Missing in Animation: Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd n Eddy
Before there was Ben 10, before there was Total Drama, before there was Clone Wars (well, at least the animated ones — the Clones Wars technically happened “a long time ago”) Cartoon Network was a very different beast. Different logo, different toons, and a whole different mantra. We’re talking “Cartoon Cartoons” here. Just before the millennium hype hit a fever point, Cartoon Network released a brand new toon, whose crazy style would make an instant impact. Thus, on January 4th, 1999, Ed, Edd n Eddy was born, a series that would go on to last a decade on the network, coming to a close on November 8th, 2009. Created by Danny Antonucci and produced by a.k.a. Cartoon, Ed, Edd n Eddy (also known as Ex3 and The Eds) was amazingly successful, known worldwide by animation fans. We had a fun time just remembering the toon – how much do you guys miss it?
Eddy, the leader of the Eds, is a schemer and a scammer. Though while he might be a bit of a jerk, he does love his best pals. Ed is the strong, powerhouse member of the three, always happy and enjoying his comics… unless his sister Sarah has something to say about it. Edd (aka Double D) is a gap-toothed, inventor and neat freak, almost always in his ski hat (for secret reasons revealed in “Stop Look Ed”).
Each episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy typically features the trio of “Eds” hanging around in the local cul-de-sac, scheming ways to earn some cash. Why? Mostly, it was to get hordes and hordes of jawbreakers. Along the way, they meet up with other neighborhood kids in Peach Creek, including the Kanker sisters. Creator Danny Antonucci claimed that many of the folks we saw in the toon were actually based on people he knew in real life — though perhaps not as wobbly. He even used himself and his sons as the inspiration for all three Eds. He also stated, in a special feature on the Season 1 DVD, that “it would be really cool to do the show with Plank taking on a character of his own” , making Jonny do things he never would.
After 10 glorious, squiggly years, the series ended its run on Cartoon Network with the series finale movie “Ed Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show.” It was there, for the first time, that Eddy’s older brother was revealed – he must have missed the first 130+ episodes!
But enough from us — it’s time for you to say how much you love (or loved?) this show! Do you miss it? Do you wish it was back? Were you a fan of the original series, or have you only come to know of it through DVD? Share your thoughts, and let’s keep this toon alive!
Love live Ed, Edd n’ Eddy!