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Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy
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Genre Comedy cartoon
Created by Danny Antonucci
Written by Danny Antonucci
Starring Unknown
Country of origin United States Flag of the United States (airing)
Canada Flag of Canada (production)
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 72 (as a whole)
134 (separate)
Production
Running time 22 min.
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run January 4, 1999 – present
Links
Official Website Cartoon Network.com
IMDb profile IMDb
TV.com summary TV.com summary


Ed, Edd n Eddy is an original animated television series on Cartoon Network currently on hiatus, created by Danny Antonucci and produced by Canadian-based a.k.a. Cartoon. Ed, Edd n Eddy is currently Cartoon Network's longest running series[F], and the only currently running Cartoon Cartoons series. The show aired for five seasons on the network. The series revolves around three adolescent boys collectively known as "the Eds," who hang around in a suburban cul-de-sac. Unofficially led by Eddy, the Eds constantly scheme to make money off their peers, in order to purchase their favorite confectionery: jawbreakers. However, their plans usually fail, leaving them in various predicaments.

Overview Edit

Ed, Edd n Eddy was animated wholly using traditional cel animation up until its fourth season. Though the show is still entirely hand-drawn, all cels are colored digitally as are most other series. It is the last major cartoon to use painted cels.[F] The cels are shipped to Korea for creating the initial animation, and then later edited back at a.k.a. To give the impression of movement, Ed, Edd n Eddy uses shimmering character outlines similar to Squigglevision. The crawling lines are not nearly as active as those in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, but are still visible.[1] Much of the unfavorable press that Ed, Edd n Eddy received has been because of this animation technique.[2] However, Danny Antonucci calls it a "wobble", and likens it to cartoons of the 1930s where the film tended to be unstable and cause a similar effect.[3]

There is a strong theme of vagueness in the series,[F] including the setting and deeper facts about the children. The show revolves solely around the Eds, the other cul-de-sac children, and the Kanker sisters.[3] At first, there were no hints as to where the cartoon takes place, though later on it was revealed that the cul-de-sac is in or near a town called Peach Creek (at least close enough that all the cul-de-sac children go to school there, anyway). Little is known about any other people in the town and if they even have any type of relation to the regular characters of the series, other than the fact that Ed is Sarah's older brother.

The show frequently makes meta-references and often breaks the fourth wall. Almost every episode contains references to pop culture, especially movies. An example would be a reference to The Shining: In one episode, Eddy says to Rolf: "Hey, Stretch! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!"[4] All the episode titles, except for the holiday specials, are popular sayings with a word replaced with the word Ed (for example, "Stop, Look, and Ed": Stop, Look, and Listen.) Some are also parodies of movie titles (e.g., the episode "For Your Ed Only" would be For Your Eyes Only). In addition, the letters AKA, the abbreviation for the name of the company that produces the show (a.k.a. Cartoon), frequently appear in the show on license plates, magazines, T-shirts, etc.[F] The kids have multi-colored tongues, because, as Danny Antonucci stated, kids are almost always eating something that turn their tongues different colors.[3] Most of the episodes begin with something completely unrelated to the storyline of the episode; this is to emphasize the spontaneity of childhood.[3] The number of characters in Ed, Edd n Eddy is fixed at twelve. No other characters besides the main cast have ever been seen. There is no given timeline for the show; Danny Antonucci has stated that he wanted the show to appeal to any generation.[F]

Characters Edit

Main article: List of characters in Ed, Edd n Eddy.

According to an interview with Danny Antonucci (a special feature on the Season 1 DVD set), the characters were based on real people in his life. The personalities of Ed, Edd, and Eddy are based on personal traits of himself, and the activities of his two sons. The cul-de-sac kids were based on kids he grew up with. Antonucci also stated that he believed it was important to add Plank to the show, stating that he "thought it would be really cool to do the show with Plank taking on a character of his own" and to cause Jonny to do things he would usually never do.[5] He also stated that Rolf is strongly based on himself and his cousins, since he was part of an immigrant family, and grew up in a first generation foreign household with different customs and ways of living, compared to those born in Canada.[3] In a Cartoon Network podcast interview, Antonucci hinted at the Kanker sisters being based on someone from his personal life, as well.

Episodes Edit

Main article: List of Ed, Edd n Eddy episodes.

DVD releases Edit

Episode compilations Edit

Cover Art DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
100px Edifying Ed-VenturesMay 10, 20056 "Sir Ed-A-Lot," "Who, What, Where, Ed," "Avast Ye Eds," "Know-It-All Ed," "Mirror, Mirror, on the Ed," "Hot-Buttered Ed."

Bonus features include "Club Ed: The Rules and Regulations," "My Best Friend Plank" music video, "Plank's Perspective" (description of kids excluding Nazz), and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Nursery Crimes."

100px Fools' Par-Ed-IseMarch 21, 20066 "If It Smells Like an Ed," "Take This Ed and Shove It," "One Size Fits Ed," "A Case of Ed," "Here's Mud in Your Ed," "Fool on the Ed."

Bonus features include a studio tour, "The Plank Family Players," and a behind the scenes look at Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures.

Season releases Edit

Cover Art DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
100px The Complete First SeasonOctober 10, 200613 Bonus features include an interview with the creator, how to make an Ed, Edd n Eddy cartoon, how to draw Eddy, and a Cartoon Network commercial bumper featuring Jimmy and Plank.
100px The Complete Second SeasonApril 24, 200713 Bonus features include "Behind the Eds," the music video "The Incredible Shrinking Day," and How to Draw Ed.

Other releases Edit

  • Cartoon Network Halloween Volume 1: 9 Creepy Capers - Dawn of the Eds
  • Cartoon Network Halloween Volume 2: Grossest Halloween Ever - Honor Thy Ed
  • Cartoon Network Halloween Volume 3: Sweet Sweet Fear - Don't Rain On My Ed
  • Cartoon Network Christmas Volume 1: Yuletide Follies - Fa La-La-La-La Ed
  • Cartoon Network Christmas Volume 2: Christmas Rocks - Jingle Jingle Jangle
  • Cartoon Network Christmas Volume 3: In Like Ed

Video games Edit

There are three video games based on the series. Ed, Edd n Eddy: Jawbreakers! was released on September 15, 2002[6] for the Game Boy Advance. Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures was released on October 31, 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, and the PC. Most recently Ed, Edd n Eddy: Scam of the Century was released for the Nintendo DS on October 26, 2007. Additionally, characters and locations from the show make appearances in Cartoon Network based video games. The cul-de-sac is featured in the game Cartoon Network: Block Party, where Eddy and Sarah are playable characters. The Eds and Jonny appeared in Cartoon Network Speedway as playable characters.

All three Eds have been confirmed as NPCs in the upcoming MMOG Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall. Their artwork for the game is viewable on the game's main website. Their appearance as Nanos—items that help the user or his/her party [7]

Awards and nominations Edit

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Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production James Wootton for "Wish You Were Ed" Nominated
2001 Leo Awards Best Musical Score of an Animation Program or Series Patric Caird for "Ed in a Halfshell" Nominated
2004 Leo Awards Animation Program or Series: Best Musical Score Patric Caird for: "Postcards from the Ed" Nominated
2005 Leo Awards Animation Program or Series: Best Musical Score Patric Caird Won
2005 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy Nominated
2006 Leo Awards Best Musical Score in an Animation Program Patric Caird for: "Boo Haw Haw" Nominated
2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy Nominated

Critical reaction Edit

The reaction to Ed, Edd n Eddy is varied. Terrence Briggs of Animation World Magazine argued that every second of the show is "filler" and that the main characters are drawn as "products from the school of acid-trip caricature."[2] After the review was published, support letters of the show started to pile up at Animation World Magazine's website. This caused the magazine to write a more positive review of Ed, Edd n Eddy, calling it a "fresh show with very different approaches."[1]

Film critic Maryann Johanson found the show a successful experiment in style but surprisingly infantile in content, opining: "Visually, Cartoon Network's kiddie entry Ed, Edd n Eddy is delightfully gonzo, its inventive animation style and garish colors reflecting the adolescent confusion of its identically named boy heroes. But their goofy misadventures hold little appeal for grownup cartoon fans -- this one is pretty much strictly for the kiddies."[8] David Cornelius considered the Eds adolescent equivalents of the Three Stooges,[9] believing: "The series revels in the sort of frantic, often gross humor kids love so much, and there's just enough oddball insanity at play to make adults giggle just as easily."[9] Cornelius also concurred that the "animation is colorful and intentionally bizarre; bold lines forming the characters and backgrounds wiggle and morph in a delirious haze. This is animation that's, well, really animated."[9]

Other works Edit

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There have been other produced works in which the Eds would appear apart from their regular series airings. They have appeared in a Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode using Foster's styled animation, and made a short cameo in The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door. Also, they appeared in a small crossover poster during the credits of "The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door" entitled Ed, Edd n Mandy.

Shorts Edit

Cartoon Network has also produced shorts, some involving the Eds during commercial breaks. For a short while, Cartoon Network made a series of roughly 2-minute shorts called Ed, Eddy, Eduardo in which Eduardo from Foster's appeared in an Ed, Edd n Eddy episode.[F] These shorts began airing on July 11, 2006 on Cartoon Network. There was also a short music video with stylized versions of Ed, Edd, Eddy and Sarah, entitled "The Incredible Shrinking Day" (aka "I'm Not Coming in Anymore" as listed on the Season 2 DVD), which aired on Cartoon Network in 2002 and 2003. In the video Sarah uses a potion to shrink the Eds to a size capable of playing in her dollhouse, with predictable results. Plank starred in a similar video called "My Best Friend Plank," which aired in 2002.[F]

Special events Edit

There have been many specials in which Cartoon Network would run all day marathons for either a promotion or just a special airing for one of their shows. A marathon called The Best Day Edder aired from April 27 to April 28, 2007, in which every episode was shown in chronological order, ending with the previously unaired last episode of Season 5.

A special episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy aired on May 11, 2007 in the Cartoon Network event, Invaded, in which aliens invade Rolf's house. This alien invasion is in adjunct with the other Cartoon Network series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. The episode is part a mini-series that aired all 5 specials on May 28, 2007.

Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show Edit

Main article: List of Ed, Edd n Eddy special episodes.

At the San Diego Comic Co in July 2007, At the Ed, Edd, n Eddy panel they announced that there will not be a sixth season of the series at this time since they chose to put their time into making a movie instead. The movie was titled Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show and the plot will focus on the Eds searching for Eddy's brother. The exlusive character finally made an appearance in the movie.[10]

The movie was completed on December 18, 2008. The movie aired in Scandinavia on May 31, 2009, Australia on June 5, 2009 and Southeast Asia on June 13. Recently, AKA and Danny have stated that the movie will air in North America on November 8, 2009.[F]

References Edit

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  5. Season 1 DVD: Interview with the Creator
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