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".
- 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.
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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- Main article: List of episodes
|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|
- See also: PuffRuff School/International Broadcast
Reception and legacyEdit
- 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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