Ed, Edd n Eddy (seasons 1-4)

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Ed, Edd n Eddy (seasons 1-4)
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It's an ED thing
Genre: Animation
Adventure
Comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: Canada (for A.K.A. Cartoon Inc.)
United States (for Cartoon Network)
Release Date: January 4, 1999 - November 8, 2009
Network(s): Cartoon Network (United States)
Teletoon (Canada)
Created by: Danny Antonucci
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Matt Hill
Samuel Vincent
Tony Sampson
David Paul Grove
Kathleen Barr
Peter Kelamis
Erin Fitzgerald (seasons 1-2, 4-6)
Tabitha St. Germain (season 1)
Jenn Forgie (season 3)
Janyse Jaud
Keenan Christensen
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 69 (130 segments)


Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network from 1999 to 2009.

Plot

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 These Seasons Deserve Jawbreakers

  1. The animation is completely fluid and smooth.
    • The boiling line effect applied to the characters' outlines is a unique touch. In fact, according to the creator, this was done to make the show stand out more from other cartoons at the time.
      • In addition, this style would later inspire other shows to experiment with this formula, especially Space Chickens in Space.
  2. Eye-popping color scheme that resembles candy.
  3. While the character designs are not as good in the first season, they improved magnificently from the second season onward.
  4. Catchy instrumental theme song.
  5. Charming characters, especially the titular trio of Ed, Edd and Eddy.
  6. Memorable characters (good or bad) like the aforementioned Eds, Sarah, Jimmy, Nazz, Kevin, Rolf and his animals, Johnny 2x4 and Plank, and the Kanker Sisters.
  7. Effective and frequent use of jazz instruments that fits the show.
  8. It mirrors the realistic problems that preteens go through while growing up.
  9. It provides valuable lessons such as the dangers of fraud.
  10. The voice acting is very good.
  11. Tons of funny moments that make it physically impossible to watch without laughing or even chuckle!
  12. Amazing use of slapstick, especially with human characters.
  13. Many quotable and funny lines, especially from the lovable Ed.
  14. The music video "My Best Friend, Plank" is heartwarming.
  15. The show is a great homage to The Three Stooges and the Golden Age of Animation at the same time, most likely with how the titular trio are gods of durability.
  16. The grand finale, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, is an amazing conclusion to the series, even for those last two mediocre seasons.
  17. It is currently the longest-running original series on Cartoon Network, running for almost 11 years.
  18. Memorable and hilarious episodes, such as:

Bad Qualities

  1. Most 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 good-hearted leader who regarded his friends by being the driving force in giving them guidance and stood up to the other cul-de-sac kids. By the later seasons until the series movie finale, however, he became an even greedier, pushier and loudmouthed maniac who lacks regard for his friends, yet is an ineffectual coward when confronted by Sarah, Kevin and the Kanker Sisters. Thankfully, in the series movie finale, he completely regrets all the scams, finally grows out of his sneaky scammer attitude and everyone forgives him for what he did.
    • Sarah went from 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 accident-prone crybaby who always gets pampered by Sarah.
    • Johnny 2x4 went from a lonely, yet imaginative and free-spirited kid who was an occasional ally to the Eds to an annoying, loudmouthed one-man disaster zone who can't act or function without Plank's input and presence.
    • Kevin went from the cynical, yet cool kid of the cul-de-sac who would only taunt and get violent with the Eds if provoked or they were really asking for it into a flat-out bully who'd often torment the Eds with little-to-no provocation.
    • Nazz, while not having much of a personality, went from a ditzy, yet laidback and sweet-hearted girl-next-door to a stereotypical dumb blonde and girly girl.
    • Sarah, Jimmy and Kevin also almost always escape karma for everything they do to the Eds.
    • 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.
  2. Overuse of exaggerated, surreal sound effects that often come out of nowhere.
  3. The show was generally 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 mixed reviews for this specific reason.
  4. Like the Earthworm Jim series, the dialogue can be too fast-paced or incoherent to hear at times, sometimes enough to the point when you can't hear what some characters are saying (e.g., some of Rolf's dialogue involves him speaking so fast to the point where some viewers can't comprehend what he's saying at times).
  5. Implied rape jokes in a kids' show.
  6. Some gross attempts at humor, particularly involving Ed's poor hygiene.
  7. The AKA Cartoon logo is too graphic for a children's show (it features a troll getting impaled with a pencil with a very creepy face, with a long tongue and an eyeball popping out).
    • In fact, on earlier versions used on The Brothers Grunt, he had visible testicles, which were thankfully removed.

Reception

These seasons of Ed, Edd n Eddy received an overwhelming number of positive reviews from critics and fans. The first season holds the highest rating of all four seasons, it got a 7.8/10, the second season got a 7.7/10, the third season 7.6/10, and the fourth season which got a 7/10, totaling up to a final rating of 7.4/10 on IMDb.

Trivia

  • The character of Rolf was loosely based on the show's creator, Danny Antonucci.
  • Rolf's pet pig Wilfred is named after Shawn Wilfrid Godin, a close friend of the production crew who passed away suddenly in 2001.
  • Paul Boyd, who animated the title sequence, was shot and killed by a police officer in 2007.
  • The show is often referred to as "The Three Stooges of Animation".
  • 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 and the DVD volumes are still being manufactured and still cheap, the Season 1 DVD went out of print and is now expensive.
  • It's the longest-running Cartoon Network show, lasting for 10 years, 10 months, and 4 days.
  • Animation companies Yeson Entertainment and Funbag Animation Studios Inc. did the animation for this show.
  • 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 moved the premiere of this cartoon. The show debuted on Monday, January 4, 1999, pushed further from its original November 1998 launch date.
  • According to YouTube, Japan doesn't like Ed Edd 'n Eddy very much, likely due to the show's disregard for authority, or rather the complete lacking of an authority whatsoever, with none of the minimalist cast being over the age of 18, which strongly clashes the aforementioned Japanese ideals of authority figures (considering the fact that there are absolutely no adults among the kid cast), and the show's grotesque art style coming off as bizarre to Japanese audiences.
  • The show is really popular in Scandinavia, still frequently airing the reruns on CN and absolutely everything the show has made is dubbed. To boot, it's pretty hard to find a person there who doesn't at least know what the show is.

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