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Max and Ruby



Siblings set a positive example for preschoolers.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ruby is responsible for her actions as well as her little brother's. She models patient behavior.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is based on Rosemary Wells' children's stories, which provide a nicely packaged world for young kids. Max and Ruby have no parents, but the subject is never addressed. Ruby takes care of her younger brother, and they have the kind of caring relationship that any parent would want their own kids to have.

What's the story?

Lovable bunnies MAX AND RUBY are quite a duo: devious little brother Max (voiced by Billy Rosemberg) is willful, while good-natured older sister Ruby (Samantha Morton) is attentive and patient with him -- sometimes being a touch bossy as well -- but caring and able to set priorities. She teaches him games like hopscotch and jacks in detail, but Max is more interested in toy cars, eating ice cream, and getting his way, although he never throws a tantrum or gets into too much trouble. Otherwise, the bunnies ride the streetcar, pick apples from the tree, and try to earn badges for their bunny scout uniforms.

Is it any good?


Positive and admirable as their behavior may be, one obvious question arises: Where are Ruby and Max's parents? Nonetheless, their world is a utopian one, in which everything is safe and cared for. Max and Ruby's tales allow a comforting, fictional escape for young viewers.

It's refreshing to see a series in which the subject of play is so emphasized. The series is visually compelling and understated in its composition.Though it offers little in terms of educational value, Max and Ruby is a comfortably paced series for preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the siblings. What do the siblings do that your own kids could learn from? Have your kids noticed or asked where Max and Ruby's parents are?

TV details

Cast:Billy Rosemberg, Julie Lemieux, Samantha Morton
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 2 year old Written bymousespotter December 6, 2009
I think Max is a brat who often disobeys his sister, and sometimes wanders off on his own - not a good role model, in my opinion. After watching one episode, my 2 1/2 year old walked around in a monosyllabic trance for the rest of the night, saying "popsicle" over and over imitating Max. It was very annoying. Just like the show. itself.
Parent Written byBuzzgirl93 March 11, 2012

No Thanks

For a seven year old, Ruby is the most condescending, self-centered girl I've ever seen. With no parents, Max and Ruby are left to their own devices. Ruby does nothing but focus on her own goals be they baking a cake, getting a Bunny Scout merit badge or learning new dance moves. Max only wants his sisters attention and Ruby is so consumed by her own motivations that she completely disregards his feelings. Parents that think this show promotes independence are high. The only thing that this show promote is that you can get your way be being annoyingly persistent (Max) or by ignoring your siblings and focusing on yourself (Ruby). I am disappointed that Rosemary Wells would let her beautiful books be muddied by a show like this.
Parent of a 2 year old Written byfaroffstar April 2, 2010

obnoxious and pointless

This show is truly obnoxious. My husband and I can't stand it. Every episode is exactly the same, with Ruby ignoring Max and whatever he is trying to communicate, while she does whatever it is she is trying to do with her equally annoying and dismissive friend Francine. It's no wonder that Max has no manners and is completely obnoxious, since there are no parents in this show (with the exception of an occasional cameo from Grandma) and Max is left day in and day out with Ruby.


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