Thanks to years of directing experience, John van Bruggen
writes entertaining, well-visualized and production-friendly animation
scripts. He loves telling a good story and gets a big kick out of seeing
them come to life on screens around the world. John lives in Toronto,
Canada with his wife, story artist Arna Selznick, and their cats, Kiki
(1998 - present)
include: Nelvana Ltd, Radical Sheep Productions, Guru Studio, Amberwood
Productions, The Cookie Jar Company, zinc Roe Productions, 9 Story Entertainment,
Mercury Filmworks and Decode Entertainment.
Animated series include: FRANKLIN AND FRIENDS, BABAR AND THE ADVENTURES
OF BADOU, STELLA AND SAM, JUSTIN TIME, ROB THE ROBOT, TOOT AND PUDDLE,
NOONBORY AND THE SUPER 7, BUSYTOWN MYSTERIES, RUBY GLOOM, MISS SPIDER'S
SUNNY PATCH FRIENDS, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR, PEEP AND THE BIG
WIDE WORLD, GERALD MCBOING-BOING, JACOB TWO-TWO, FRANNY'S FEET, FRANKLIN
and ROLIE POLIE OLIE.
In 2000 and 2004, John garnered GEMINI AWARD nominations for 'Best Writing
in a Children's or Youth Program.'
John developed, wrote and co-directed (with Arna) five 5-minute COOLMAN!
shorts for Nelvana's animated anthology series, FUNPAK. He wrote THE GOLDEN
IDOL AWARDS, a half-hour one-shot ZIMMER TWINS special for zinc Roe. His
long-form writing credits include BACK TO SCHOOL WITH FRANKLIN, a direct-to-DVD
special, and a feature-length theatrical release, FRANKLIN AND THE TURTLE
(1990 - 2001)
include: BEETLEJUICE, FRANKLIN, GEORGE AND MARTHA, MARVIN THE TAP-DANCING
HORSE, the GEMINI AWARD-winning (for Best Animated Series) JIM HENSON'S
DOG CITY, and FRANKLIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, a direct-to-DVD feature-length