John Van Bruggen plays in a band known as "The Noodlers."
John Van Bruggen and his wife Arna currently own two cats--Jasper and Kiki.
Some of John Van Bruggen's earliest work was on Madballs: Escape from Orb! A direct-to-video production, this film was one of the earliest Nelvana productions and featured many cast and crew that are still involved in Nelvana / Corus Entertainment as of 2006.
John Van Bruggen's extensive body of work for writing and directing animation includes a "silent" animated script, CGI-animated series, direct-to-video and feature films, and work on the Jim Henson series Dog City.
In September 2006, Bruggen attended the Ottawa International Animation Festival along with his wife, Arna Selznick.
He was nominated for a Gemini award for the Franklin story "Franklin and the Two Henrys." He was also nominated for the Jacob Two-Two episode "Jacob Two-Two and the Purloined Hockey Card." However, neither story won the award.
John Van Bruggen's mother, Dorothy Van Bruggen, passed away on September 21, 2006. She was 72.
John Van Bruggen maintains a website called Dancing Monkeys along with his wife Arna Selznick. This website provides "animated ideas" --- various storyboards and sketches, CV for both Bruggen and Selznick, their latest projects, a blog and more.
John Van Bruggen is married to Arna Selznick, who directs animation and does storyboards.
John: (regarding writing five-minute scripts for Coolman! series) The time constraint was great in a one way because it forced me to pare the stories down to their bare essentials. On the other hand, it could be quite limiting.