Monday, May 11, 2009

MSCR: Ed, Edd, n Eddy

This is Cartoon Network's longest-running series (celebrating its 10th year), and it's easy to see why. "The Eds" are a trio of adolescent boys, scheming and dreaming through an endless summer in an idyllic suburban cul-de-sac. These kids are having the childhood we all wish we had – non-stop hijinks with our best friends. You might think that having three protagonists with the same first name would be confusing. But each is such a unique little miscreant that there's never any doubt.

Eddy is the leader of the group, and a born con-man. His harebrained plots and unapologetic greed for jawbreakers are constantly getting The Eds into trouble – which is basically his element. He lovingly refers to his compatriots as "sock-head" and "lumpy."

Edd, aka Double D, is the brains of the operation. He's a tremendous nerd, trying to apply a rational approach to an irrational world. While he often tries to dissuade Eddy from his more dangerous stunts, he usually gives in and ends up helping. Ed's little sister Sara has a bit of a crush on Double D … and so do I.

Ed is a gentle giant, an amiable simpleton whose frequent non sequiturs are the highlights of the show.

Ed: Hey guys?
Eddy: What, Ed?
Ed: I say, the cheese is always twice the fence post.

The cast is rounded out with a diverse group of frenemies from around the cul-de-sac, as well as the Eds' would-be paramours, a trio of trailer park girls known as the Cankers. I deliberately call it a "cast" because each character is well-developed and the interactions between them are complex and organic. In other words, despite the far-fetched plots, Ed, Edd n Eddy feels real in a way other cartoons don't. Check it out at the official website, or the next time it airs on Cartoon Network

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