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Thomas Charles Ruegger (/ˈrɡər/; born April 4, 1954) is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard artist, and lyricist best known for his association with Disney Television Animation and Warner Bros. Animation. He is also known for creating Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Histeria!.

Tom Ruegger
Thomas Charles Ruegger

(1954-04-04) April 4, 1954 (age 65)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materDartmouth College
  • animator
  • screenwriter
  • storyboard artist
  • lyricist
Years active1976–present
Adrienne Alexander
(m. 1983; div. 2004)

Annie Malley (m. 2006)
Children3 (including Nathan Ruegger)
WebsiteOfficial blog


Early life and careerEdit

Ruegger was born in Metuchen, New Jersey. During his childhood, he would draw images of The Flintstones when it aired.[1] He attended Washington School.[1]

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,[2] he moved to Los Angeles to become an animator.[1] 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 7 Dwarfs from Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs. As of 2017, he is developing new animated series for Disney Junior.

Ruegger has received fourteen Emmy Awards for his work in animation.

Personal lifeEdit

Ruegger and Adrienne Alexander married in 1986 and had three sons together, Nathan, Luke and Cody. The couple divorced in 2004 after sixteen years of marriage. In 2006, he married marathon runner Annie Malley, and they reside near Los Angeles, California. Nathan Ruegger provided the voice for 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.[3]

As of 2017, Cody is serving as an attorney in New York City,[4] while Nathan and Luke have careers in film and television in Los Angeles.

Tom 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.



Year Title Role
1976 The Premiere of Platypus Duck Director
1988 The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound Writer
1992 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation Writer, Producer
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Executive Producer
1999 Wakko's Wish Writer, Producer, Director


Year Title Role
1981 Blackstar Writer
1984–1985 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Developer, Story, Writer, Animator, & Producer
1984–1989 Snorks Writer & Animator
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Story, Writer, Creator & Animator
1986–1987 Pound Puppies Writer, Animator
1988–1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Developer, Story, Storyboard Artist, Writer, & Executive Producer
1990–1992 Tiny Toon Adventures Writer, Creator, Producer
1991–1995 Taz-Mania Executive Producer, Developer
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Writer, Executive Producer, Creator
1992 The Plucky Duck Show Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
1993–1998 Animaniacs Writer, Creator, Senior Producer
1995–1997 Freakazoid! Writer, Developer, Senior Producer
1995–1998 Pinky and the Brain Writer, Creator, & Senior Producer
1996–1997 Road Rovers Creator, Writer, & Executive Producer
1998–2000 Histeria! Creator, Writer, Producer, & Executive Producer
1998-1999 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Creator, Writer
2007–2008 Animalia Developer, Story Editor, Executive Producer, & Editor
2007–2009 Sushi Pack Writer, Creator
2013 Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Writer, Developer
2014–2016 The 7D Executive Producer, Writer


  1. ^ a b c O'Donnell, Chuck (July 20, 2014). "Cartoon genius inspired by childhood in Metuchen". MyCentralJersey. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Hunter, Sara Hougland. "Class Note 1976". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (September–October 2016). Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Lamour, Joseph (April 14, 2016). "11 Secrets You Never Knew About Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, and Freakazoid!". MTV Networks. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  4. ^ 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.

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