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Max and Ruby
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Genre Children's television series
Created by Rosemary Wells
Directed by
  • Jamie Whitney (seasons 1–5)
  • Steven Boeckler (season 2)
  • Derek Prout (season 6)
Voices of
  • Katie Griffin
  • Samantha Morton
  • Billy Rosemberg
  • Julie Lemieux
  • Kay Hawtrey
  • Rebecca Peters
  • Tyler Stevenson
  • Drew Davis
  • Nicholas Fry
  • Gavin MacIver-Wright
  • Lana Carillo
Theme music composer
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Opening theme Main Title Theme by Manhattan Transfer (uncredited)
Composer(s)
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 130 (338 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • 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 3–6)
  • Doug Murphy (seasons 3–5)
  • Diana Manson (seasons 4–6)
  • Season 6:
  • Colin Bohm
  • Megan Laughton
  • Irene Weibel
Producer(s)
  • Alice Bell (season 1)
  • Tracy Leach (seasons 1–2)
  • Season 6:
  • Venessa Esteves
  • Melissa Graham
Running time 7 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 company(s)
  • Canada
  • Nelvana
  • 9 Story Entertainment (seasons 3–5)
  • Atomic Cartoons (seasons 6–7)
  • U.S.
  • Silver Lining Productions (seasons 1–5)
Release
Original network Treehouse (Canada)
Nick Jr. (U.S.)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (2002–10)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2011–19)
Audio format Stereo
Original release May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) – August 24, 2019 (2019-08-24)

Max & Ruby is a Canadian 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, and in the United States, the series premiered on Nick Jr. on October 21, 2002.

Plot

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. According to Wells, the series shows the relationship between Ruby, Max, and the universal nature of sibling relationships.

Episodes

List of Max & Ruby episodes

Characters

Main

  • 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 three-and-a-half year old bunny. He has white fur and is Ruby's younger brother. Prior to seasons 3–5, for the first few episodes of the first two seasons (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 season 6–7) is a seven-year-old white bunny. She has white fur and is Max's older sister. She's the more level-headed of the siblings.
  • Grandma (voiced by Kay Hawtrey) has gray fur and is the grandmother to Max and Ruby.

Recurring

  • Louise (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – Ruby's best friend who has tan/auburn fur. She is also seven years old.
  • 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 season 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 season 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 and a friend of Max.
  • Roger Piazza (voiced by Robert Hall) – The son of Mr. Piazza. He is older than Ruby and Louise; he is seven and a half years old.
  • 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) (voiced by Paul Bates) – Max and Ruby's father.
  • Mom (a.k.a. Mrs. Bunny) (voiced by Caroly Larson) – 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) – 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

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

Max & Ruby is produced by Nelvana in seasons 1–7 in Canada, 9 Story Media Group in seasons 3–5 in Canada, Silver Lining Productions in seasons 1–5 in the United States, Chorion in seasons 4–5 in the United Kingdom, and Atomic Cartoons in seasons 6–7 in Canada. A sixth season of the series premiered on September 18, 2016, with a new main voice cast and theme song, and all new episodes being split into two 11 min. segments, rather than the original three 8 minute episode segments (see episode list for details) from the first five seasons. A seventh season of the series premiered on August 12, 2018 (with the same thing as Season 6; episodes split into two 11 min. segments).

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." However, in Seasons 6 and 7, the series finally introduced Max and Ruby's parents.

Release

Broadcast

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

Home media

United States

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.

Main series
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'a 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
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

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