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Thomas Charles Ruegger (//; born April 4, 1954) is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard artist, and lyricist. Ruegger is known for his association with Disney Television Animation and Warner Bros. Animation. He also created Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Histeria!.
|Born||April 4, 1954|
Metuchen, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
(m. 1983; div. 2004)
|Children||3 (including Nate Ruegger)|
Early life and careerEdit
In 1976, he made his first cartoon called The Premiere of Platypus Duck while he was a student at Dartmouth College. Shortly after graduation from Dartmoth in 1976, he moved to Los Angeles to become an animator. Ruegger began his career at Filmation, writing for Gilligan's Planet. He soon after joined Hanna-Barbera, writing and producing various animated series, most notably Snorks, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, Pound Puppies, and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. He also wrote one episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
In 1989, he began working alongside Jean MacCurdy and Steven Spielberg at Warner Bros. Animation to create and produce several animated series, including Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria, Batman: The Animated Series, The Plucky Duck Show, Freakazoid, Taz-Mania and Road Rovers.
In 2004, Ruegger started Tom Ruegger Production, a full-service animation studio. In 2006, Ruegger began developing, story-editing and serving as executive producer on the 40-episode animated series Animalia, based on the picture book by Graeme Base. Along with Nicholas Hollander, he developed and story-edited another animated series entitled Sushi Pack.
In 2011, Ruegger began working for Disney Television Animation and Disney Junior, where he executive produced 40 half-hours of The 7D, a comedy based on the seven Dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As of 2017, he is developing new animated series for Disney Junior.
Ruegger has received fourteen Emmy Awards for his work in animation.
Ruegger married voice actress Adrienne Alexander in 1986; they have three sons together, Nathan, Luke and Cody. The couple divorced in 2004. In 2006, he married marathon runner Annie Malley, and they reside near Los Angeles, California. Nathan and Luke have become voice actors. Nathan voiced the baby version of Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures, Skippy Squirrel on Animaniacs and Froggo on Histeria, where Luke provided the voice for the Flame and Bumpo Basset on Animaniacs and Big Fat Baby on Histeria. Cody performed the voice of Little Blue Bird on Animaniacs and Loud Kiddington on Histeria. Ruegger's sons also are the primary inspiration behind the main characters in Animaniacs, Yakko, Wakko and Dot.
As of 2017, Cody is serving as an attorney in New York City, while Nathan and Luke have careers in film and television in Los Angeles.
Ruegger himself also made occasional cameos on his shows in caricature form, most notably as the recurring character of director Cooper DeVille in Tiny Toon Adventures.
|1976||The Premiere of Platypus Duck||Director|
|1988||The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound||Writer, Lyricist|
|1992||Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation||Writer, Producer, Lyricist|
|1993||Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||Executive Producer|
|1999||Wakko's Wish||Writer, Producer, Director, Lyricist|
|2011||The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle||Writer|
|1978||Jana of the Jungle||Animator|
|1979||The New Fred and Barney Show|
|Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo|
|Casper and the Angels|
|Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle||Writer|
|1980||The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour|
|The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!|
|The Gary Coleman Show|
|He-Man and the Masters of the Universe|
|1983–1984||The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show/The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries||Developer, Writer, Story Editor, Co-Producer|
|1984||Challenge of the GoBots||Writer, Story Editor|
|1985||The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo||Developer, Writer, Story Editor, Executive & Associate Producer|
|1985–1988||Yogi's Treasure Hunt||Writer, Story Editor|
|1988||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||Developer, Writer, Producer, Storyboard Artist, Title Card Designer, Lyricist, Creator|
|1990–1992; 1994; 1995||Tiny Toon Adventures||Writer, Creator, Producer, Senior Producer, Story Editor, Lyricist|
|1991–1995||Taz-Mania||Executive Producer, Developer|
|1992–1995||Batman: The Animated Series||Writer, Executive Producer, Creator, Story Editor|
|1992||The Plucky Duck Show||Creator, Writer, Producer|
|1993–1998||Animaniacs||Writer, Creator, Producer, Senior Producer, Story Editor, Lyricist, Voice Actor|
|1995–1997||Freakazoid!||Writer, Developer, Senior Producer|
|1995–1998||Pinky and the Brain||Writer, Creator, Producer, Senior Producer, Story Editor, Lyricist|
|1996–1997||Road Rovers||Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Composer|
|1998–2000||Histeria!||Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Character Designer, Lyricist|
|1998–1999||Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain||Creator, Writer, Senior Producer|
|2003||The Powerpuff Girls||Storyboard Artist|
|2005||Loonatics Unleashed||Creative Consultant|
|2007–2008||Animalia||Developer, Story Editor, Executive Producer, Writer|
|2007||Sushi Pack||Writer, Creator, Executive Producer|
|2010; 2014; 2018||Nostalgia Critic||Special Guest Star, Writer, Lyricist|
|2013||Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures||Writer, Developer|
|2014–2016||The 7D||Executive Producer, Writer, Composer|
- O'Donnell, Chuck (July 20, 2014). "Cartoon genius inspired by childhood in Metuchen". MyCentralJersey. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
- Hunter, Sara Hougland. "Class Note 1976". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (September–October 2016). Retrieved August 28, 2017.
- Lamour, Joseph (April 14, 2016). "11 Secrets You Never Knew About Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, and Freakazoid!". MTV.com. MTV Networks. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
- Ruegger, Tom [@tomruegger] (March 28, 2016). "My son Cody Ruegger -voice of the Blue Bird #animaniacs & Loud Kiddington #Histeria sworn in as attorney today in NY" (Tweet). Retrieved August 29, 2017 – via Twitter.