Max and Ruby: A ranty interlude

Blame pinkpearbear.  She, like abioborne, encouraged me in this!  The Glasshouse Girls also share part of the blame.  As well as encouraging my more sober, reflective side they also fanned the flames for this one.

My last rant on the terrible Paw Patrol show remains bizarrely popular and I almost feel sorry for the people looking for light hearted relief stumbling upon the slough of despond that is this blog.

“Max and Ruby / Ruby and Max”

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Even the theme tune is dull

I mentioned in that post that much as Paw Patrol annoys me “it is not Max and Ruby”, a show so poor that it is our calming mantra when we have to tolerate some terrible brightly coloured, relentlessly cheerful atrocity (Hi, Mother Goose Club!).

There’s a wider question about the need to rant and dissect children’s shows but given they often occupy so much of their attention we can’t help but try to find patterns in the repetitions.

One viewing may be fine but with “again, again!” I start to notice the odd details, the quirks and unanswered questions and cavernous plot holes. All that and the grating voices, charmless animation, coma inducing plots and lack of anything approaching humour.

Weep not for their evil deeds but their lack of imagination

One thing I can’t accuse Max and Ruby of is imagination.  Or creativity.

If drugs were involved in its creation they were probably sedatives.  In a warm mug of Horlicks made with water instead of milk, served in a mug with an inspirational slogan or “hang in there!” kitten.

For the uninitiated  (oh, how I envy your Max and Ruby-less existence) the show is a collection of dull suburban tales of the curiously parentless anthropomorphic sibling rabbits.

A small annoyance is the inconsistent use of anthropomorphism. Why is it only the rabbits that can talk?

Episodes revolve around the younger rabbit Max’s desire for a thing (toys, sweets, mud etc.) and his sister’s cavalier disregard for her brother as she obsesses, as all 7 year olds do, about centrepieces, piano recitals and home-made cosmetics made of mashed up fruit.

It can’t be that dull…can it?

One episode is devoted to Max continually interrupting his sister’s skipping rhyme about apple pie to ask for an apple. This means that Ruby repeatedly sing songs her tuneless way through.

 

 

 

 

 

“Brown sugar / Apple sauce / Spi-ces / Flour / Put it in the oven for half an ho-ur”

This is monumentally irritating because it’s a horrible whiny rhyme and it doesn’t even make apple pie. I’m all for poetic license but that doesn’t make a pie. It makes a floury mess. This may be a cultural thing but apple sauce rather than apples? That’s even worse. Apple sauce goes with pork (Hi, Peppa!) not pie.

There is no drama in this show and no surprises.  Everything is signposted well in advance and its conflict free world extends even to fairy tales where the story of Jack and the Beanstalk gets edited to remove that pesky giant.

It is a show that manages the rare feat of being offensively bland and Ruby’s buzz-kill instincts are played out again and again in some form of rabbity purgatory or circle of hell.

Like kicking a puppy

It’s so very wholesome and I’m sure the makers would be baffled and horrified that such a nice, inoffensive show could elicit such fury in parents.

 

 

 

 

For me, it is too wholesome. Through a long adult life of watching David Lynch movies I have learned to distrust wholesome as it is often hiding a darker secret wrapped in plastic.

 

 

 

That secret could be where are their parents? Is there a tragic reason behind Ruby’s seven going on 87 outlook on life? Did the death of her parents mean she had to take on the role of mother to her toddler brother? If so why isn’t their grandma looking after them?

Is it because Ruby is responsible for their disappearance? Did her obsession with centrepieces and order become murderous?

Or is the truth sadder still that the (non) adventures of these rabbits in a bland, safe existence the result of a fugue state or delusion of a traumatised lab rabbit trying to find its safe place from pain?

 

 

All this speculation is a way of purging all that frustration that comes from watching something bad. Not so bad it’s good but just bad. Like Lindsey Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me bad. A film so bad it genuinely believes that ‘it was all a dream’ counts as a twist ending ( directors cut). If you haven’t seen it you needn’t complain about spoilers. If anything I’m performing my public duty on saving you two hours of your life you will never get back.

It’s not like it was in the old days…no, wait.  It is.

What’s so rankling is that there’s plenty of better shows. More educational, more fun, more imaginative but just because I don’t like a show doesn’t mean I can stop my kids from watching it. It’s not violent or corrupting.  It’s only crime is banality.

I won’t harp on that kids shows were better in my day because 1) it makes me sound 100 and 2) it’s not true.

It was as good and bad as it ever was with quality with clever and funny shows like Dangermouse and Round the Bend and Knightmare side by side with glorified toy commercials (gleefully satirised by Round the Bend) like He-Man, Transformers and the ‘will this do’ animation of Scooby Doo (and the less said about Scrappy Doo the better).

The case for the defence?

I have none but I have seen some unnamed souls that feel attacks on Max and Ruby are unfair.  If you like it I’d be interested to know what about it interests you and keeps you from hurling your TV or device into the nearest fire.

If you are on the side of the prosecution are there any other reasons I’ve missed for declaring it the worst kids TV show?  Are there show worse than this parade of banality?

38 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    wow I’m glad we don’t get this here! And we don’t have a TV so my daughter tends to pick what she watches from Youtube on the ipad instead. It does amaze me though how children can watch things that seem incredibly mundane! #effitfriday

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      And for so long. My son and daughter watched an hour of footage of steam trains absolutely transfixed. The whole time my son announced every time a train appeared on screen (roughly every minute)!

      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. I’ve (thankfully) never seen this one! I used to hate all those badly animated shoes like Dexter’s Lab and the Powerpuff Girls, I’m glad they don’t seem to be on much anymore. x #effitfriday

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      Aw…I liked Dexter’s Lab! Especially the coffee episode.

      I’m glad my post will prevent you from experiencing its banal horrors! Thanks for commenting.

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  3. I’m so glad that I’ve never seen this! I think I might casually nudge Eden in a different direction if she ever shoes an interest in it #effitfriday

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  4. Laughing Mum says:

    haha! this is brilliant! I was not a fan of them when my kids were younger… The one I dislike the most is Peppa Pig… that is one rude little girl, she is spoilt and whiny and just generally unlikeable… your post has definitely tickled me! lol

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  5. Max and Ruby is terrible. There is no excuse for it. The only one I can say I dislike more is whiny little punk Mike the Knight

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  6. pinkpearbear says:

    This whole post had me laughing! It’s spot on. And what is that youtube video?! I didn’t know if it was a playback error but I got some weird automated voice over that was worse then the actual show. No wait, I tell I lie, it really wasn’t!! I seem to have redeveloped that nervous tic now too. It usually only surfaces when their pictures pops up on netflix! 😉 Kids tv was sooooo much better when we were younger. Pat Sharp and the twins, what was that? Fun House? Get your own back. Demon Headmaster. Loved He-man and She-ra too. Don’t get me started on the teletubbies. Why on earth did they bring them back?!

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  7. Mrs Tubbs says:

    The books Max and Ruby are taken from are lovely. The TV show was shite. The Tubblet loved it. That was about 10 years ago. I cannot believe they’re still running them. Is George also still going to school?

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      I suspected they may be based on books. Are the plots and characters the same? Is it just the voices that ramp up the irritation levels?

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      1. Mrs Tubbs says:

        The books were fairly surreal and very different from the TV show. I think only the first few episodes are from the books as there were only about three of them. (It’s been a while!).

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  8. Kat says:

    This was put on the TV this morning by my daughter, much to my annoyance. To which I asked my five year old where are the parents anyway?
    “They’re dead mummy” she said, very matter of fact! #kcacols

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      Who are her sources?! Did I miss ‘a very special episode’ that explains it all?

      What did they do with the bodies? Is that why Max is always digging around in the mud pit?

      So many questions…

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      1. Kat says:

        Her source is probably her tiny crazy little mind!

        Today it was the one where they go on the bus? Who would let a child take a child on the bus? Madness!

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      2. ShoeboxofM says:

        One episode has Ruby send her brother to get shopping!

        There are so many better shows, why has this one captured their minds?

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  9. Silly Mummy says:

    Wow, this sounds like a criminal level of banality – I’m glad I have not been subjected to this one. Still, it is probably about time someone did make a children’s programme on sedatives, just to balance out all the hallucinogens. After reading this, I feel a little bad for the various posts I have written mocking Peppa, Night Garden, The Midwich Cuckoos (sorry, Topsy & Tim), comparing Sarah & Duck with the Muppet Babies, etc, etc – they are all sounding pretty good now! Thanks for the Public Service Announcement, though – I will put all efforts into ensuring my two never find out about Max & Ruby!

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      Love the description of Topsy and Tim! Peppa Pig and In the Night Garden are worthy of mocking. Dream like doesn’t have to be bad though. The Twirlywoos is whimsy done right.

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      1. Silly Mummy says:

        Strangely, we have never watched Twirlywoos, yet every time my youngest sees a Twirlywoo toy in the shops she gravitates towards it & is obsessed! Back from #bigpinklink

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  10. I seem to remember liking this show, the picture bought back fond memories, was it on TV in the 80’s, was it books I had read, who knows. Surely it can’t be that bad I thought having read your, as it turns out, incredibly well put together argument, so with excitement I hit play on the YouTube vid you so kindly provided. Wow, it is bad. So very bad. At least now I know not to ever let my son watch it or I may have to start drinking very early in the day! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  11. Julie S. says:

    I’ve never heard of that show heh but it probably isn’t available here. Or maybe I’m just not there yet with the kiddo. Our most popular hated children’s show is currently Calliou lol
    #KCACOLS

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      I’ve heard much about how teeth eatingly awful Calliou is. So far we’ve dodged that bullet!

      Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Mrs Morgan Plus 3 says:

    Everytime I watch this I wonder where their parents are and why max is so annoying… Now I have the theme tune in my head! #bigpinklink xx

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      And it’s not even a real theme tune!

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  13. I was laughing so hard at this post! My husband and I often sit back and make fun of my son’s shows together. I HATE Max and Ruby. It’s only been on once or twice in our house, and I’ve never put it on again, hopefully when my son can speak he won’t remember its existence! #KCACOLS

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  14. Oh my goodness-I haven’t seen this?!!! How have I not seen this?!! I have 2 children who would happily sit in front of the tv all day (no, I don’t let them before all the haters start to hate!!) but they nag me for it constantly, and I thought I knew all the shows!! Which channel is it on? I have to find it!! My favourite line was ‘if drugs were involved in it’s creation, they were probably sedatives’ that is brilliant!! It sounds utterly, utterly terrible! I too am always wondering about the history of the characters-how did they end up this way? Why do they live there? This doesn’t fit with real life? I seem particularly flummoxed by Sarah and Duck-she is a child who lives with no adults or siblings-just a duck. I…just…can’t…let this be allowed. Someone suggested the voice over guy is her dad, but I can’t see that myself. I do love the over analysing of a children’s tv show…off to seek this one out!! Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      It’s on Netflix and YouTube. Be warned it really is that awful.

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  15. I hate Max and Ruby, actually my disdain is aimed at the show and Ruby. I cannot stand how she treats her brother, I don’t understand why they have no parents no foster parents, and the Grandmother only checks in on occasions. Ugh. I needed this post thank you so much! #KCACOLS

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  16. I’ve never seen this one…and kind of glad it’s not available here! But I’m all for dissecting cartoons, I think overthink it too as we watch them so often haha #KCACOLS

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  17. I actually have never seen this show. I have a pre-teen who would rather die than watch something like this and a new baby who obviously doesn’t watch tv. So it would seem that there isn’t a lot to look forward to in the world of childrens tv shows! Bring back Animals of Farthing Wood! #fortheloveofBLOG x

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  18. When we put it immediately go into a zoned out trance. Dribble. Glazed eyes. The works. It’s inane. It’s fluffy trash. And they aren’t even cute bunnies. The one thing it has going for it is that it’s not caillou

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      Another vote for Caillou! I’ve yet to here a case for the defence!

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    2. ShoeboxofM says:

      Also you’re right. They are fluffy bunnies. So why would they need a fruit based FACE SCRUB? Is this more evidence for my traumatised lab bunny theory.

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  19. Madeline says:

    I feel quite lucky now that we’ve not seen this! I thought I knew the characters from a book I had as a child, but a quick google search tells me I’m actually thinking of Stanley and Rhoda, by the same author. So apparently I have no knowledge of Max and Ruby at all, which I’m thinking is a good thing after reading your post! x #KCACOLS

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  20. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum says:

    Never watched it and after reading this I am so glad I haven’t lol. Looks like it would be right up there on my list of kids shows I hate with Peppa Pig #kcacols

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      Peppa has its moments but the more I watch it the more annoyed I’m becoming with her behaviour! The DIY episode was brilliant though!

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  21. When Bella was little (she is now 6 as from yesterday 🙂 ) she only watched it a few times To be honest I haven’t really paid attention of the show so I could not comment on that. And as I said it was not on for long. Now she watches youtube videos all the time. It is her No1 way of entertainment at the moment. Sienna who is 21 months is obsessed with Peppa Pig. I have a love and hate relationship with this show but I think it is because of the amount of times I have to listen to the same episode lol. Thankfully she is now enjoying other shows and she is watching PP less which is great! She has not watched Max and Ruby yet. She likes to watch some cbeebies shows. Interesting post! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is great to have you. And I’m also grateful for your commenting. Hope you join un again on Sunday, 🙂

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