harris
Adrian Truss
Peter Keleghan
Barbara Mamabolo
Stephanie Anne Mills
Dwayne Hill
Harvey Atkin
Ron Rubin
Theme music composerRay Parker
Tom Szczesniak
Opening theme"Ruby Gloom"
by Jeen O'Brien
Ending theme"Ruby Gloom" (Instrumental)
ComposersRay Parker
Tom Szczesniak
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes40
Production
Executive producers
  • Scott Dyer
  • Doug Murphy
  • Rita Street
Producers
  • Supervising producer: Patricia R. Burns (supervising producer;S1)
    Jocelyn Hamilton (S1, 3)
    Pamela Lehn (S2)
EditorAnnellie Rose Samuel
Running time23 minutes
Production companyNelvana
DistributorNelvana
Release
Original networkYTV (Canada)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseOctober 13, 2006 (2006-10-13) –
June 1, 2008 (2008-06-01)
External links
Website

Ruby Gloom is a Canadian animated television series based on the Mighty Fine apparel line of the same name created by illustrator Martin Hsu. The series was produced by Nelvana and began airing on October 13, 2006 in Canada on YTV.[1] It has the voices of Sarah Gadon, Stacey DePass, Emily Hampshire, Peter Keleghan, Scott McCord, David Berni, Jeremy Harris, and Adrian Truss.

History[edit]

Franchise[edit]

In 2001, Ruby Gloom began as a drawing on a piece of paper by illustrator Martin Hsu and was then spawned into a franchise by the American company Mighty Fine three years later.[2] Ruby Gloom began as a stationery line, and was featured on pencil cases, backpacks, clothing, key chains, and plush toys which were sold through Doeworld, a subsidiary of Mighty Fine.[citation needed]

Television series[edit]

In early 2005, Martin Hsu sold the rights to Ruby Gloom to Canadian animation studio Nelvana.[citation needed] In May 2005, the series was announced on the 2005 issue of Animation Magazine.[citation needed]

Main characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

These are the episodes that have aired on television. Most of the episodes contain a short skit at the beginning and end of the episodes, "Gloomer Rumor", the first episode of the series, is the only episode to have no opening skit, but an ending skit.

Season 1 (2006–07)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Gloomer Rumor"Robin BuddCarolyn HayOctober 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
22"Grounded in Gloomsville"Robin BuddCarolyn HayOctober 22, 2006 (2006-10-22)
33"Doom with a View"Robin BuddCarolyn HayOctober 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
44"Missing Buns"Robin BuddNicole DemerseNovember 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)
55"Iris Springs Eternal"Robin BuddAlan ResnickNovember 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
66"Science Fair or Foul"Robin BuddAlex NussbaumNovember 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
77"Poe-Ranoia"Robin BuddNicole DemerseNovember 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
88"Unsung Hero"Robin BuddCarolyn HayDecember 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)
99"Quadro Gloomia"Robin BuddAlan ResnickDecember 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)
1010"Skull Boys Don't Cry"Robin BuddCarolyn BennettDecember 17, 2006 (2006-12-17)
1111"Bad Hare Day"Robin BuddAlex NussbaumDecember 24, 2006 (2006-12-24)
1212"Happy Yam Ween"Robin BuddCarolyn BennettDecember 31, 2006 (2006-12-31)
1313"Ruby Cubed"Robin BuddCarolyn HayJanuary 7, 2007 (2007-01-07)

Season 2 (2007)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Shaken, Not Scared"Robin BuddRobin SteinJuly 15, 2007 (2007-07-15)
152"Once in a Blue Luna"Robin BuddAlan ResnickJuly 22, 2007 (2007-07-22)
163"Time Flies"Robin BuddJohn van BruggenJuly 29, 2007 (2007-07-29)
174"Lucky Me"Robin BuddAlan ResnickAugust 5, 2007 (2007-08-05)
185"Misery Loves Company"Robin BuddCarolyn BennettAugust 12, 2007 (2007-08-12)
196"Sunny Daze"Robin BuddCarolyn HayAugust 19, 2007 (2007-08-19)
207"Broken Records"Robin BuddAlex NussbaumAugust 26, 2007 (2007-08-26)
218"Gloomates"Robin BuddAlan ResnickSeptember 2, 2007 (2007-09-02)
229"Tooth or Dare"Robin BuddNicole DemerseSeptember 9, 2007 (2007-09-09)
2310"Venus de Gloomsville"Robin BuddAlan ResnickSeptember 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
2411"Seeing Eye to Eyes"Robin BuddJohn van BruggenSeptember 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)
2512"Name That Toon"Robin BuddJohn van BruggenSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)
2613"Skull in the Family"Robin BuddCarolyn HayOctober 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)

Season 3 (2007–08)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Writing on the Wall"Robin BuddAlan ResnickTBA
282"Déjà Vu – Again"Robin BuddAlan ResnickTBA
293"Ubergloom"Robin BuddNicole DemerseTBA
304"Pet Poepulation"Robin BuddAdrian TrussTBA
31
32
5
6
"Hair(Less): The Musical"Robin BuddCarolyn HayTBA
337"Beat Goes On"Robin BuddJohn van BruggenTBA
348"Out of This World"Robin BuddAlan ResnickTBA
359"Forget Me Not"Robin BuddNicole DemerseTBA
3610"Frank and Len: Unplugged"Robin BuddCarolyn HayTBA
3711"I'll Be Home For Misery"Robin BuddAlan ResnickTBA
3812"Disaster Becomes You"Robin BuddNicole DemerseTBA
39
40
13
14
"Last Train To Gloomsville"Robin BuddCarolyn HayJune 1, 2008 (2008-06-01)

Broadcast[edit]

Ruby Gloom premiered on YTV in Canada on October 13, 2006. In the United Kingdom, the series aired on Pop and Pop Girl in 2008. Channel RTÉ Two in Ireland broadcast the series in 2010. It also aired on 2x2 in Russia, Super RTL in Germany, Rai Gulp in Italy, RTP2 in Portugal, Pakapaka in Argentina and Australian channels ABC1 and ABC3 in 2008. More recently, as of 2020, the series has become available on demand via YouTube.

Awards and honors[edit]

Ruby Gloom was nominated for a 2014 Gemini Award in the category of "Best Animated Program or Series."[4]

The script for episode "Yam Ween", written by Carolyn Bennett, was a finalist in the 2007 Canadian Screenwriting Awards.[5]

Reception[edit]

Ruby Gloom received generally positive reviews from both critics and audiences, praising it for its characters, writing, soundtrack, and plot. It would go on to garner a cult following.[citation needed]

Common Sense Media gave the series a rating of four stars out of five, saying: "A nice mix of sweet-and-sour, Ruby Gloom's dark gothic setting underscores all the cooperation and kindness. Adults will enjoy jokes that kids may miss, such as when it's revealed that Ruby eats Glum Flakes cereal for breakfast. And all but the most sensitive kids will be too enraptured by fantastic elements like talking pictures and a school for ghosts to be unnerved by dark elements like Misery's constant talk of disasters and death".

The series was nominated for Gemini Award for Best Animated Program or Series in 2014.

DVD releases[edit]

Region 1[edit]

Canada – There are two DVDs available from Nelvana (in association with the TV station YTV). The DVDs present the episodes in NTSC 1.85:1 (16x9) anamorphic widescreen, with English Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and French Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. There are no subtitles or closed captions. The opening title sequence on the DVDs is the full version, and not the trimmed version that airs on YTV.

The DVDs in release order are:

Ruby Gloom: Grounded in Gloomsville – Contains the first four episodes of the series (as listed above), along with a behind-the-scenes special feature showing the voice recording of the episode "Hair(Less): The Musical" (parts 1 and 2).
Ruby Gloom: Misery Loves Company – Contains the episodes "Iris Springs Eternal", "Poe-ranoia", "Skull Boys Don't Cry", and "Misery Loves Company", with no special features.

Following this, a third DVD entitled Ruby Gloom: Pet Poepulation was scheduled for release on September 9, 2009,[6] but never became available.

United States – In 2013, kaboom! Entertainment and Phase 4 Films released six Ruby Gloom DVDs in the U.S. Each disc contains four episodes, arranged as a continuous show, with the repeated opening songs and individual mini-episodes trimmed out. All of the mini-episodes are included separately as a bonus feature, instead of being incorporated in their main episode as originally broadcast.

The discs are as follows:

Ruby Gloom: Happiest Girl in the World – Contains the episodes "Gloomer Rumor", "Doom With a View", "Missing Buns", and "Iris Springs Eternal".[7]
Ruby Gloom: I Heart Rock & Roll – Contains the episodes "Unsung Hero", "Quadra-gloomia", "Skull Boy's Don't Cry", and "Bad Hare Day".[8]
Ruby Gloom: Gloomates – Contains the episodes "Gloomates", "Seeing Eye to Eyes", "Name That Toon", and "Broken Records".[9]
Ruby Gloom: Grounded in Gloomsville – Contains the episodes "Grounded in Gloomsville", "Ruby Cubed", "Once in a Blue Luna", and "Time Flies".[10]
Ruby Gloom: Tooth or Dare – Contains the episodes "Tooth or Dare", "Skull in the Family", "Shaken. Not Scared", and "Misery Loves Company".[11]
Ruby Gloom: Welcome to Gloomsville – Contains the episodes "Venus de Gloomsville", "Science Fair or Foul", "Poe-Ranoia", and "Happy Yam Ween".[12]

As with the Canadian release, the DVDs present the episodes in NTSC 1.85:1 (16x9) anamorphic widescreen, with English Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, but they have Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 sound instead of French.

Brazil – Seasons one and two were released on 3-disc DVD box sets; however, the box sets do not include all of the episodes from each season (despite the DVD covers indicating this). Both box sets are presented in NTSC 1.33:1 (4x3) full screen (the sides of the widescreen image are cut to create the full screen ratio, also known as pan and scan) with Portuguese and English Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The opening title sequence is the trimmed version that airs on most TV channels (such as Canada's YTV). Neither box set includes any special features.

The box sets are:

Ruby Gloom: Full season 1 – Contains the first thirteen episodes from season one.

Ruby Gloom: Full season 2 – Contains thirteen episodes (the remaining eight episodes from season one plus the first five episodes from season two).

Region 2[edit]

FranceRuby Gloom: 1 is available from France Télévisions Distribution (in association with the TV station France 3) and contains the first six episodes of the series (as listed above). The episodes are presented in PAL 1.33:1 (4x3) full screen (the sides of the widescreen image are cut to create the full screen ratio, also known as pan and scan) with French Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Germany – Two DVDs were made available from SPV GmbH (in association with the TV station Super RTL) containing the first eight episodes of the series (as listed above), with each DVD consisting of four episodes. The episodes are presented in PAL 1.33:1 (4x3) full screen (the sides of the widescreen image are cut to create the full screen ratio, also known as pan and scan) with German Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

On October 15, 2010, Edel Germany GmbH released Ruby Gloom – Willkommen in Gloomsville (Ruby Gloom – Welcome to Gloomsville), which contains the first seven episodes of the series (as listed above).

Japan – A DVD box set entitled Ruby Gloom's Bible is available from Sony Music Entertainment and contains twenty of the series' first 24 episodes (as listed above) in random order on five DVDs. The episodes are presented in NTSC 1.85:1 widescreen with Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

United Kingdom – In the UK, Platform Entertainment Ltd. released an on TBA,

Region 4[edit]

Australia – There are four DVD volumes available from Magna Pacific containing the first sixteen episodes of the series (as listed above), with each volume consisting of four episodes. The episodes are presented in PAL 1.33:1 (4x3) full screen (the sides of the widescreen image are cut to create the full screen ratio, also known as pan and scan) with English Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

References[edit]

  1. ^ YTV Archived 2010-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Mighty Fine". Mightyfineinc.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
  3. ^ https://aminoapps.com/c/cartoon/page/blog/throwback-thursday-how-i-discovered-ruby-gloom/WJpI_XuL6ZR1YXZempx14Bzj5q18KNe
  4. ^ "Home – Academy". geminiawards.ca. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Gavin Crawford to host 2007 Canadian Screenwriting awards" (PDF), Writers Guild of Canada, retrieved March 18, 2016
  6. ^ Ruby Gloom Pet Population – via Amazon Canada.
  7. ^ "Ruby Gloom – Happiest Girl in the World". Phase 4 Films. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Ruby Gloom – I Heart Rock & Roll". Phase 4 Films. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Ruby Gloom – Gloommates". Phase 4 Films. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Ruby Gloom – Grounded in Gloomsville". Phase 4 Films. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Ruby Gloom – Tooth or Dare". Phase 4 Films. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Ruby Gloom – Welcome to Gloomsville". Phase 4 Films. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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