Ed, Edd n Eddy (Seasons 1-4)
Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American TV series that aired on Cartoon Network from 1999 to 2009.
The show revolves around three preteen boys who all share similar names. They do not get any allowance from their parents so they can't buy Jawbreakers, their favorite candy. Because of that, they spend most of their time coming up with scams to get money from their neighbors, which in turn makes them the most unpopular kids in town.
Why It Rocks
- The animation is completely fluid.
- While the character designs are not as good in the first season, it improved magnificently from the second season onward.
- Catchy instrumental theme song.
- Charming protagonists, especially the titular trio Ed, Edd and Eddy.
- Memorable characters (good or bad) like the Ed trio, Sarah, Jimmy, Nazz, Kevin, Rolf, Rolf’s animals, Johnny 2x4, the Plank, and the Kanker sisters.
- Effective use of exaggerated, surreal sound effects and a frequent use of jazz instruments that fits the show.
- It mirrors the realistic problems that preteens go through while growing up.
- The voice acting is very good.
- Tons of funny moments that make it physically impossible to watch without laughing or even chuckle!
- Amazing use of slapstick.
- Many quotable and funny lines, especially from Ed.
- The music video, My Best Friend, Plank, is heartwarming.
- The show is a great homage to The Three Stooges and the Golden Age of Animation at the same time.
- The movie, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, is an amazing conclusion to the series, even for those last 2 lackluster seasons.
- It is currently the longest-running original series on Cartoon Network, running for almost 11 years.
- Some of the characters got flanderized as the series progressed:
- At the beginning of the series, Eddy was portrayed as an essentially devious and pompous, yet tolerable leader who regarded his friends by being the driving force in giving them guidance and stood up to the other cul-de-sac kids, namely Sarah, Kevin, and the Kanker sisters. But then by the later seasons until the series movie finale, he became an even greedier, pushier, and intolerable loudmouth maniac who lacks a lot of regard for his friends yet is a ineffectual coward when confronted by Sarah, Kevin, and the Kanker sisters. Though he can be slightly likable, depending on your view of him.
- Sarah went from just a spoiled and whiny brat who annoys the Eds to a violent and controlling diva who always beats up the Eds whether it's justified or not.
- Jimmy went from a nice and cute child to a vengeful and accidental-prone crybaby who always gets pampered by Sarah.
- Johnny 2x4 went from a loner, yet imaginative and free-spirited kid who was an occasional ally of the Eds, into an annoying, loudmouth and unfunny goofball plus saboteur who can't act or function without Plank's input and presence.
- The show was generally going at its worst when it did not focus on scams and instead focused on giving the Eds very unfair treatment in a forced attempt to further submit them to their already-established Butt-Monkey status than usual, making the dynamic between them and the other kids not well handled.
- In fact, the final two seasons got tons of negative reviews from half of the fans and critics partially for this particular reason.
- Even before the bad seasons, the good seasons had a few bad episodes, like "If it Smells Like an Ed", "My Fair Ed", "Sorry, Wrong Ed", "Your Ed Here" and "Pain in the Ed".
- Like the Earthworm Jim series, the dialouge can be too fast paced or incoherent to hear at times, sometimes enough to the point when you can't hear what some character's are saying (e.g some of Rolf's dialouge being an prime example of speaking so fast or not as comprehensible to the point of not being able to comphrend what he's saying at times).
- While the Kanker sisters are seriously creepy antagonists, they also serve as Villain Sues who almost always get away with the horrible things they do to the Eds. This only happened sparingly in Seasons 1-4, but increased to ungodly levels in Seasons 5-6.
- The show its self can be mean-spirited at times in some episodes.
- Sarah, Jimmy, and Kevin almost always escape karma for everything they do to the Eds.
- Implied rape jokes in a kids' show.
- Some gross attempts at humor, particularly involving Ed’s poor hygiene.
These seasons of Ed, Edd N Eddy recieved an overwhelming amount of positive reviews from critics and fans, the first season holds the highest rated season of a 7.8/10, the second season season got a 7.5/10, the third 6.8/10, and the fourth season which got a 6.6/10 totalling up to a final rating of 7.4/10 on IMDb.
- The character of Rolf was loosely based on the show's creator, Danny Antonucci.
- Paul Boyd, who animated the famous title sequence, was shot and killed by a police officer in 2007.
- The plot of the Season 4 episode Here's Mud In Your Ed was inspired by an idea from Kit Topp, the creator of a popular Ed, Edd n Eddy fansite.
- Danny Antonucci was good friends with the creator behind The Ren & Stimpy Show, John Kricfalusi.
- Only the first two seasons are available on DVD. While the Season 2 DVD, as well as the DVD volumes are still being manufactured and still cheap, the Season 1 DVD went out of print and is now expensive.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy was not only popular in the United States of America and in Canada, it was also popular in Asia and in Europe (especially in Italy), too.
- It's the second longest running Cartoon Network show behind Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu.
- Season 1 was actually produced from 1997-1998.
- The show briefly returned to Boomerang in 2018.
- The show was originally pitched to Nickelodeon.
- Due to minor post-production delays, Cartoon Network has moved the premiere of its newest animated half-hour series, Ed, Edd n Eddy. The show, produced by Danny Antonuccis A.K.A. Cartoons, will now debut on Monday January, 4, 1999, pushed back from its original November launch date.