13 February 2005 | policy134
hilarious spoof of adolescence but also cheap jokes in between
Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy has made me laugh time and time again. There is also something appealing about the universe which the characters inhabit with no adult supervision, at least not visible to the audience. If I was a parent to these kids I would send them to a nut house (that goes for all the characters.
Here's a rough sketch of each: 1) Ed, the dimwit who is totally controlled by his impulses. 2) Edd (Double D): The geek who would like to be a saint but can't help but be influenced by Ed and Eddy because it might give him some laughs and the ultimate prize - the jawbreaker. 3) Eddy: Totally controlled by his greed and ego but also has inferiority complexes regarding his height and communicating with girls (Nazz). 4) Kevin: The jock who thinks everybody are more lame than himself including his best friend Rolf. He hates Eddy the most but still he can't live without him because where would he go to boost his own ego. He also has a major crush on Nazz. 5) Sarah: Has a nasty temper but also a childish need to be the center of attention not unlike Eddy. 6) Jimmy: A girl in boy drag who also schemes to get revenge on Eddy who has scammed him time and time again. 7) Jonny 2*4: Friendly on the outside but when someone tries to take advantage of his pal Plank (with who he has some kind of ESP like connection) he turns into a homicidal maniac. 8) Rolf: A burly guy from an undisclosed foreign country who is also friendly on the outside but when he gets mad - watch out because he has superhuman strength. 9) Nazz: The airhead pretty girl but also the one who tolerate the Eds and even joins Eddy in his scams a few times. 10) And last but not least the Kanker sisters: Totally insane girls who behave like hicks who visit the big city and are hungry for love but haven't a clue on how to attract the opposite sex.
The first two seasons were moderately entertaining but the characters weren't really fleshed out yet. Nazz, for example hardly seemed to exist at all. Later, they started to develop. In later seasons which are my favorites Eddy becomes more shrill and Double D more whining. Ed actually had more to do in the first two seasons because his obsession with old horror movies was more a basis for his character. Gradually, he just becomes an oath although a lovable oath. The Ed universe becomes more of a staple where the locations gets wider - we actually see the candy store and the nearby lake in later episodes. Still no adults if you don't count Ed's nightmare where his mother turns out to be Jonny.
I also love the way the creators tampers with cartoon conventions. In one such instance Eddy actually says to Double D: We don't wanna hurt those badly drawn fingers and Ed references earlier episodes in the time capsule episode. So all I really have to say what a magnificent thought out premise. I hear that new shows are in development where we finally see the Eds in school. That I'm looking forward to because I think Eddy would collapse in that situation.