Max & Ruby

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Max & Ruby
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GenreChildren's television series
Created byRosemary Wells
Based onMax & Ruby
by Rosemary Wells
Directed by
  • Jamie Whitney (Seasons 1–2)
  • Steven Boeckler (Seasons 3–5)
  • Derek Prout (Seasons 6–7)
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Opening themeMain Title Theme by The Manhattan Transfer (uncredited)
Composers
  • Geoff Bennett
  • Ben Johannesen
  • Andre Hirz
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes130 (334 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Michael Hirsh (Seasons 1–5)
  • Scott Dyer (Seasons 1–4)
  • Tina Peel (Seasons 1–5)
  • Vince Commisso (Seasons 3–5)
  • Steven Jarosz (Seasons 3–5)
  • Doug Murphy (Seasons 3–5)
  • Diana Manson (Seasons 3–5)
  • Colin Bohm (Seasons 6–7)
  • Megan Laughton (Seasons 6–7)
  • Irene Weibel (Seasons 6–7)
Producers
  • Alice Bell
  • Tracy Leach (Seasons 1–5)
  • Venessa Esteves (Seasons 6–7)
  • Melissa Graham (Seasons 6–7)
Running time22-23 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network Treehouse TV (Canada)
Nick Jr. (U.S.)
Picture format NTSC (2002–2010)
HDTV 1080i (2011–2019)
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseMay 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) 
August 24, 2019 (2019-08-24)

Max & Ruby is a Canadian children's animated television series produced by Nelvana Limited based on the book series by Rosemary Wells. The series debuted on Treehouse TV on May 3, 2002, in Canada [1] and on Nick Jr. on October 21, 2002, in the United States. [2]

Contents

Premise

Max & Ruby is about two bunnies: Max, a rambunctious and determined three-year-old and his sister Ruby, a patient, goal-oriented and restrictive seven-year-old. [3] The series takes place in a fictional town called Eastbunny Hop, in a universe populated by mostly bunnies and other creatures in the 1940s and 1950s. According to Wells, the series shows the relationship between Ruby, Max and the universal nature of sibling relationships. [4]

Episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 3913May 3, 2002 (May 3, 2002)March 14, 2003 (March 14, 2003)
2 3913July 8, 2003 (July 8, 2003)May 4, 2004 (May 4, 2004)
3 4214April 6, 2007 (April 6, 2007)January 25, 2008 (January 25, 2008)
4 3612September 13, 2009 (September 13, 2009)January 20, 2010 (January 20, 2010)
5 7826December 10, 2011 (December 10, 2011)February 11, 2013 (February 11, 2013)
6 5026September 18, 2016 (September 18, 2016)September 24, 2018 (September 24, 2018)
7 5026August 12, 2018 (August 12, 2018)August 24, 2019 (August 24, 2019)

Characters

Main

Recurring

Production

Max & Ruby is produced by Nelvana Limited, in conjunction with Silver Lining Productions for its first five seasons, which was acquired by Chorion in 2005. [12] 9 Story Media Group overtook producing the animation from Nelvana in season 3 and would continue animating the series for seasons 4 and 5, with Chorion co-producing the series for seasons 4 and 5. Nelvana would still handle producing the series, and would for the rest of its run. After Chorion and its division Silver Lining Productions both close their doors when season 5 finished production, Atomic Cartoons overtook co-producing the series, season 6 of which premiered on September 18, 2016, [13] with a new main voice cast and theme song, along with each episode now having 2 10-minute segments per half-hour, rather than having 3 7-minute segments as in previous seasons. Season 7 of the series premiered on August 12, 2018.

In an interview with the US Nick Jr., Wells has stated 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." [4] However, in season 6, the series finally introduced Max and Ruby's parents. [14]

Telecast and home media

Max & Ruby was first premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada on May 3, 2002. [1] In the United States, the series aired on Nick Jr. on January 7, 2003. [2] A British English dub started broadcasting on Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland in February 2003.[ when? ]

DVDs

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 U.S. [15]

Main series
NameRelease DateNumber of EpisodesEpisode Titles
Max and Ruby's ChristmasOctober 26, 200412
  • "Max's Christmas" / "Ruby's Snow Queen" / "Max's Rocket Run"
  • "Ruby's Figure 8" / "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 RubyMarch 1, 200512
  • "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 HalloweenAugust 30, 200512
  • "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 RubyFebruary 14, 200612
  • "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 RubyAugust 1, 200612
  • "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 RubyMarch 13, 200712
  • "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 RubyJune 5, 200712
  • "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's Pajama Party" / "Baby Max" / "Bunny Scout Brownies"
  • "Max's Valentine" / "Ruby Flies a Kite" / "Super Max"
A Merry Bunny ChristmasOctober 2, 200712
  • "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 Fireflies" / "Max and Ruby's Fashion Show" / "Ruby's Sing Along"
  • "Ruby's Puppet Show" / "Sugar Plum Max" / "Max's Ant Farm"
Berry Bunny AdventuresFebruary 26, 200812
  • "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 Mud Bath" / "Max's Lost Lizard"
  • "Ruby Riding Hood" / "Max and the Beanstalk" / "The Froggy Prince"
Perfect PumpkinAugust 26, 200812
  • "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 RubyJanuary 5, 201012
  • "Max's Thanksgiving" / "Max's Pretend Friend" / "Fireman Max"
  • "Ruby's Figure 8" / "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 GrandmaJune 15, 201012
  • "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 WinterSeptember 21, 201012
  • "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 TalesJanuary 11, 201112
  • "The Princess and the Marbles" / "Emperor Max's New Suit" / "Max and the 3 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 PlayApril 12, 201112
  • "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 SpringFebruary 11, 201412
  • "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 Night Light" / "Ruby's Bird Walk" / "Max Goes Fishing"
Sweet SiblingsFebruary 17, 201512
  • "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 CaringJune 2, 201512
  • "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
NameRelease DateNumber of EpisodesEpisode Titles
Nick Jr. Celebrates SpringMarch 2, 20041
  • "Max's Chocolate Chicken"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 1May 24, 20053
  • "Max's Work of Art" / "Max Meets Morris" / "Ruby's Scavenger Hunt"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 2October 18, 20053
  • "Ruby's Lemonade Stand" / "Ruby's Rummage Sale" / "Ruby's Magic Act"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 3February 7, 20063
  • "Ruby's Pajama Party" / "Baby Max" / "Bunny Scout Brownies"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 4June 6, 20063
  • "Max Cleans Up" / "Max's Cuckoo Clock" / "Ruby's Jewelry Box"
Nick Jr. Favorites HolidaySeptember 26, 20063
  • "Max's Christmas" / "Ruby's Snow Queen" / "Max's Rocket Run"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 5March 13, 20073
  • "Ruby Writes a Story" / "Max's Dominoes" / "Grandma's Attic"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 7September 27, 20073
  • "Max's Chocolate Chicken" / "Ruby's Beauty Shop" / "Max Drives Away"

As of 2022, the show is now streaming on Paramount+.

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