Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show
|Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show|
The film logo, as seen on the trailer.
|Directed by||Danny Antonucci|
|Produced by||Danny Antonucci
|Written by||Danny Antonucci
|Based on||Ed, Edd n Eddy|
David Paul Grove
|Music by||Patric Caird|
|Production company||a.k.a. Cartoon
Funbag Animation Studios
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show is an animated television adventure comedy road film based on the award-winning Ed, Edd n Eddy animated series, produced by a.k.a. Cartoon, which premiered on Cartoon Network on November 8, 2009. It serves as the series finale of Ed, Edd n Eddy and is directed by series creator Danny Antonucci, who co-wrote the film with Rachel Connor, Jono Howard, Mike Kubat, and Stacy Warnick. The movie centers around Ed, Edd and Eddy's journey to find Eddy's brother, who, until the film, is an unseen character.
After many rumors, Antonucci announced a "90 minute special" in 2006, and its title in 2007. Originally set to air in 2007, its premiere date was then moved to 2008, the year it was completed in, and finally to 2009. The series' sixth season was postponed, as Antonucci and the team at a.k.a. Cartoon wanted to focus on the production of the film. The score is composed by Patric Caird, who also composed the music for the series. The voice cast features the series' original voice actors, while series voice director Terry Klassen was cast as Eddy's Brother.
The film was a huge ratings success for Cartoon Network, posting double and triple digit ratings delivery gains and was met with a positive reception. The film was released on the iTunes Store, while a DVD release was also originally planned.
The Eds' most recent moneymaking scheme gone haywire has left the cul-de-sac in a state of horrendous devastation, and its victims horribly wounded. Enraged by the Eds' trickery, the children of the cul-de-sac decide to rid their lives of the boys once and for all. The frenzied Eds prepare their escape, gathering in the bedroom of Eddy's elder brother in order to seek refuge from their rivals. Ed finds a glass case left by Eddy's brother, which reads "In Case Of Movie Break Glass". Inside, it contains a peanut containing the key to Eddy's brother's car. After various unsuccessful attempts to start it, Ed finally succumbs to jamming his feet through the floor of the vehicle. The trio narrowly escape mid-flight, but the car winds up being damaged irreparably, leaving the Eds stranded in a desert and forced to travel on foot. They soon decide to search for Eddy's brother as a means of finding shelter and protection from their tormentors.
Meanwhile, the children from Peach Creek resort to their own means of locating the Eds, including Jimmy and Sarah, who loathe the Eds but were not affected by the destructive scam; Jonny and Plank masquerade as their respective superhero alter-egos, "Captain Melonhead and Splinter the Wonderwood," Rolf leaves with overflowing luggage riding on the back of his pig Wilfred, and Kevin and Nazz travel through the use of Kevin's prized bicycle. Upon hearing of the children's intentions to harass their love interests, the Kanker Sisters embark on the journey as well in order to protect the Eds from the children's wrath. In the meantime, the Eds, having no idea as to the whereabouts of Eddy's older brother, are left to aimlessly wander under Eddy's guidance, until a clue from Eddy's wallet leads them to travel to a factory manufacturing gag gifts located in Peach Creek's rival town, Lemon Brook, believing that the brother may be there. Although the boys fail to locate Eddy's brother, they clown around with the various supplies they find in the abandoned factory until leaving.
Along the way, the children encounter obstacles on each team in locating the Eds or safety; Wilfred the pig grows tired of Rolf's abuse and later attacks and then deserts him; Nazz is fed up with the amorous moments that she tries to share with Kevin being interrupted constantly by his pride for the bicycle, and the Eds have very limited clues to follow related to the possible whereabouts of Eddy's brother. After tricking Edd into opening a gag jar of jelly beans Ed and Eddy end up at a waterfall to find Edd. Rescuing Edd from a ledge that was hanging on to him, Eddy reveals that his brother was once a whaler, and they decide to follow the current of the river and head for the sea. The Eds grow frustrated with one another over the course of the journey across a swamp, and after Edd is fooled into believing that Eddy and Ed have sunk to their demises in quicksand, he is agitated into giving up on the quest and returning home. Frustrated with one another, Eddy willingly agrees to his departure from the trip, whereas Ed bawls over their damaged friendship. Fortunately, the forgiving Edd pardons his friends for their selfish and deceptive behaviors after a crying Eddy admits that their current situation is all his fault and they proceed onward with their adventure, camping out overnight in an ornamentally designed tiki environment.
The next morning as the Eds' journey continues, they come across an amusement park called "Mondo-a-Go-Go" which Edd links to a postcard mailed to Eddy by his brother, and they conclude that they have successfully located his brother, living in a trailer designed to resemble a whale. However, their enemies arrive at the same location in time to meet Eddy's brother. Although he seems out to be everything that the other kids imagined; however, he reveals himself to be cynical, cruel, and abusive towards his younger sibling and bullies him mercilessly. With his personality revealed, the kids defend Eddy and Ed manages to send a door flying into Eddy's brother which knocks him out. Eddy eventually admits that he had only lied about his brother's true personality in order to gain admiration and social acceptance, confessing his reasons for acting so selfishly throughout the series. Touched by Eddy's confession and subsequent apology, the cul-de-sac children finally accept the Eds, and ostracize Jonny as a substitute after he harasses the Eds believing that they are still despised when he had arrived late in a bus (in his Captain Melonhead persona). The children return home singing the "Friendship Song" (in addition Kevin invites the Eds for jawbreakers) while the Kankers stay behind and take Eddy's brother into his trailer to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
In the post-credits scene, Jonny, angry after all of the kids hurt him, abandons his Captain Melonhead persona and adopts a super villain alter-ego, "The Villainous Gourd", only to be informed by Plank that they have no time left in the film.
- Matt Hill as Ed
- Samuel Vincent as Edd (Double D)
- Tony Sampson as Eddy
- David Paul Grove as Jonny 2x4
- Kathleen Barr as Kevin, Marie Kanker
- Erin Fitzgerald as Nazz, May Kanker
- Peter Kelamis as Rolf
- Janyse Jaud as Sarah, Lee Kanker
- Keenan Christenson as Jimmy
- Terry Klassen as Eddy's Brother
Years before the announcement, there were rumors about a possible Ed, Edd n Eddy feature film. At the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con, series creator Danny Antonucci stated that a "90 minute special" was set to air in the next year. In The Complete Second Season DVD's "Behind the Eds" interview, Antonucci hinted that the film would reveal what is under Edd's hat.
In June 2007, a.k.a. Cartoon confirmed they were working on a 90-minute television film, which was planned to broadcast in 2008, along with a DVD release. As a result, production of the previously ordered sixth season of the series was postponed, not because of a lack of interest in new episodes, but rather because the entire a.k.a. staff was occupied with the making of the film. Cartoon Network agreed to Antonucci's decision to make a film rather than the sixth season, though it was not yet decided whether a sixth season would be made. IGN confirmed that the series was on hiatus due to the film in November 2007.
On July 27, 2007, at the 2007 Comic-Con, a.k.a. announced that the film, entitled Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show would feature the search for Eddy's brother, a character who had been alluded to several times throughout the series but would be seen for the first time in the film, and that it will be the series finale. He was voiced by Terry Klassen, who was also Ed, Edd n Eddy's voice director throughout the series.
Although aired in November 2009, the film had been completed since 2008. It was directed by Antonucci, who co-wrote the film along with Rachel Connor, Jono Howard, Mike Kubat and Stacy Warnick. The film was storyboarded by Joel Dickie, Steve Garcia, Jim Miller, Raven Molisee and Scott Underwood. The Big Picture Show finally premiered on November 8, 2009, on Cartoon Network. The series' composer Patric Caird returned to compose the score, and later released it on his website. It is currently available for purchase on the iTunes Store.
Charlie-Robinson Poortvliet of MovieAddictz.com gave the film an "8.2/10" rating, considering it superior to all Ed, Edd n Eddy episodes he has seen; calling it a "double episode grand finale", Poortvliet acclaimed the film's plot, acting and directing, and said that he "couldn’t stop laughing" and that it's a "must see" for fans, saying they would "love this movie for a fact", and also noted that the film was a "huge positive surprise, as normally TV movies are worse than the series."
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