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    These People Tried To Figure Out Where Max And Ruby's Parents Are

    Like, seriously. Where are they?

    If you've ever watched Max & Ruby you've undoubtedly asked yourself: "Where the heck are their parents?"

    The answer may not be immediately clear, but there are theories. Lots and lots of theories. For example:

    1. Many think the parents are dead, and that this urn proves it.

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    Maybe. But would both parents' ashes be in the same urn? Hmm.

    2. If they are dead, how did they die? Possibly by wolf attack.

    If it were a wolf attack, though, it would lend a hauntingly dark subtext to the episode where the siblings play acted "Little Red Riding Hood."


    3. Another theory posits the killer was much closer to home — Max himself!

    Twitter: @DannyTanner

    He is a sneaky little punk. And those eyes have definitely seen bad things.

    4. It's just as possible Ruby did it — she had a motive, too!

    Could Ruby possibly be that controlling? Yeah, I could see it.

    5. These armchair psychologists go all in on the "Ruby as killer" theory, saying Ruby did it in "some sort of OCD rage."

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    The theory that Max witnessed the double murder and was forever traumatized as a result would explain his delayed speech.

    6. They also make a strong case that Grandma did it so she could have Max and Ruby all to herself.

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    And then, after spending some time with Max and Ruby, she decided to move them next door into their own place so she could have some peace.

    7. Another theory is that the parents killed themselves.

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    Watch one episode and this theory seems really rude. Watch ten episodes and it makes a whole lot of sense.

    8. This "the parents are dead" theory may or may not have been dreamed up under the influence:

    9. And then there's this tragic interpretation — falsely attributed to the show's producers — which has made it's way around the 'net.

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    The key parts read: "The reason why there are no parents is because they died in a car accident on their way to pick Ruby up from Bunny Scouts. Max was in the car and survived, but suffered from brain injuries, hence the reason why he always messes up in the show and Ruby has to look after him."

    But wait! There's more!

    "Max is mute because their grandmother molested him at a young age and he is so traumatized that he created Super Bunny as an imaginary hero to somehow save him from his life. He also plays with the ambulance and police cars because he remembers those vehicles were there during the accident."

    10. Not everyone thinks the parents are dead, though. Some point to this family portrait on the wall as proof.


    Of course, it's possible the parents died after that photo was taken, and Max and Ruby have just gone on living alone in the home. This page from the book The Big Picture suggests that may be the case:

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    Ruby wanted to take a family picture, but only Max was in her frame. Whoa. That's some M. Night Shyamalan stuff right there.

    But back to the theories where the parents are still alive...

    11. Some think the parents both have substance abuse problems.

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    The idea that they're in jail has been floated about online, too.

    12. This theory's explanation for the parents' absence is pretty brilliantly simple.

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    Maybe, but Ruby is supposed to be seven and Max is just three. Would their parents leave them home alone at those ages? And let them go into town on the bus all by themselves?

    13. This juicy theory is straight out of a soap opera — Ruby is actually Max's mother!

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    Hmm. Possibly. After all, this kind of thing isn't uncommon. In fact, both Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson were told their mom was their sister.

    14. This theory says the answer has been right before our eyes all this time — It's because they're rabbits and rabbits are self-sufficient a lot sooner than humans.

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    15. This last theory isn't a theory at all. It's the actual explanation from the creator of Max & Ruby herself, Rosemary Wells.

    Wells told Nick Jr., "We don't see Max and Ruby's parents because I believe that kids resolve their issues and conflicts differently when they're on their own. The television series gives kids a sense about how these two siblings resolve their conflicts in a humorous and entertaining way."

    That's interesting and all, Rosemary, but I think I'm going to go with the post-apocalyptic world theory.

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