Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show

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Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show
Distributed by Warner Bros. Television
Created by Danny Antonucci
Directed by Danny Antonucci
Produced by Danny Antonucci
Daniel Sioui
Ruth Vincent
Written by
Based on Ed, Edd n Eddy
Starring
Music by Patric Caird
Cinematography Tout Le Monde
Editing by Ken Cathro
Production company a.k.a. Cartoon
Funbag Animation Studios
Country United States
Canada
Language English
Original channel Cartoon Network
Teletoon
Release date
  • November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08)
Running time 89 minutes

Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show is a 2009 animated television adventure comedy road film based on the award-winning Ed, Edd n Eddy animated series. It was produced by a.k.a. Cartoon and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States, and Teletoon in Canada on November 8, 2009. It serves as the series finale of Ed, Edd n Eddy. The film was directed by series creator Danny Antonucci, who co-wrote the film with Jono Howard, Mike Kubat, Rachel Connor, and Stacy Warnick. The movie centers on Ed, Edd (Double Dee), and Eddy's journey to find Eddy's unnamed (and previously unseen) older brother.

Antonucci first 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 all of the series' voice actors, while series voice director Terry Klassen was cast as Eddy's Brother. The film was a critical 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.

Plot[edit]

Eddy's most recent moneymaking scheme has backfired heavily and left Peach Creek in a state of devastation. The other children are horribly wounded, except for Sarah and Jimmy, and they all decide to confront Eds violently. After narrowly escaping, the Eds decide to search for Eddy's older brother for protection. However, Eddy does not actually know where his brother lives.

Although not affected by the scam, Jimmy and Sarah seek to have a picnic and watch the Eds get beaten. Jonny and Plank don their respective superhero alter-egos "Captain Melonhead" and "Splinter the Wonderwood" while searching for the Eds in a city bus. Rolf leaves with overflowing luggage riding on the back of his pig Wilfred, using Wilfred's sense of smell and whatever deduction methods he has at his disposal to find the Eds. Kevin and Nazz travel via Kevin's prized bicycle. When the Kanker sisters Lee, Marie, and May find out what the kids plan on doing to the Eds, they go off to protect their "boyfriends" from the children's wrath.

In the meantime, the Eds are left to aimlessly wander under Eddy's direction. In a cow field, Edd profiles Eddy's brother and reasons that given his con artistry, he would likely be found at a place involving pranks. Ed uses one of his 10-year old comic books to suggest that the group travels to the Lemon Brook Gag Factory through a sunflower field. Upon arriving, they find the factory deserted and abandoned. Eddy and Ed goof around with the leftover gags while Edd searches for clues in the office.

After leaving the factory, Eddy claims that his brother was once a "whaler". Edd then builds a boat to ride the river to the sea. The river ends in a swamp, destroying the boat. Eddy and Ed prank Edd into believing that they have sunk to their demises in quicksand. The two laugh at Edd for falling for the prank. Infuriated, Edd decides to return home and face the other kids' wrath, and Ed bawls over their damaged friendship. Eddy is initially infuriated, but also cries and apologizes for the prank. Edd forgives him and the trio continue their journey.

The next morning, the Eds come across an amusement park called "Mondo-a-Go-Go" which Edd links to a postcard Eddy has from his brother. The Eds conclude that they have successfully located his brother, living in a trailer resembling a whale. However, as Eddy is about to knock on the door, the Kanker sisters and all the Peach Creek kids except Jonny and Plank arrive. Eddy then knocks on the trailer door, and his brother reveals himself. Although his brother originally seems to be everything that the other kids imagined, he reveals himself to be a sadistic, patronizing, and physically abusive sociopath who torments and tortures Eddy mercilessly without reason, leaving everyone shocked and appalled.

When Edd tries to talk him out of harming Eddy any further, Eddy's brother dismissively uses Eddy to slam Edd into the ground. The other kids then begin to defend Eddy. Ed sends a door flying into Eddy's brother and knocks him out. Eddy expresses remorse over his actions and tearfully explains that he had lied about his brother and acted the way he did throughout the series (which his brother had instructed him to do, likely under threat) in order to gain admiration and social acceptance. Touched by Eddy's confession and apology, the cul-de-sac children finally forgive and accept the Eds as their friends. Jonny and Plank arrive in their bus and attack the Eds without giving anyone a chance to explain what happened. The other kids attack Jonny and Plank afterwards. Kevin invites everyone over for jawbreakers and the children return home. Edd labels "The End" on the screen afterwards.

In the post-credits scene, Jonny and Plank, angry after all of the kids turned against them, abandon their Captain Melonhead and Splinter the Wonderwood personas and adopt super villain alter-egos, "The Gourd and Timber the Dark Shard". Plank tells Jonny that they have no time left in the movie, to which Jonny asks "What movie?". The a.k.a Cartoon logo then appears, ending the movie and the series.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Years before the announcement, there were rumors about a possible Ed, Edd n Eddy feature film.[1] 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.[2] In The Complete Second Season DVD's "Behind the Eds" interview, Antonucci hinted that the film would reveal what is under Double Dee's hat, though this never occurred, outside of a possible hint of him being bald in a few episodes, such as Run Ed, Run.[3]

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.[4] IGN confirmed that the series was on hiatus due to the film in November 2007.[5]

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 would be the series finale.[6] He was voiced by Terry Klassen,[7] who had also served as the voice director for the series.[8]

The film was completed in 2008, but did not premiere until November 2009.[9] 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, Raven Molisee, and Scott Underwood.[7] The Big Picture Show finally premiered on November 8, 2009, on Cartoon Network.[10] The series' composer Patric Caird returned to compose the score, and later released it on his website.[11] It is currently available for purchase on the iTunes Store.[12]

Reception[edit]

The premiere of Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show was a ratings success for Cartoon Network, highlighting the channel's weekend performance.[10][13]

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", calling it 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."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prince, Dennis (May 19, 2005). "Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: Season One, Volume One". DVD Verdict. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Olson, Karl (July 22, 2006). "SDCC: The Cartoon Network Panel: A Progress Report". ToonZone. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Danny Antonucci (April 24, 2007). Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Complete Second Season—Behind the Eds (DVD). Warner Home Video. Event occurs at 7:03–7:24. 
  4. ^ R. Olson, Karl (June 25, 2007). "What's Really Happening With "Ed, Edd and Eddy"". ToonZone. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ DeVries, Jack (November 1, 2007). "Ed, Edd 'n Eddy: Scam of the Century Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hazuda, Matt (July 27, 2007). "TZ @ SDCC: Ed, Edd n Eddy Say Farewell". ToonZone. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show—Credits. Cartoon Network. November 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ed, Edd n Eddy seriesCredits. Cartoon Network. January 4, 2009–November 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Kapko, Matt (November 16, 2009). "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show Premiers in the U.S.". Animation World Network. Retrieved April 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Patric Caird". PatricCaird.com. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (November 13, 2009). "Ed, Edd n Eddy Movie Wraps Show with Big Ratings". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ Poortvliet, Charlie-Robinson (January 29, 2013). "Movie Review: Ed, Edd, n Eddy's Big Picture Show". MovieAddictz.com. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 

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