Ed, Edd n Eddy: Volume 1: Edifying Adventures (review)

Visually, Cartoon Network’s kiddie entry Ed, Edd n Eddy is delightfully gonzo, its inventive animation style and garish colors reflecting the adolescent confusion of its identically named boy heroes. But their goofy misadventures hold little appeal for grownup cartoon fans — this one is pretty much strictly for the kiddies. In these six brief 10-minute episodes, Ed, Edd, and Eddy suffer the typical nightmares of adolescent boys — such as being forced to have a tea party with Ed’s (or is it Edd’s?) little sister — and standard calamities, like a disastrous attempt to make an omelet. The wacky interpersonal politics of their suburban neighborhood tend mostly to the avoidance of the icky Kanker sisters, who plan to force the boys to marry them — positing the girls as pirates bent on boarding the ship of the boys’ childhood independence and asexuality is about the extent of any actual depth to the series. The bonus “featurettes” are mostly throwaway promo stuff.

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