Max and Ruby
What parents need to know
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?