1. Max's Birthday
Here's one problem I have with cartoons - they make wind-up toys look more advanced than the show's setting itself. It looks like 1998 had 2030s clockwork inventions with infrared laser technology that runs on a mainspring, which boggles my fucking mind like that bird pistol. So anyways, the title is misleading - it's not about some party where Max blows some candles or tries to hit a pinata but instead ends up bashing her big sister up, it's just a lobster that was somehow already wounded before placed inside the box and still walked on its own for a long ass time even after it was left inside the box for a long ass time. Do these toys run on automatic quartz movements? Anyways, while Ruby is busy recycling the gift wrappers and turning them into thank you letters, Max plays with some automata chicks that can perform circus tricks as a hoop comes close to it while running on clockwork power and OH GOD I CAN ALREADY HEAR THE SCREAMS OF OBSESSED CLOCKPUNK FANS FROM HERE WHO WISH THIS WAS REAL. The mechanical lobster comes back to haunt Max and Ruby doesn't seem to give a shit as the toy ventures straight outta
Wait, hold on, I hear cats getting fucked in the ass outside...
2. Max's New Suit
Ruby and Max are going to have visitors-
Wait there... WILL YOU PUSSIES SHUT THE FUCK UP?!
Rose and Payne (please ignore the blood on my bolo) are going to have visitors today and now they have to get dressed up and look as rich as they could. While Ruby's efforts will end in vain since their parents are dead (I'm sure this might get debunked by Mythbusters soon no matter what) and their wealth can be compared to an Egyptian who runs an ice cream business in winter Norway, she is still determined to make herself look as rich as possible, by wearing a purple regalia (cheaply dyed) and using the best utensils she can find, which I can compare to utensils I find in junk shops, and brittle plates made of cheap ceramic, with plastic teacups you can find in children's tea sets on the side. Let's get on with this - Ruby forces Max to wear a suit where he responds with hostility and comes back to playing with his rocket toys. The number of times Max tries to get rid of the suit ended with him having to try to get rid of it again, like Sisyphus, except it ends when the gods finally had it and decided to keep the boulder on top so they could hang out with the Roman gods who were invited for Zeus's tea party. Except Sisyphus came in looking pants-on-head retarded and his sombrero covering his penis. So going back to Autodesk and Allen the previous sentence is almost the exact same thing that happened in the end, Ruby's friends who are poorer than her staring at Max's lack of gonads.
3. Goodnight Max
It's 12 in the night and May's little brother Max is having a hard time sleeping, probably because those loud cats outside are doing it on the road but actually it's because Max's big sister's gramophone records (wait, THEY STILL USE THOSE?) are still playing. Jack Ruby then says goodnight to her dolls Emily, Rapunzel, the Quacks, Shanghai, Freddy Fazbear, and a talking jenglot. Max Tennyson accidentally spills water on his shirt and had to wear another one instead of, you know, waiting for it to dry by itself. Then a medieval biscuit with ancient raspberry jam filling that had been stuck inside the pocket of his new pajamas for centuries stained his new shirt. Afterwards he stuck a piece of Mesoamerican bubblegum on his pants and had to wear yet another set of pajamas. How many fucking pajamas does this boy own? It's like they're being issued by the government! So anyways after that the Lunarians made a signal to Max requesting him to send a moon rabbit named Reisen Inaba to save them since the humans returned to invade the moon again, this time with robots from China, but Max misinterpreted the message as "I WANNA FUCKING KEEP YOU AWAKE, BOY" and asks his big sister to close the drapes. Afterwards, Ruby Gallagher gives her talking jenglot to Maxillaria so he could sleep at long last. Fortunately it worked, because any other kid would be scarred for life and have a hard time sleeping with an embalmed fetus that has been crafted into a humanoid doll. Now Robbie Rue gives Max a goodnight kiss, tells her dolls, and Max "goodnight" before telling herself to give a good night sleep while Max's jenglot screams "mati sudah!" repeatedly.
The charm I find about Max en Ruby is its animation style. It's the way it's animated that, despite looking rather like a crudely (yet professionally) made sprite animation uploaded for Newgrounds, gives the show its unique charm, although Monty Python looks funnier since it had tits. The backgrounds looking painted and the characters and their stuff looking cell-animated like Rozen Maiden: Zuruckspulen's shittier way of animating may make your brain shit itself through your nostrils because it gave you a cerebral enema, but to me it's kind of like Mr. Bean, and I remember how funny and uniquely animated Mr. Bean was, back when words like "pudding" makes me laugh because I couldn't understand them because I was fucking 8.
The voice acting's unlike most other cartoons I watched in my childhood. Other cartoons had shitty-ass voice acting which made me want to get a scorpion and a tarantula and play some Audiomachine in the background while I watch the two fight each other to the death. Max & Ruby's voice acting is a lot better since it felt kind of professional instead of the awkward fake exaggeration of voice. Ruby's voice sounds charming (probably because Katie Griffin voiced her) while Max's voice sounds rather natural. Speaking of the characters, Ruby talks a lot while Max only utters a few words, just like real life depictions of aristocratic girls and boys. Something unusual to see in animated shows these days except for maybe in Gravity Falls or Haiyore! Nyaruko-san. I don't know what keeps Ruby so fucking tolerant to Max's acts of misbehavior since I would usually throw him into a fucking volcano if he'd ever try to commit the same mistake thrice, but at least it's a hell of a lot less depressing than Pingu.
One thing that displeases my interest of this show is its lack of a good enough storyline. The story of each episode is usually the "self-righteous elder forces kid to do what elder believes is right except the kid proves otherwise in the end" cliche, and as time progresses it becomes as insubstantial as eating paper in place of bread. Sure, it's 495 times funnier than Pingu and Nu Pogodi combined but it's only almost as funny as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, although I discovered MLP months after I was circumcised, at the time I already became a man. And at the time I became a man I became attached to MLP, then currently with anime, and then watchmaking, and then hentai featuring girls getting it deep in the ass. Sure there's rule 34 of this show already but hey, I'm still asking myself this question - WHERE THE FUCK DO THESE KIDS GET THEIR MONEY FROM? Obviously there's their grandmother but I doubt she still has a job. Maybe the CIA paid them to be watched by the government through hidden CCTV cameras, and that includes being in the middle of bath times or something, but not by perverted pedophiles because Ruby is fucking 7 for Christ's sake.
Overall Max and Ruby is a beautifully animated children's show, despite originally being a book written by someone named Parsley Somerset, who nearly had an Edgar Award for her book called "Through The Hidden Door". If Rosemary DID win that Edgar Award then Max and Ruby might have outlived the First French Republic by an extra 3 decades.