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PuffRuff School is an American animated television series created by Trevor Jordan for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is primarily set at the fictional PuffRuff Middle School in San Francisco, California, and centers on the lives of four students: Emily "MJ" Jordan, Kirby Ableman, Pyro Rexton, and Andrew Anderson. Originally conceived as a satire of contemporary teen sitcoms, it features a wide range of running gags and cultural references, and ran from October 9, 1994 to May 21, 2004, airing a total of 219 episodes over the span of ten seasons.

PuffRuff School was the first series produced by T.J. Entertainment and Imperium Entertainment. The series' character designs are based on that of Whoopass Stew! A Sticky Situation, a 1992 short film made by Jordan's close friend Craig McCracken. Jordan had previously used the style on his first film Operation Blue (1993), and the initial success of that film and PuffRuff School convinced McCracken to eventually pitch his own show, titled The Powerpuff Girls, to Cartoon Network. Having used traditional ink-and-paint animation since Season 1, PuffRuff School switched to digital ink-and-paint starting with Season 7 in 2000.

During its run, the series spawned various spin-off media, including video games, comics, toys, and a feature film. The series has been praised for its humor, dialogue, and writing, and earned two Primetime Emmy Award nominations during its run. In 2013, PuffRuff School was placed at number 47 on TV Guide's list of the "60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time".

PremiseEdit

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CharactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

  • Emily "MJ" Jordan (voiced by Kelsey Stern), a 12-year-old girl mainly interested in sports but also in literature and poetry.
  • Kirby Ableman (voiced by Billy West), an extremely intelligent 13-year-old boy who is a prodigy in science and engineering.
  • Pyro Rexton (voiced by Tobey Maguire), a confident but sometimes clueless 13-year-old boy with a fixation on comic book superheroes.
  • Andrew Anderson (voiced by Michael Kastek), a 13-year-old boy and an aspiring artist inspired by the likes of Vincent van Gogh and Jackson Pollock.

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Recurring charactersEdit

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ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The original concept for PuffRuff School had existed as far back as 1990, when creator Trevor Jordan was attending the California Institute of the Arts. Jordan initially conceived the series as a satire of teen sitcoms of the time, particularly Saved by the Bell and The Wonder Years. In 1992, he and three of his colleagues–Nicholas Pockes, Sean Andrews and Brashlynn Eticks–created what would become the four main characters of the series after watching Whoopass Stew! A Sticky Situation, a short film created by Jordan's colleague Craig McCracken, who would later go on to successfully pitch his series The Powerpuff Girls to Cartoon Network. Jordan said that the characters of PuffRuff School were drawn as such mainly because he felt the style had potential to become "iconic", but also because they would be easier to draw.

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Executive producersEdit

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WritingEdit

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Voice castEdit

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AnimationEdit

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BroadcastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 October 9, 1994 March 19, 1995
2 23 September 17, 1995 May 19, 1996
3 22 September 22, 1996 May 18, 1997
4 23 September 21, 1997 May 17, 1998
5 23 September 20, 1998 May 14, 1999
6 23 September 17, 1999 May 19, 2000
7 24 September 15, 2000 May 18, 2001
Film August 17, 2001
8 21 September 28, 2001 May 10, 2002
9 23 September 20, 2002 May 16, 2003
10 24 September 19, 2003 May 21, 2004

SyndicationEdit

See also: PuffRuff School/International Broadcast

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Reception and legacyEdit

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Other mediaEdit

Comic booksEdit

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FilmEdit

Main article: PuffRuff School: The Movie

On August 17, 2001, a feature film based on the series, titled PuffRuff School: The Movie, was released in theaters.

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Video gamesEdit

Two video games based on the series have been released: PuffRuff School: Class Wars (1998) and PuffRuff School: Super Mega City Mania (2002).

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Main characters
MJKirbyPyroAndrew
Supporting characters
Mr. WaynePrincipal MichaelMrs. JordanMarcusMr. AblemanMrs. AblemanMr. RextonMr. AndersonMrs. Anderson
Recurring characters
MikeWestleyChristianHughRachelChloeJonAmyDarrenDennisJonathanBrittneyPhilWadeCindyStevenJimmyTravisFrancisEric Dr. LightmanMr. EldoradoMiss ArtisanLeigh ReaderMaxwell MarksonMrs. PetersonMr. ArtmanMr. GoodmanMr. SowseedMr. WilliamsMr. OaksMindyRex DangerfieldDonald ShmartanoggerDoormat DonnyBennyStacySister LeeSallyJohn Saint MartinWilliam J. JamesonLanaKellyKatieJeff HannemanIT-1
Locations
PuffRuff Middle SchoolAquarius DinerSan Francisco SupermallSan Francisco MegaplexThe Belt StoreSuper Land Amusement ParkSamCoMilkshake PalaceFlipTopStarlite ArcadeCorn KingdomRuffPuff Junior CollegeCoolCo Toy Company
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