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.
Samantha Morton was the voice of Ruby for the first two seasons. 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. In Season 6, Gavin MacIver Wright replaced Tyler Stevenson as the voice of Max and Lana Carillo replaced Rebecca Peters as the voice of Ruby.
A fifth season began December 10, 2011.
The complete series can be found on the Canadian iTunes store.
A sixth season premiered September 18, 2016 with two back to back episodes.
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 physically or mentioned until season 6, although in the first 5 seasons 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, he often accompanies Ruby in Bunny Scout activities such as parades and camping trips. Max wears a stripped t-shirt and blue overalls in all five seasons. In Season 6, Max is old enough to attend preschool and is better at communicating as he can speak complete sentences instead of just a few words.
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 multi-colored flowers in seasons one and two, and then switches to a pink dress in seasons three, 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 often has a romanticized or girlish view of things, which often causes her to come into conflict with Max, who sees things more simplistically and is more perceptive than her. 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. Sometimes gets so caught up in her annoyance and frustration over Max's antics interfering in something she is trying to accomplish she fails to realizes that she has actually accomplished what she was trying to do until it is pointed out to her. Other times she fails to realize her brother is trying to tell her something important or misinterprets things due to his limited vocabulary. In order to try to correct Max's behavior, she will occasionally tell him various "Bunny tales" which feature Max, Ruby, Grandma, and their friends replacing central characters of classic fairy tales. These "bunny tales" act as fables with a moral at the end that Ruby intends to teach Max a lesson, however they usually backfire or give Max a different idea. Sometimes these bunny tales are unwarranted or unnecessary, such as in "The Boy Who Cried Lobster" when Ruby believed that Max had ruined her cake and blamed it on his Wind-Up Lobster only to discover that Max was in fact telling the truth after she had finished the story.
Grandma (voiced by Kay Hawtrey) – Mr. Bunny's Mother and paternal grandma of Max & Ruby. 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.
Mr. & Mrs. Bunny - Max and Ruby's parents. In the first five seasons they only appeared in the background in photographs. They makes their first physical appearance in the series in Season 6 episode "Max's Preschool" and subsequently appear on a regular basis. Mr. Bunny is Grandma's son.
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; Morris also manages to be more clever than she. 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. In Season 6, he attends preschool with Max and like Max also now speak in complete sentences.
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.
Baby Huffington (voiced by Joshua Savage) - The son of Mr. and Mrs. Huffington who Ruby often babysits. Baby Huffington is sometimes referred to as Baby H. Contrary to what Ruby believes, Baby Huffington enjoys noise and loves Max's noisy toys like his Green Alien Gorilla and Good Morning Macaw. During one episode Max helps Ruby discover that the secret to getting Baby H to fall asleep is the Huffington's Cuckoo Clock. He seems to like space rockets, robots, and Super Bunny. Due to their similar interests and likes, Max often proves to be a great help to Ruby when she is babysitting Baby H.
Mrs. Huffington (voiced by Emily Scott) - The wife of Mr. Huffington and mother of Baby Huffington and the daughter of Bunny Scout Leader. Mrs. Huffington is a talented Baton twirler and cheerleader, and she taught Ruby and Louise how to twirl batons and is one of the new Bunny Scout leaders since the episode "Max's Nightlight", though considering her mother is Bunny Scout Leader, it is likely that she was a Bunny Scout in her youth and has since become a scout leader as an adult.
Mr. Huffington (voiced by John Torres) - Mrs. Huffington's husband and father of Baby Huffington. Mr. Huffington is shown with various jobs, he has appeared as a clown and a photographer. He also works at various fairs and events that Max and Ruby attend.
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.
Mr. Piazza (voiced by Jamie Watson) - Mr. Piazza runs the local market in East Bunnyhop and is the father of Roger.
Roger Piazza (voiced by Robert Hall) - The son of Mr. Piazza. Roger is "almost seven and a half" years old. Roger is athletically gifted and participates in a variety of sport. He treats Max like a little brother and is into basketball, football, sledding, hockey, and toy racing cars (to Ruby and Louise's dismay). Roger has a cameo in the episode "Max's Rocket Run" where he sleds down the biggest sledding hill, Rocket Run with a large group of bunnies, three days after Christmas which is his first appearance. Louise and Ruby are infatuated with him. In the first two seasons he says only "Uh-huh" and "Uh-uh", but speaks completely in season three, season four, and season five. He often helps his father at his store and helps out with Max and Ruby's projects such as in Max Saves the Parade. In later episodes, Ruby often has Roger babysit her brother in order to distract Max by teaching him how to play various sports in order to keep Max from interfering with her and her friends' various games and projects.
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. He has a faithful sidekick named Zoom-Zoom.
Wind-Up Lobster - A wind-up Lobster toy that was one of Max's birthday presents in Max's Birthday, from his and Ruby's Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate which Max didn't like at first though after having fun being chased by it he finds he likes it and decides to keep it. After this it appears in various episodes. Despite being just a wind-up toy, it has an odd habit of causing trouble and as a result often plays the role of antagonist in Max's games and even in some episodes, albeit as an animate object that causes trouble, though it is often depicted peeking around corners menacingly like a stereotypical villain. Max simply refers to it as Lobster. In Detective Ruby, several of Ruby's things go missing and she plays detective to solve the mystery though Max realizes that his Lobster is responsible and tries to tell Ruby, but she thinks he just wants her to join him playing with his Lobster. In The Boy who Cried Lobster, Max is blamed for damaging Ruby's cake when it was actually caused by Max's Lobster and when Max tries to tell Ruby the truth, she doesn't believe him and ends up telling him a bunny tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, however after Ruby finishes the story, she sees the Lobster damage her cake, and realizes Max was telling the truth all along. In Ruby's Jigsaw Puzzle, it steals a piece from Ruby's ballerina jigsaw puzzle and Max tries to chase it down to retrieve it for Ruby, but Ruby unaware of the theft interferes in her attempts to get Max to leave her alone, though eventually she discovers the theft and together they manage to catch it. Despite all the trouble it causes, sometimes it can prove to be helpful such as in Ruby's Tent when its claw gets stuck on a rope of Ruby's tent, pulling up the tent allowing Valerie to pin the rope down with a peg, allowing her and Ruby to earn their tent merit badge.
Candi (voiced by Carolyn Hennesy) – Owner of the candy shop in East Bunnyhop. Ruby occasionally worked in her store and visits her occasionally. Due to Max's love of sweets, he is quite fond of Candi as well as the sweets she makes and sells such as her Candy Apples. Besides candy, Candi's shop is shown to occasionally sell simple toys such as vampire teeth in Bunny Money.
Rosalinda (voiced by Anne Hill) - Owner of a gift shop that sells jewelry and collectibles and a friend of Max and Ruby's grandmother. She has a pet Parrot named Pandora. In Ruby's Autograph, it is revealed she also runs the dance studio that Ruby attends and in the past was the famous Ballerina Bunny Pavlova's dance teacher when she lived in East Bunny Hoop.
Katie (voiced by Yvonne Craig) - Waitress at the diner in East Bunnyhop.
Ms. Bunty - Max's preschool teacher who first appears in the Season 6 episode, "Max's Preschool".
Winston - One of Max's schoolmates who appears in Season 6. He is handicapped and uses a wheelchair.
Lily - One of Max's schoolmates who appears in Season 6.
Priya - One of Max's schoolmates who appears in Season 6.
Mr. Esteban - Ruby, Louise, and Valerie's new teacher who first appears in the Season 6 episode, "Ruby's Teacher.
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.
A musical version of Max and Ruby, entitled Max and Ruby, is produced by Theatreworks USA and tours the United States. The show was written by Carol Hall and Glen Berger.
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).
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