Eddsworld

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Eddsworld
Eddsworld Series Logo.png
The Eddsworld website logo
Created by Edd Gould
Written by Edd Gould (2004–2012)
Thomas Ridgewell (2012–17)
Eddie Bowley (2013–17)
Tom Bown (2010-2011)
Vicky Gould (2016)
Matt Hargreaves (2016-)
Directed by Edd Gould (2004-12)
Thomas Ridgewell (2012–16)
Matt Hargreaves (2016-)
Voices of Edd Gould (2004–12)
Thomas Ridgewell (2004–16)
Matt Hargreaves (2003-)
Tord Larsson (2005–08)
Tim Hautiekiet (2012–16)
Jamie Spicer-Lewis (2016)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Release
Original network Newgrounds (2004–13, 2016)
Youtube (2006–16)
Original release 20 December 2004 – present
External links
Website www.eddsworld.co.uk

Eddsworld is an independent British comedic flash animation and artistic media production series that was created by Edd Gould in 2004. Eddsworld currently consists of over fifty-four episodes (called eddisodes), over 200 comics, flash games, and various art work distributed on the home website, YouTube, Albino Blacksheep, Newgrounds, DeviantArt, SheezyArt, and the BBC.[1] The episodes are the focal point of the organization, which star Gould, Ridgewell, Hargreaves, and previously Larsson, and run anywhere from 30 seconds to 18 minutes. Until his death, animations were created solely by Gould and co-written by himself, Ridgewell, Hargreaves, and, until 2008, Larsson. After Gould's death, the show became under direction of Ridgewell. As of 17 March 2016, Ridgewell no longer holds any involvement with the show – the Eddsworld channel and show have been left in the care of Hargreaves and Gould's family.[2] On 1 January 2017 the show's website went back online with the return of the Eddsworld comic strip, now being written and illustrated by Matt Hargreaves, who is the current showrunner of Eddsworld as a whole. [3] Eddsworld is created using Adobe Flash, a computer animation program.

The Eddsworld series has been popular on YouTube, especially. Gould joined it on 16 March 2006. At the time of his death, his YouTube channel had the most subscribers in the comedian category for the United Kingdom and was the 4th most viewed comedian of the United Kingdom. Eddsworld was noticed by the organizers of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference who requested the creation of an episode about climate change, which was used in the opening ceremony of the conference.[4][5]

Members of Eddsworld[edit]

  • Edd Gould (2003–2012)
  • Thomas Ridgewell (2004–2016)
  • Matt Hargreaves (2005–present)
  • Tord Larsson (2004–2008)

Characters[edit]

  • Edd (based on the creator of the series) – Edd is the main character of the series, with a green hoodie. He is obsessed with cola and bacon. He is also sometimes shown to be slightly gullible, although not as much as Matt. As of "The End - Part 2", his house has been destroyed, and he lives in an apartment next to Matt and Tom.
  • Tom (based on Thomas Ridgewell) – Tom is the one with a blue hoodie. He has an attitude problem, and he's an alcoholic, deadpan and very uptight. It is shown that he has a deep hatred for Christmas, and due to his mother being a bowling ball, and his father being a pineapple, he has no eyes (although, in an interview, the series' creators explained that he does indeed have eyes, they're just black). As of "The End - Part 2", he lives in an apartment next to Edd and Matt.
  • Matt (based on Matt Hargreaves) – Matt is the vain, ginger, gullible one in the group with a purple hoodie, and a green overcoat. He seems to be obsessed with his looks, and it is shown on "Hammer and Fail; Part 1" that he doesn't clean his room. It shows that Tom and Edd dislike him, though only to a certain extent as they remain friends throughout the series. As of "The End - Part 2", he lives in an apartment next to Edd and Tom.
  • Tord (based on Tord Larsson) – Tord is the trigger-happy one with a red hoodie. He was part of the group until he left the group in 2008, but in reality, he had quit Eddsworld that same year, due to not being happy with the attention that the Eddsworld fans gave him. After he uploaded a video about why he left Eddsworld, the fans kept harassing him, causing him to delete his YouTube channel, and it was announced on Tomska's vlog that Larsson may no longer use his real name on the Internet. Tord returned in 2016 for the episode: The End, but was voiced by Jamie Spicer-Lewis. In this episode, it is revealed that his friendship with Edd, Matt, and Tom was a lie, he was a wanted man, and he had just returned to get his giant robot, destroy Edd's house, and proceed to take over the world, until he was stopped. His current whereabouts are unknown, but works with his friends, Paul and Pat/Patryck.

Other characters[edit]

There are also some three other characters who are not based on anybody but lived next to Edd, Matt, and Tom until Tord destroyed Edd's house in "The End - Part 2".

  • Eduardo – Eduardo is Edd's neighbour and rival who wears a green button shirt instead of a hoodie. He always tries to become better than Edd.
  • Jon – Jon is Eduardo's victim of being called "an idiot". He doesn't have a hoodie but wears a blue button shirt. Jon is killed indirectly by Tord in the episode "The End - Part 2". He has similar colored hair to Tom, his eyes are smaller to tom's
  • Mark – Mark is the one who Eduardo never understands. He wears just a purple turtleneck sweater instead of a hoodie, and no overcoat. Unlike Matt, he has a cleft chin as opposed to a square one and has blonde hair instead of ginger.
  • Paul (based on Paul ter Voorde) - Shown first in the episode "Moving Targets" where he first appears in the enemy basement. But as known for now, he works for Tord in the red army.
  • Patryck (based on Patryk Dudulewicz) - His partner is Paul, and they help to assist Tord in the red army.
  • Hellucard - Hellucard is known for his line, "Hey Edd!" which sounds like, "Eh Head!
  • Zanta Claws: The original Santa who is now a zombie. He thrives on ruining Christmas for the bad children but is always stopped by Edd, Matt and Tom

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 7 20 December 2004 18 December 2005
2 9 17 March 2006 10 December 2006
3 7 16 January 2007 21 December 2007
4 6 4 February 2008 17 December 2008
5 4 23 December 2008 20 December 2009
6 3 13 February 2010 22 December 2010
7 7 13 March 2011 7 February 2013
8 10 14 June 2013 16 March 2016

Eddsworld Legacy[edit]

Eddsworld Legacy was a season of episodes run by Thomas Ridgewell as a tribute to Gould. "The Snogre" was the beginning of the season (after "Space Face: Part 1" was animated by Gould before his death and "Space Face: Part 2" was made before Ridgewell kickstarted the Eddsworld Legacy season). Ridgewell stopped running the season when he realized that his dream (which was about himself and Gould making cartoons together for the rest of their lives) became unsuccessful when Gould died, which explains why he no longer takes control of the series, and that he gave it to Gould's family. Near the end of 2016, Matt Hargreaves took control of Eddsworld. As of January 2017, the Eddsworld series is still ongoing, with comics being drawn and another season of Eddsworld episodes currently in development.

Eddsworld.co.uk re-opening[edit]

On 1 January 2017 eddsworld.co.uk was bought back to life after a 5 year long closure and after a year of no new episodes on the channel, the website currently consists of manually updated comics

Cultural impact[edit]

Fandom[edit]

Prior to Gould's death, Eddsworld was gaining popularity very quickly. Eddsworld had gained an even bigger fandom after Gould's death. Eddsworld has proven to be a stepping pad for fans to consider animating with many people thanking the Eddsworld series for being a stepping point. Eddsworld has gained some popularity on DeviantArt and Tumblr for the growing collection of fan art and fan animations. Some members of the Eddsworld fandom cosplay as the characters from the series (mainly Edd, Matt and Tom)

The Eddsworld Fan Movie[edit]

The Eddsworld Fan Movie (Originally titled: Eddsworld: The Movie) is an animated fan project directed, co-produced and co-written by Marc Lovallo. It has been supported by the fans of the Eddsworld fandom and the original creators of Eddsworld (aside from Gould) The project started a year after Gould's death and was originally set to release in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Eddsworld, but was instead delayed to "this lifetime".

Plot[edit]

After Commander Bai and his crew are ejected from their ship in “Space Face: Part 2”, they abduct a space probe launched by America’s NAPA space center and crash into the earth. Specifically the backyard of three certain Brits. The United States military (under the command of General McCoy) goes in to flush ‘em out, but the guys’ interference causes a war to go down between the U.S., the British Army, and an entire armada of alien reinforcements. Now it’s up to Edd, Matt, Tom, and a cigarette-smoking weapons expert to save the world from being destroyed as a result of the biggest, most catastrophic showdown that the earth has ever seen.

Controversies[edit]

On 30 March 2012, Tord Larsson uploaded a video in response to Gould's death. In this video, Larsson explained why he left Eddsworld. Many Eddsworld fans responded to the video negatively, harassing Larsson in the comment section. Larsson later deleted the video, and has since gone into hiding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Comedy Clips: Almeratron". British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ thetomska (2016-03-16). "Goodbye, old friend". Tumblr. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  3. ^ http://eddsworld.co.uk/1
  4. ^ Vaughan, Adam (5 November 2009). "Guardian: One Minute To Save The World". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "A Million Views on Copenhagen" (Press release). TVE. October 2010. Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.