Edgar & Ellen

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Edgar & Ellen
Author Charles Ogden
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's books Animated series
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Publication date
2003-present

Edgar & Ellen created by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, is based on two twelve-year-old twins who cause mischief and mayhem in their sickly sweet town, Nod's Limbs. The series currently contains nine books in addition to some side material. The Twin's name's are derived from American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. Rare Beasts is the first, followed by Tourist Trap, Under Town, Pet's Revenge, High Wire and Nod's Limbs, Hot Air, Frost Bites and Split Ends. The Mischief Manual, a book written in the voice of the twins themselves, hit the shelves in June 2007. A weekly TV series premiered October 7, 2007 on Nicktoons.

Edgar and Ellen live in a 13-story mansion on the edge of Nod's Limbs. Ellen is supposedly the older of the twins by 2 minutes and 13 seconds. They live with a hairy creature who they refer to as Pet — a hairball with an eyeball. Their groundskeeper and caretaker, Heimertz, lives in a small shack just outside the house. Their mansion is located near a now disassembled junkyard, which the twins had lovingly dubbed their "Gadget Graveyard". They take parts from it and create marvelous contraptions for trouble.

Both of the twins wear striped footie pajamas and prank each other all day long—when they're not pranking the goody-goody townspeople of Nod's Limbs. They are clever, fearless, mischievous and creative. So creative, in fact, that their pranks often backfire hilariously.

Books[edit]

Books are published by Simon and Schuster in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Internationally books are published by Hachette Children's Book Australia, Pocket Jeunesse (France), Grupo SM in Spain and Editora Rocco in Brazil, among others.

Series one overviews[edit]

Rare Beasts
In Rare Beasts, the twins realize wreaking havoc can incur expenses, so they come up with a unique fundraising scheme: they'll nab the pets of Nod's Limbs and sell them as exotic animals for big bucks. But things don't go as planned when a purloined python gets hungry.
Tourist Trap
Mayor Knighleigh plans to destroy the gadget graveyard in order to build his own fancy hotel, using a group of celebrities to sponsor it. The twins manage to steal Stephanie Knightleigh's position as tour guide, taking the celebrities for a ghastly tour. The twins manage to sabotage the world's largest French toast festival, seemingly crushing Knightleigh's plans. They then find out that one tourist, Alex Sai, wrote a positive review on Nod's Limbs tourism.
Under Town
In Under Town, someone is tormenting the fine people of Nod's Limbs...and for once, it's not Edgar and Ellen. A new prankster is one step ahead of the twins, making mischief all over town. To discover the identity of this daring new foe, Edgar and Ellen must descend under town to stop this rash of copycat capers once and for all.
Pet's Revenge
In Pet's Revenge, Edgar has to plot solo when Ellen suddenly turns into a model of proper behavior. She (voluntarily) takes a bath and even accepts an invitation to a slumber party. Surely she's got a scheme up her (unusually clean) sleeve. Or has a hairy traitor managed to break up the devious duo...
High Wire
The twins' groundskeeper, Heimertz, has a dark and secret past shrouded in... the Big Top. When the circus comes to Nod's Limbs, everyone, especially Edgar and Ellen, gets their money's worth.
Nod's Limbs
The legend of Nod's missing golden limbs resurfaces, and a town-wide search commences. The entire town becomes obsessed with a treasure hunt that leads to the twins' turf, and the intruders dig out a collapsed cave to discover something far more shocking than gold.

Series two overviews[edit]

Hot Air
A few months after the disgrace of the Knightleighs and Augustus Nod's return from the dead, Edgar and Ellen are living as town heroes. But their easy life is threatened when an old nemesis returns, and to make matters more complicated, the first Knightleigh-less mayoral election is coming up.
Frost Bites
The twins' pursuit of Stephanie Knightleigh leads them to Frøsthaven, an Arctic village whose cheerful citizens and strange customs remind them of home. What makes this place a sugary sweet duplicate of Nod's Limbs? The secret, alas, is upon the forbidden slopes of the Glöggenheim, where dwells something that doesn't take kindly to being disturbed.
Split Ends
In order to thwart Stephanie's scheme, the twins must separate for the first time in their lives. Edgar's pursuit of the Midway Irregulars leads him to the forests of Cougar Falls and an unlikely partnership with an eccentric professional monster hunter, while Ellen and Pet find themselves in the decidedly inhospitable town of Lach Lufless.

Other books[edit]

Mischief Manual
The Mischief Manual is Edgar and Ellen's first chance to write a book in their own voice, "out from under the thumb of Charles Ogden". In this book, the twins share their trade secrets and inspirations for all manner of misdeeds and mayhem, including skill-building exercises, sample blueprints, and schemes to try at their home.

Setting[edit]

Nod's Limbs is the town where Edgar and Ellen live. It's so sickeningly sweet that it makes your teeth hurt. There is no originality to the people that live there- which is why Edgar and Ellen are such a foil for them. The twins attempt to liven up the place as it's a place so clean and shiny that one just wants to throw mud at it just to mix things up a bit. Living in it is, in the twins' own words, "like living inside a sugar cube".

The cartoon shorts[edit]

The TV series is co-produced with Bardel Entertainment in association with YTV and Nicktoons. Nicktoons airs Edgar & Ellen two-minute shorts every day. There are thirteen in total. Six holiday specials began airing on Nicktoons on Labor Day Weekend 2006. The Back-to-School special, "Accept No Substitutes," was followed by a Halloween special, "Trick or Twins," a winter special, "Cold Medalists," a Valentine's special entitled "Crushed", and an April Fool's special "Nobody's Fools." The most recent one, called "Frog Days of Summer" aired on September 3.

The cartoons mainly show the pranking activities of Edgar and Ellen, but also include supporting characters like Mayor Knightleigh, Bob the Intern, Pet, Buffy the Muffin lady, and several other entertaining Nod's Limbsians.

Edgar and Ellen hosted the Scare-a-thon on Nicktoons during Halloween weekend of 2005 and did so again in 2006.

TV series[edit]

Edgar & Ellen (Television series)
Created by Charles Ogden
Rick Carton
Written by Adam Beechen
Scott Gray
Steven Kriozere
Guy Toubes
Directed by Keith Ingham
Composer(s) Hal Beckett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Delna Bhesania
Barbara Ferro
Trish Lindsay
Producer(s) Brian Behling
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Studio B Productions
Bardel Entertainment
Star Farm Productions
Nicktoons Original Series
Broadcast
Original channel Nicktoons
Nickelodeon
Original run October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07) – October 30, 2008 (2008-10-30)

The television series premiered on Nicktoons around October 7, 2007. Then it premiered on Nickelodeon since November 21, 2007 until May 23, 2009. Two episodes of the series were shown. The series aired every Sunday at 5pm and 8pm and 4-5am PST. The television series also premiered on Nicktoons around October 22, 2007.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
Code
1 "It Came from the Sub-Basement / Beast of Show / Edgar's Satchel: Getting Antsy" October 7, 2007 101
2 "Gross Inspection / Bolty, The Friendly Robot / Ellen's Horrorscopes: Them Bones" October 7, 2007 102
3 "Trickery Dickery Clock / Dr. Edgar and Dr. Ellen / The Secret Life of Pet: Viva Pet!" October 14, 2007 103
4 "Picture Imperfect / Pasta Their Prime / Nod's Public Access: Stephanie's "How to Be Like Me"" October 14, 2007 104
5 "Commander in Stripes / Ellen vs. Slug / The All-Knowing Head of Poe: An Eggcellent Question" October 21, 2007 105
6 "For Art's Sake / The Game's Afootie / Heimertz's Family Album: His First Accordion" October 21, 2007 106
7 "To the Moon / A Midsummer's Nightmare / Heimertz's Family Album: The Mustache" October 28, 2007 107
8 "Scam Artist Shuffle / Bob's Limbs / The Secret Life of Pet: Trip to Atlantis" November 4, 2007 108
9 "Bon Voyage, Stephanie / Prankly Speaking / The All Knowing Head of Poe: Star Crazy" November 11, 2007 109
10 "Twinvasion / Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty / Ellen's Horrorocopes: Feet of Fate" January 27, 2008 110
11 "Prankster Wannabe / Satchel Bandits / Edgar's Satchel: Lepre-Conned" February 3, 2008 111
12 "Rare Birds Fiends / Prank Insurance / The All Knowing Head of Poe: Sisters" February 10, 2008 112
13 "Little Stephanie Nightingale / Off the Deep End / Edgar's Satchel: Melon-Go-Round" February 24, 2008 113
14 "The Amazing Edgarini / Wax Removal / The Secret Life of Pet: Hard-Boiled Pet" April 6, 2008 114
15 "Grownups Behaving Badly / The Eyes Have It / The Secret Life of Pet: Alien Abduction" April 13, 2008 115
16 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist / Long-Term Parking / Ellen's Horrorscopes: The New Look" April 20, 2008 116
17 "Pranker's Block / The Barracuda Whisperer / The Secret Life of Pet: Dogfight" April 27, 2008 117
18 "Parents' Night / Pet in Love / The All-Knowing Head of Poe: Sweet on You" April 28, 2008 118
19 "When You Wish Upon a Well / Baby Talk / Nod's Limbs' Public Address: Pet-o-Matic" July 29, 2008 119
20 "The Manners Marathon / Ellen's Secret Admirer / Ellen's Horrorscopes: Thanks for Muffin" July 30, 2008 120
21 "Viva La Trash / The Expert / Heimertz's Family Album: Something's Fishy" July 31, 2008 121
22 "Suspect Inspection / Radio Free Nod's Limbs / Nod's Limbs' Public Access: Edgar's House of Whatcha" August 1, 2008 122
23 "Signed, Sealed, Delivered / Study Time / Edgar's Satchel: Buzz Off" October 30, 2008 123
24 "Nod's Limbs Finest / Nuggets of Stupidity / The Secret Life of Pet: Hang Tendril" October 30, 2008 124
25 "Doomsday Parade / Flown for a Loop / Heimertz's Family Album: Belly of the Beast" October 30, 2008 125
26 "The Battle of Nod's Limbs / Attack of the Invisible Pet / Nod's Libs' Public Access: Miles' Mild" October 30, 2008 126

Target stores[edit]

To promote Halloween in 2007, Target created a section in their stores with a haunted house facade featuring moving likenesses of the two, giant pictures of Edgar and Ellen, and branded and licensed products featuring them. They also featured prominently in-store displays.

Target also sold for Halloween an Edgar and Ellen pepe, which shows the episodes "Trick or Twins" and "Cold Medalists".

Del Taco[edit]

Halloween 2008 Del Taco promoted Edgar & Ellen in over 500 stores throughout the western United States.

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