Happy 20th Birthday Ed, Edd n Eddy
Today (4th January), Cartoon Network’s longest running original animated series – Ed, Edd n Eddy celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show was created by Canadian animator and director – Danny Antonucci. Ed, Edd n Eddy premiered on Cartoon Network USA on 4th January 1999 and ended its long and successful run on 8th November 2009, not only its been 20 years since the show hit the airwaves, but its also nearly ten years since it ended. The show has aired on Cartoon Network all over the world and became an international success, it can also be considered to be one of the most successful shows on Cartoon Network that was not made by Cartoon Network Studios. In fact, Ed, Edd and Eddy was made by Danny Antonucci’s own studio – A.K.A. Cartoon.
Ed, Edd n Eddy follows a simple premise, the show follows three young boys each having a nickname variation of the same name, together they devise schemes to scam other kids in their street so they can buy jawbreakers, however not everything goes to plan and their schemes often backfire with consequences and with failure and humiliation. All three main characters have diverse personalities, the leader is Edd, he’s greedy, selfish and hot-tempered he also comes up with the group’s plans and always has the determination to follow it through. Edd (aka Double D), is the smartest of the group and also the most considerate, he gets on quite well with the other kids unlike the other two “Eds” and usually offers good advice. Ed is the strongest of the group, but is also the least intelligent but is good-natured, he also says some of the most funniest and memorable quotes from the show.
Other kids in the show include Jonny 2×4, a lonely kid who has a plank of wood called “Plank”, hence the nickname “2×4”, there’s also a Jimmy, he’s weak, insecure and accident-prone, he often hangs out with Ed’s bad tempered younger sister – Sarah. Rolf is an immigrant, he’s somewhat quirky and partakes in some odd customs, there’s also Kevin, a cynical jock who’s also considered to be the “coolest” among all the kids in the street, he also hates the “Eds”. Kevin is often seen with a girl named Nazz, who’s also the main love interest in the show, where almost all the boys have a crush on. Finally, there’s the Kanker Sisters, a gang of three teenaged girls that the kids fear the most, they live on a trailer park and have a crush on the Eds.
Although, Ed, Edd and Eddy was somewhat of a slice-of-life show that kids could relate to but it also has its odd moments, also no adult in the show makes a full appearance, not up until the show’s – the 90 minute movie – “Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show”, where the Ed’s go a trip to find Eddy’s older brother.