John Van Bruggen is a writer and director for animated television programs, mostly for the Canadian studio Nelvana. John Van Bruggen describes his style of humor as "dry-Canadian." He is a cat-lover. His recent work includes stories for Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and writing the Franklin animated feature Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure.
John Van Bruggen studied fine arts at OCA (Ontario College of Art and Design.) In addition to writing and directing for animation, he is also interested in artwork, music and comics. He met his wife, Arna Selznick, while working at Nelvana.