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Ed, Edd n Eddy (Seasons 1-4)
"It's an Ed thing.
Genre: Animation
Adventure
Comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Canada
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 2,4,6)
Tabitha St. German(Season 1)
Jenn Forgie(Season 3)
Janyse Jaud
Keenan Christensen
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 69 (130 segments)


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

Plot

The show revolves around three boys who all share the name "Edward" who don't 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 Rock

  1. The animation is completely fluid.
    • 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 the cartoons of its time.
      • In addition, this style would later inspire other shows to experiment with this formula, essentially Space Chickens in Space.
  2. While the character designs are not as good in the first season, they improved magnificently from the second season onward.
  3. Catchy instrumental theme song.
  4. Charming characters, especially the titular trio as the protagonists Ed, Edd and Eddy.
  5. Memorable characters (good or bad) like the aforementioned Ed trio, Sarah, Jimmy, Nazz, Kevin, Rolf, along with Rolf's animals, Johnny 2x4 with his Plank, and the Kanker sisters.
  6. Effective use of exaggerated, surreal sound effects and frequent use of jazz instruments that fits the show.
  7. It mirrors the realistic problems that preteens go through while growing up.
  8. The voice acting is very good.
  9. Tons of funny moments that make it physically impossible to watch without laughing or even chuckle!
  10. Amazing use of slapstick, especially with human characters.
  11. Many quotable and funny lines, especially from the lovable Ed.
  12. The music video, My Best Friend, Plank, is heartwarming.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It is currently the longest-running original series on Cartoon Network, running for almost 11 years.
  16. Memorable and hilarious episodes, such as:

Bad Qualities

  1. 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 mean-spirtied, violent, short-tempered bully 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 whiny, 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.
    • Kevin went from a cynical, yet cool kid of the cul-de-sac while still antagonistic towards the Eds, would only taunt and get violent with them unless provoked or if they were really asking for it into a flatout jerk bully to the Eds who'd often torment them with little to no provocation and just only literally exists just to bully Eddy(Ed and Edd/Double D as well) or to give them a hard time to.
    • Nazz, while having not that much of a personality went from being the kind, sweet, mature, chill, laid-back, mellow, yet ditzy girl-next-door type character into a flatout stereotypical dumb blonde and girly girl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 character's are saying (e.g some of Rolf's dialogue being a 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Sarah, Jimmy, and Kevin also almost always escape karma for everything they do to the Eds. But by Season 5 this is taken up to infinity.
  6. Implied rape jokes in a kids' show.
  7. Some gross attempts at humor, particularly involving Ed's poor hygiene.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • The show was originally pitched to Nickelodeon.
  • Due to minor post-production delays, Cartoon Network has moved the premiere of this cartoon. The show, produced by Danny Antonucci's A.K.A. Cartoons, will now debut on Monday January, 4, 1999, pushed back from its original November launch date.
  • Danny Antonucci was good friends with the creator behind The Ren & Stimpy Show, John Kricfalusi.

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