Max and Ruby
Max and Ruby
TV-Y | 03 May 2002 (USA)
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    Highly Overrated But Still Good

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    Griff Lees

    Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.

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    Tobias Burrows

    It's easily one of the freshest, sharpest and most enjoyable films of this year.

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    The movie really just wants to entertain people.

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    I'm appalled at this show to be perfectly honest with you all. This show gives a bad image and portrays a bad role model for children. For one Max and Ruby have no parents, they have a grandmother who apparently does not have custody! This gives children thoughts of being too independent and venturing out outside whenever they feel like it, if only they knew how evil and sinful this world was. Max is too needy, and when he wants something he constantly repeats it, and he always eventually does- not a good influence at all. Ruby is absorbed with herself, and is self centered. She puts herself ahead of everybody, and ignores her brother whom she is responsible for. The problem is kids are too young to understand their roles, even if they are fictional. This show is completely inappropriate on top of giving kids ideas to be too independent, I'm almost convinced that this show promotes atheist lifestyles and that the candy shop owner is a homosexual! This show is awful, don't watch- watch Yo Gabba Gabba! At least there is a parent/or adult guardian there!

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    Elizabeth Tims

    I've always wondered about the parental situation of Max & Ruby, but compared to Rugrats, I would much rather not see the parents than see infants pulling screwdrivers and whatnot out of their diapers. But in the end, it's a cartoon, it doesn't really need to make any sense whatsoever as long as children enjoy it. I mean, really, how many of our toddlers are actually going to try and catch a bus? My daughter won't even leave the room without me. So as long the cartoon isn't teaching the kids bad things, why worry? It's sweet with good intentions, And it's nice seeing older siblings helping to take care of the younger siblings. I grew up with hard-working parents, so my older sister was my mom and dad when our parents were away. It's just another point of view of how some kids grow up. I think this is a wonderful little show, but most of all my 16month old daughter loves it and that's all that matters. Plus, when our kids are older and are watching much dumber things (ie Drake & Josh, Hannah Montana, Spongebob Squarepants, etc) we will look back and miss the days our children were watching Max & Ruby.

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    I don't let my children watch it anymore because there is no parent figure.She may want kids to figure things out on their own, but I find this irresponsible. Parents are there to teach and help children, not to abandon them. There is not a single sign of a parental figure, and Grandma is the closest thing, and you can't figure out how far away she lives. Next door, a quick walk, or a bus ride away. A BUS RIDE!! 2 kids getting onto a bus by themselves to go to Grandma's?! This is teaching responsibility!! I hope no kid gets the same idea in real life and hops on a bus hoping to see grandma! Can you say Amber Alert? I also think Ruby shouldn't have to play "mommy & daddy". You can see how is wears on her when she get frustrated at her little brother. She can't be a kid herself because she is always taking care of her little brother. It's too much responsibility for a young person to handle.I'd probably like it better if it implied a caregiver/parent to show that Ruby had someone to go to when things got tough and not made to feel like she has to do everything from bathing her brother, dressing him, putting him in bed, feeding him, playing with him, and watching him. When does Ruby get a break? She's not his mom, she's his sister!I have 7 kids and I would not expect them to behave like an adult. They are kids first and foremost!

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    My older son (he is 4, his brother is 1) doesn't just watch this show; he has my wife or me come and watch it with him. He thinks Max's antics are hilarious.I think the point of the show has been missed by some people. It is directed at children who are in the Ruby role, I believe. Ruby is not a good caretaker. She is bossy and doesn't pay enough attention to her brother. Just about every episode I have seen has as its central lesson that if Ruby had paid more attention to Max and his needs, she would have solved her own problems or made her own life a little better.The lack of parents is not an issue to me, as the show centers on the dynamic between the two kids, which I think anyone with more than one kid can understand.One of the qualms I have with the show is that it reinforces gender roles a bit too sharply. As far as I can see, all the boys on the show are very physical and speak only in single words and get dirty. All the girls wear dresses and play dress-up and speak eloquently. It can also be pretty boring for an adult, but that is not its intended audience anyway.

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