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General Info

John Van Bruggen is a writer for PAW Patrol. He has also written episodes for other shows such as Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and Franklin.

Wikipedia Information

John van Bruggen, a Canadian animation writer and director, is the husband and creative partner of Arna Selznick, the director of 1985's The Care Bears Movie. He and Selznick were layout supervisors on its 1986 sequel. They are partners in the creative services company, dancingmonkeys.

In 2004, John created the jazz-inspired show YTV's Coolman! along with Selznick. He also recently penned the script for the 2006 feature Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure.

He was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2000 for his story Franklin and the Two Henrys, also from the Franklin series. He received a second nomination in 2004 for Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series, for "Jacob Two-Two and the Purloined Hockey Card".

The "van" in his name is sometimes listed with a capital V in his animated credits.

Some of Van Bruggen's other credits include:

  • Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (contributing writer)
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing (contributing writer)
  • Franklin (John was director for season 1 and 2 of the animated television series, writer on Back to School with Franklin, and director on Franklin and the Green Knight and Franklin's Magic Christmas) He also wrote a story, "It's Father's Day, Franklin!," for the CGI followup, Franklin and Friends.
  • Little Bear (co-director, post production)
  • Marvin The Tap-Dancing Horse (co-director)
  • Dog City (director, season 1 and 2 of the television series)
  • Beetlejuice (the animated series) (A. D., the premiere season, under director Robin Budd. John was also one of the three television series directors for Beetlejuice syndication)

List of Written Episodes

Season 1