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Ruby Gloom

Updated on July 24, 2009

Ruby Gloom - The Happiest Girl in the World

Cartoons are a bit of a guilty pleasure for adults, aren't they? I mean many parents bemoan the fact that their children like to watch cartoons, but secretly, the parents like to watch too; because even though they are aimed at kids, cartoons often have multiple levels to them, and coupled with that, they are uplifting short stories that leave us feeling better about ourselves than before. Adults and children often face the same social issues, though as adults, we perhaps have better social masks on than children.....Anyway, enough with the philosophising, I have to say that my current favourite cartoon is Ruby Gloom. It kind of speaks to me, because its sort of the dark side of cartoons - you know where Strawberry Shortcake is all American and bubblegum, Ruby Gloom is gothic and grunge.....and I'm really just a grunge monkey at heart.

Ruby Gloom is actually a TV show that was first established as an apparel franchise. Wow - bet you didn't know that - usually it goes the other way round these days - first the TV show then the eventual move into clothing, pencil cases and the like, but Ruby, true to character bucks the trend and goes the other way. Anyway, here's my hub pages homage to the "happiest girl in the world".

Cast of characters

What homage would be complete without one?

Ruby Gloom - our eponymous hero - The Happiest Girl in the World - Ruby is a gothic girl with red hair, dark clothing and red and black striped socks. She befriends all manner of strange and unusual creatures, and is unafraid of the dark or of ghosts or ghouls or any scary monsters. Ruby sees people as they are inside - always getting to the heart of the matter. She is a good soul and a dear friend. Ruby, like many 6 year olds, keeps a diary and likes nothing better than playing with her friends.

Doom Kitty - Ruby's pet cat - no aspiring goth chick would be seen without a black cat! Doom Kitty is extremely intelligent, though only Ruby seems to understand what she says (Doom Kitty has a very musical tone in the show). Doom Kitty is, I think, the adult in the show and seems to know everything that goes on before anyone else does.

Skull Boy - Ahhh the romantic interest, if only he would realise how into him Ruby is it could be the start of a beautiful relationship. Skull Boy is a skeleton who is always trying to find himself. He is always trying to trace his family tree and it is a running vignette in the show that Skull Boy thinks he has found what his ancestors truly were. At various points Skull Boy believes he is decended from a long line of painters, engineers, detectives, sculptors and even jazz musicians.

Iris - a one eyed girl and arguably Ruby's best friend. Iris is fearless and always seeks out adventure, sometimes to the point of excess. Iris is almost slightly hyperactive, but in a good way - she is unafraid of life, of course her adventurous nature tends to make her a touch foolhardy at times and she often finds herself in trouble, usually with hillarious consequenses.

Misery - Misery is an accident waiting to happen - bad luck follows her around every where she goes. The sun may shine on everyone else in gloomsville, but on Misery, it would be raining. Misery's family tree spans back through the ages with relatives (usually some sort of great aunt or grandmother of sorts) at every major disaster in the world - the titanic - yep she had a great great great someone in her family tree there! Misery seems to enjoy her bad luck though - on Friday the 13th she has good luck while everyone around her has bad luck and this makes her unhappy because it is not the norm for her. She goes into hyperactive states when she has sugar.

Frank and Len - gloomsville's resident rockers, Frank and Len are siamese twins who live in the garage (obviously). Their garage band is called RIP. These two live and breath music, but have no aptitude outside of it whatsoever. Frank is the brains of the pair, Len, always a step behind - well several steps behind, never quite understanding subtelyty. But Len doesn't care, or even realise that he just doesn't understand half of what goes on around him. Frank and Len write a rock opera called Quadragloomia and know about Ruby's crush on Skull Boy (Doom Kitty knows as well, but never tells).

Edgar, Allan, Poe - three ravens who live in Gloomsville. Poe is seen most often (Edgar and Allan when seen are usually his bodyguards). Poe believes he is most intelligent and that his ancestor was Edgar Allan Poe's pet budjie and was in fact responsible for writing much of EAP's poetry. Poe fancies himself sophisticated, though he is very image conscious.
Scaredy Bat - the resident bat who cannot fly and is afraid of pretty much anything and everything. Sporting a dubious accent, Scaredy fears even his own reflection, but is a tallented drummer and plays in Frank and Len's band.

Boo Boo - the resident ghost who is obviously modeled on Casper. Boo Boo desperately wants to be scary, but everyone finds him sooo cute. Everyone except Scaredy Bat who is genuinely scared.

Mr Buns - Ruby Gloom's stuffed bunny. He turns up all over the place. Could Mr Buns be inspired by Calvin and Hobbes? Remember Suzie? Her bunny is called Mr Bun!

There are other minor characters, but I'm sure you'll pick them up easily enough if you watch the show :)

Ruby and her cohorts live in a rather large rambling Victorian mansion and there are some 40 episodes. Obviously, being a kid's show things never get really dark and the usual issues of friendship, honesty and good values are explored in the show, but all with the "look on the bright side of the dark side" twist. Now, I may be projecting a little here, but I sort of think that you could make a case for Ruby being the only real character (who has a fascination with ghost and gothic and witches and such) with all the others in the show being her imaginary friends that she plays with.

One of the great things about Ruby Gloom is the music - it is an important part of the cartoon and shows wouldn't be the same without some cool rock tune penned and played by Frank and Len. Each characture has a signature dance that they do and the closing and opening sequences feature these - the closing sequence particularly is fun because all the dances are sillohettes which looks very cool. Most of the shows have a short skit at the beginning before the opening credits. Ahh the opening credits - there's a fun tune right there sung by the moon. Let me leave you with the lyrics:

So today were gonna
Take the time to show ya
The B B bright side of the dark side

And we think you oughta
take the time to know the
B B Bright side of the dark side

Ruby Gloom

Were gonna show you why
There's more than meets the eye
The B B Bright side of the darkside

And we think you oughta
Take the time to know
The B B Bright side fo the dark side.

Ruby Gloom


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      ana 4 years ago

      i love iris :)

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      AVC 5 years ago

      The 40 episodes include the season 3. I love Misery as well ^-^ and I wish I could have a cat just like Doom Kitty

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      gg 5 years ago

      skullboy is so cute [;

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      Big Ruby Gloom Fan 6 years ago

      You when i was only 12 I accidentally watch the very last episode of this show where they found Poe in the bathroom and then went home that was the only show I watch and never watch it again + I never knew the title before so I was watching a mystery show to me and I loved it for the first 5 mins of it . Now 3 years later I actually forgotten about it then I actually stumbled across a little clips show about cartoon characters swallowing food and There It saw Venus and Ruby so in the end I watch the credits and finally found the name Ruby Gloom episode 6 and went to youtube and watch it and I was absolutely filled with excitement that I was finally going to watch all of it but when I looked at google I saw that it only had 40 episodes and then my hearth sank. I just wished that they would make a season 3 U know and an episode that shows everyone's relatives and where skullboy found out who he is and how Ruby is paying for the stuff for the house to and why are there only kids living in a mansion on top of a cliff side and who are there parents, are they still alive , does Ruby have a mysterious past that led her to always think positive and what gave her the motherly status towards every body I just wished I knew. Well I always thought Ruby and SB are a great couple and my fav char is Misery 2.

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      Ruby Gloom 6 years ago

      I think that Skullboy is awesome, and so is Ruby! but i like Misery best.

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      krystal 7 years ago

      i love the theme song and misery is cool :)

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      Hannah.D 7 years ago

      Ahh, Ruby Gloom: cartoon, slightly dark, perfection.

      Hey, have you heard the lullaby that Frank and Len wrote for Misery? It's awsome! (And very easily can be turned into a rock song, too!)

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      Deon Miller 7 years ago

      This show rocks!!!! I wish Sarah Gadon could premiere a 3rd season!!

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      Another one 7 years ago

      me wants a 3rd season D:

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      The Other 7 years ago

      This is an excellent show! There is an increasing trend for Gothic children's programs today (some of the older ones include Growing Up Creepy, Edgar and Ellen, Grizzly Tales, the list goes on) but this is the first to live up to the standards set by The Trap Door in the 80's.

      I would say Skullboy likes Ruby but as she is the main character (overall, at least) it is her feelings that are the most easily noticed. Also, I'm kinda glad they have not got together properly - I like the unfulfilled anticipation it creates and the sympathy it generates for Ruby who is already so loveable. Misery is the best character, though...

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      Nikki bbz. 8 years ago

      I fink they lke eachother. In hairless the musical, Skell-t said to Ruby that Skull Boy missed her the most and then when Ruby+Skullboy ran towards each other and held each other...that is the ultimate sign of passion!!!! LOL RUBYGLOOM+SKULLBOY 4EVA!

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      tatau 8 years ago

      lol....I don't know skullboy probably does like ruby back, he just never sits still long enough to realise it :)

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      Sally 8 years ago

      I love ruby gloom!

      do you think skullboy likes ruby back? There have been hints that he might, but aslo that he doesn't. In the episode missing buns, for example, ruby tried to hug him but he ran away. But then again, in last train to gloomsville part 2, they hug in the dark, but break away when the lights go on.. Do you think he knows?