Tom Ruegger

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Tom Ruegger
Born (1954-04-04) April 4, 1954 (age 62)
Metuchen, New Jersey, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation Producer, writer, director
Years active 1976–Present
Spouse(s) Adrienne Alexander (divorced)
Annie Malley (2006–present)
Children Nathan Ruegger
Luke Ruegger
Cody Ruegger
Website Official blog

Tom Ruegger (born April 4, 1954) is an American animation writer, producer, and director.


In 1976, he made his first cartoon called The Premiere of Platypus Duck, while he was a student at Dartmouth College. In the 1980s Ruegger worked for Hanna-Barbera, writing and producing various animated series, most notably Snorks, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, Pound Puppies, and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. He also wrote one episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

In 1989 he began working alongside Jean MacCurdy and Steven Spielberg at Warner Bros. Animation to create and produce several animated series including Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria, Batman: The Animated Series, The Plucky Duck Show, Freakazoid, Taz-Mania and Road Rovers.

In 2004, Ruegger started Tom Ruegger Production, a full-service animation studio. In 2006, Ruegger began developing, story-editing and serving as executive producer on the 40-episode animated series Animalia, based on the picture book by Graeme Base. Along with Nicholas Hollander, he developed and story-edited another animated series entitled Sushi Pack.

Ruegger has received fourteen Emmy Awards for his work in animation.

Family life[edit]

Ruegger was married to voice actress Adrienne Alexander, who worked with him on Scooby-Doo and Pound Puppies. He met her while they both attended Dartmouth College. In 2006, he married Annie Malley, and lives near Los Angeles, California. Annie is a successful marathon runner, and he has three sons: Nathan, Luke and Cody. Nathan Ruegger provided the voice for the baby version of Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures, Skippy Squirrel on Animaniacs and Froggo on Histeria, where Luke provided the voice for the Flame and Bumpo Basset on Animaniacs and Big Fat Baby on Histeria. Cody performed the voice of Little Blue Bird on Animaniacs and Loud Kiddington on Histeria. The Ruegger boys also are the primary inspiration behind the main characters in Animaniacs, Yakko, Wakko and Dot. Tom Ruegger himself also made occasional cameos on his shows in caricature form, most notably as the recurring character of director Cooper DeVille in Tiny Toon Adventures.



Year Title Role
1976 The Premiere of Platypus Duck Director
1988 The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound Writer
1992 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation Writer, Producer
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Executive Producer
1999 Wakko's Wish Writer, Producer, Director, & Story


Year Title Role
1981 Blackstar Writer
1983–1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Developer, Story, Writer, Animator, & Producer
1984–1989 Snorks Writer & Animator
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Story, Writer, Creator & Animator
1986–1987 Pound Puppies Writer, Animator
1988–1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Developer, Story, Writer, & Executive Producer
1990–1995 Tiny Toon Adventures Writer, Creator, Producer
1991–1995 Taz-Mania Executive Producer, Developer
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Writer, Executive Producer, Creator
1992 The Plucky Duck Show Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
1993–1998 Animaniacs Writer, Creator, Senior Producer
1995–1997 Freakazoid! Writer, Developer, Senior Producer
1995–1998 Pinky and the Brain Writer, Creator, & Senior Producer
1996–1997 Road Rovers Creator, Writer, & Executive Producer
1998–2000 Histeria! Creator, Writer, Producer, & Executive Producer
1998-1999 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Creator, Writer
2007–2008 Animalia Developer, Story Editor, Executive Producer, & Editor
2007–2009 Sushi Pack Writer, Creator
2013 Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Writer, Developer
2014–2016 The 7D Executive Producer, Writer
2017 The Loud House Writer

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