5 August 2004 | wolfofmoonandsun
I saw this once when I had a cold and the only alternative to Nick Jr. was political shows and Jerry Springer. To my surprise, I found it very sweet. OK, OK-it was downright adorable!
The show is about two little white bunnies, Ruby (age 7) and her little brother Max (age 3) and the trouble they get into. Actually, the trouble Max gets into because his stupid sister won't watch him. I'm sorry to say it, but Ruby is a terrible guardian. She neglects Max in favor of playing with her dolls (they have stupid names like Curly Shirly and Quack Quack Duck). If she bothers to play with him, it usually involves dressing him up with makeup like a prostitute. In an episode I saw just today, Max was hungry. You could tell because he kept saying "hungry!" Apparently Ruby is oblivious to his starvation and hauls him upstairs to give him a bath. While she fills the tub, Max goes down and gets a tub of sherbet. Ruby finds him and takes him back to the bathroom, sherbet and all, and then leaves him unattended in the tub to go get soap (real good parenting, honey. While you ramble about peach soap, Max is floating face down in the water.) She comes back to find that he has brought his sherbet into the tub, spilled it, and the water is now full of it. While she prepares a new bath, Max goes down for more food. Ruby brings him back up with the food, goes to get towels, Max spills the food in the water. This is repeated THREE TIMES. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS SACRED, RUBY, JUST GET THE CHILD A SANDWICH AND LET HIM EAT IT DOWNSTAIRS!
Like I said, Ruby is a horrible guardian. I have no idea where their parents are-maybe on vacation. I personally have a theory that they were killed in a bar fight and social services doesn't exist in the rabbit world. But I digress. The wonderful thing about this show is how Max outsmarts Ruby. He usually finds a way to get what he wants/or solve a problem despite Ruby's constant barrage of "No, Max!" Oh, and the look he gets on his face when he does. First he narrows his eyes at Ruby, as if saying "Nasty old wench." Then he pulls back his ears with this clever little smile...it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen.
Best of all, there really don't seem to be any morals in the show. Just things like "Listen to others, don't be like Ruby!" and "If you're smarter than someone else, you can succeed at whatever you want." These are very thinly veiled and probably not intentional. But unlike the lessons in Dora the Explorer, they can be used in real life!
Cute, funny, and just a little evil-I give Max and Ruby 7/10!