Ed, Edd n Eddy (season 1)
|Ed, Edd n Eddy (season 1)|
DVD cover for The Complete First Season
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Original release||January 4 – June 11, 1999|
The first season of the Canadian-American animated comedy television series Ed, Edd n Eddy, created by Danny Antonucci, originally aired on Cartoon Network in the United States. Although originally set to premiere in November 1998, the season ran from January 4 to March 29, 1999, and consists of 26 episodes. The series revolves around three adolescent boys collectively known as "the Eds," who live in a suburban cul-de-sac. Unofficially led by Eddy, the Eds constantly scheme to make money off their peers in order to purchase their favorite confectionery, jawbreakers. However, their plans usually fail, leaving them in various predicaments.
Adult cartoonist Antonucci conceived Ed, Edd n Eddy while working on a commercial design. Antonucci pitched the series to Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Both studios were interested in the series, but each demanded creative control and Antonucci refused. Cartoon Network ended up commissioning the show after agreeing to let Antonucci have control of the show. After its debut, the series was a success in Nielsen ratings, popular among younger and older viewers. Met with generally positive reviews, the season earned Antonucci a Reuben Award for Best Television Animation.
The Complete First Season DVD was released in Region 1 in 2006 and Region 4 in 2007. Both Ed, Edd n Eddy DVD volumes, Edifying Ed-Ventures and Fools' Par-Ed-Ise, also featured season one episodes. All the DVDs were published by Warner Home Video. The entire season can also be purchased from the iTunes Store. The season was written by Antonucci, Jono Howard, Mike Kubat and Rob Boutilier.
Matt Hill, Samuel Vincent and Tony Sampson were cast as Ed, Double D and Eddy. David Paul Grove and Keenan Christenson played the parts of Jonny 2 × 4 and Jimmy, respectively, while Sarah was voiced by Janyse Jaud. Peter Kelamis voiced Rolf, while Kathleen Barr was cast as Kevin. Nazz was voiced by Tabitha St. Germain. Erin Fitzgerald played the part of May Kanker. The other two Kanker sisters, Marie and Lee, were voiced by Kathleen Barr and Janyse Jaud.
Although originally set to premiere on November 7, 1998, it aired on January 4, 1999, as the sixth Cartoon Cartoon, due to minor post-production delays. According to Cartoon Network executive Linda Simensky, the first season did "remarkably well" in ratings following its premiere, becoming one of the top-rated series on the network, prompting Cartoon Network to quickly order-up a second season for a November 1999 premiere, and later a third and fourth.
Reviews and accolades
Despite not being as acclaimed as its second season, reception of the first season was still generally positive. Despite giving the Edifying Ed-Ventures DVD a negative review, IGN's Mike Drucker praised the show, saying: "Every bit of the show is played for the maximum comic effect, and the interactions between the characters are usually very fun," and particularly praised the season finale, "Avast Ye Eds", saying that it is a "good example of how the animators developed a clever, surreal environment that most kids could probably relate to. They simply go wild and allow regular childhood adventures turn into comedic epics, very over-the-top, but still linked to the way that kids act and react to strange situations." While calling it a "gem" and of "entertaining nature", he criticized the storylines as "repetitive" and said the show "lacks the genius of SpongeBob". Terrence Briggs of Animation World Magazine considered every second of the show "filler" and lamented that the main characters are drawn as "products from the school of acid-trip caricature." After Briggs' review was published, a large number of letters supportive of the show were sent to the magazine, prompting it to "take a second look" at the show. Different reviewers then gave it a positive review, calling it a "fresh show with very different approaches."
The season earned Antonucci a Reuben Award for Best Television Animation. The season had a slight impact on popular culture. A journalist in Tallahassee, Florida wrote a column in his local newspaper about his search for the huge jawbreakers his children saw on Ed, Edd n Eddy. During the run of the first season, a number of fansites were already being set up.
Warner Home Video released a number of Ed, Edd n Eddy DVDs, two of which were DVD volumes. The first, titled Edifying Ed-Ventures was released on May 10, 2005 in region 1 and on May 15, 2006 in region 2, featuring three season one episodes, "Sire Ed-a-Lot", "Who, What, Where, Ed!" and "Avast Ye Eds", out of a total six. It was followed by Fools' Par-Ed-Ise on March 21, 2006, but only featured on episode from the season, "Fool on the Ed".
The Complete First Season 1.33:1 aspect ratio 294-minute two-disc set was released in region 1 on October 10, 2006, and in region 2 on July 18, 2007. The DVD is in English (Dolby Digital Stereo), and is dubbed in French and Spanish, with subtitles in English, Spanish and French. The set includes special features such as an Interview with the Creator, "How to make an Ed, Edd n Eddy cartoon", "How to Draw Eddy" and an Cartoon Network commercial bumper featuring Jimmy and Plank.
Note: All episodes were directed by Antonucci
|Title||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"The Ed-touchables / Nagged to Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard / Danny Antonucci, Jono Howard & Mike Kubat||January 4, 1999|
The Ed-touchables: The cul-de-sac children are irritated because of a mysterious "serial toucher" stealing their belongings, namely Double D's magnifying glass and Sarah's doll. The Eds devise a plan to catch the toucher for money. The trio capture Jonny and Plank, and by using chinese water torture on the latter, make Jonny falsely admit being the toucher. The Eds punish Johnny and Plank by trapping them in a tire. While the Eds are on their way to the candy store, Sarah informs them that she found her dolly, as did Double D find his magnifying glass, meaning that there was no toucher after all. Despite this, the Eds buy themselves jawbreakers. Sarah and Jimmy are then shown rolling the tire in which Jonny and Plank are trapped in. Sarah tells Jonny that they know it was not him before pushing the tire down the road with him in Plank still inside. The Eds are then shown enjoying their jawbreakers in front of the candy store, but the tire suddenly rolls in to the Eds, causing the jawbreakers to fly out of their mouths and roll down to streets. As the episode concludes, the Eds chase their jawbreakers at sunset.
Nagged to Ed: Lee, May, and Marie Kanker, collectively known as "the Kanker Sisters", lure Ed, Edd, and Eddy into their trailer park home. Once there, the Kankers make the Eds feel right at home by letting them wear their fathers' robes and serving them lunch while the Eds enjoy a movie. The Eds enjoy this hospitality at first, but slowly the sisters reveal that they each have a crush on the three boys.
|2||2||"Pop Goes the Ed / Over Your Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||January 11, 1999|
Pop Goes the Ed: When the cul-de-sac is hit by a heat wave, the Eds crash Nazz's sprinkler party, which soon becomes a disaster.
Over Your Ed: After a routine scam is ruined by Ed's smell, Double D and Eddy decide to clean him up and give him a makeover, which turns out to be a great moneymaker for the Eds, until the Kanker Sisters show up.
|3||3||"Sir Ed-a-Lot / A Pinch to Grow an Ed"||Danny Antonucci, Jono Howard & Mike Kubat / Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||January 18, 1999|
Sir Ed-a-Lot: Ed has to babysit his younger sister Sarah. Double D and Eddy show up and reluctantly joins Sarah's tea party. The Eds spend the rest of the afternoon trying to please "Queen" Sarah and "Prince" Jimmy, who torture them for amusement.
A Pinch to Grow an Ed: After Eddy is made fun of for being short, Double D invents a pair of elevator boots for him. Eddy is enjoying himself until the Kankers end up ruining everything.
|4||4||"Dawn of the Eds / Virt-Ed-Go"||Danny Antonucci, Jono Howard & Rob Boutilier / Danny Antonucci & Mike Kubat||January 25, 1999|
Dawn of the Eds: Ed wants to see the newest science fiction film, Robot Rebel Ranch, but the Eds will not be able to get in, as the movie is rated R. They try to devise a plan to sneak in while riding a bicycle to the theater, but end up in the junkyard, where their imaginations go crazy, thinking they are on a distant alien planet.
Virt-Ed-Go: The Eds are beat after a bird steals their hard-earned quarter. They soon spot a passing plane towing a sign advertising Joe's Clubhouse, which inspires them to start a club and charge for membership. Once again, however, the Kanker Sisters ruin the Eds' plans by taking over the clubhouse before the Eds make any profit.
|5||5||"Read All About Ed / Quick Shot Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Mike Kubat||February 1, 1999|
Read All About Ed: Double D is assigned an earlynews paper delivery route to save up for an electron microscope. Eddy is immediately lured, thinking about how much could be earned from multiple paper routes, but did not figure on Ed's incompetence, or the sudden downpour.
Quick Shot Ed: The Eds find an old instant-develop camera in Eddy's attic, who comes up with a scam to take pictures of the cul-de-sac children and sell them back to the children in a form of a calendar, which ends up being more difficult than expected.
|6||6||"An Ed Too Many / Ed-n-Seek"||Danny Antonucci, Jono Howard & Mike Kubat / Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||February 8, 1999|
An Ed Too Many: Sarah falls in love with Double D and follows him around wherever he goes with the Eds. Ed and Eddy realize that the only way to save Double D is to bring Sarah and Jimmy back together.
Ed-n-Seek: The cul-de-sac children are playing hide-and-seek, and the Eds participate in the game.
|7||7||"Look into My Eds / Tag Yer Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||March 1, 1999|
Look Into My Eds: Double D receives a psychology manual in the mail with a hypnotizing wheel inside, with which Eddy controls the cul-de-sac children.
Tag Yer Ed: When Double D gets ridiculed for being weak, Eddy decides to toughen Double D up by putting him through a training program.
|8||8||"Fool on the Ed / A Boy and His Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||March 8, 1999|
Fool on the Ed: Eddy is the best prankster in the cul-de-sac until a mysterious "Prank Master" starts pranking all the children.
A Boy and His Ed: Kevin tells the Eds he wants to give them something, however, Eddy does not believe him and sends him away. After finding out that Kevin was actually giving out jawbreakers to all the children, the Eds try to become his friends in order to get some.
|9||9||"It's Way Ed / Laugh Ed Laugh"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||March 15, 1999|
It's Way Ed: Strolling down the lane, the Eds find the kids are walking around on stilts. They tell the Eds that it is the latest fad. The Eds' go home to make their own stilts, and return to find the cul-de-sac kids wearing hats with tether-balls, wizz-wazzing. Tired of being behind, the Eds decide to invent their own style. However, the other kids are always ahead of them.
Laugh Ed Laugh: The Eds come up with a great scam, but all the cul-de-sac children are missing. They go to investigate and find that a chickenpox epidemic has hit the cul-de-sac. The Eds are the only ones who are not sick and after not having any children to scam, Eddy goes mad.
|10||10||"A Glass of Warm Ed / Flea-Bitten Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||April 12, 1999|
A Glass of Warm Ed: A peaceful night in the cul-de-sac is interrupted when Double D finds out that Ed is sleepwalking and eating everyone's food while they are asleep.
Flea-Bitten Ed: The Eds open up an animal grooming business and clean up all of Rolf's filthy animals. All goes smoothly until Ed's allergic reaction to Rolf's rabbits kicks in.
|11||11||"Who, What, Where, Ed! / Keeping Up with the Eds"||Danny Antonucci & Mike Kubat||April 19, 1999|
Who, What, Where, Ed!: The Eds are hungry, and Eddy is treating them to omelets. Unfortunately, Ed manages to break every egg in the house. The Eds decide to go to Rolf's to see if he will give them a chicken egg. However, to get the egg, the Eds must go through a series of trades.
Keeping Up with the Eds: Double D's father wants Double D to mow the lawn. Ed and Eddy decide to help, but after Ed ruins the yard, Eddy uses his father's "Montezuma's Free Range Manure" fertilizer to turn the cul-de-sac children's lawns into forests and plans to mow them for cash.
|12||12||"Eds-Aggerate / Oath to an Ed"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard||April 26, 1999|
Eds-Aggerate: After a scam goes horribly wrong and Double D ends up shooting an armchair at Kevin's house, he makes up a quick lie, telling Kevin the "Mucky Boys" did it. Kevin is convinced, and soon all of the cul-de-sac children are searching for the mysterious Mucky Boys.
Oath to an Ed: The Eds all have new clothes, but they are worthless and eventually get ruined. The Eds hear about the "Urban Rangers", consisting of Jimmy, Johnny (and Plank) and their leader Rolf, and the fancy uniforms members receive, which prompts them to join the group.
|13||13||"Button Yer Ed / Avast Ye Eds"||Danny Antonucci & Jono Howard / Danny Antonucci & Mike Kubat||June 11, 1999|
Button Yer Ed: Ed accidentally puts a hole in Double D's screen door, letting a fly in. The fly then gets lodged in Eddy's larynx. He attempts to swat it, but ends up losing his voice. Double D and Eddy try to help Eddy themselves, but later seek Rolf's help.
Avast Ye Eds: After a tire-swing scam goes awry, the Eds launch a cruise line on the local creek. The Eds make a cruise ship out of a big tire inner-tube and convince the children, particularly Jimmy and Jonny, to go on the cruise. All goes well until the Kanker Sisters, dressed as pirates, get a hold of the Eds' plots.
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