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Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy’s Big Picture Show Premiers in the U.S.

After waiting, less than patiently, as Scandinavia, Australia and Southeast Asia reveled in the scam-fuelled, ruinous mayhem that is “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy’s Big Picture Show”, American fans have finally been rewarded.

Press Release from Cartoon Network

After waiting, less than patiently, as Scandinavia, Australia and Southeast Asia reveled in the scam-fuelled, ruinous mayhem that is “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy’s Big Picture Show”, American fans have finally been rewarded.

On the weekend of November 7-8, 2009 American audiences were treated to the dose of Ed-mania they were salivating for in a 2 day Ed-Fest that featured 2 seven hour long marathons, playing both Saturday and Sunday, that culminated to the long awaited US premiering of the made-for-TV 90 minute feature, “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy’s Big Picture Show”.

The movie marks the fond farewell of the wildly popular animated series, “Ed, Edd n Eddy” about the break-neck adventures of three pubescent boys who are bonded together by their shared name and intense desire for jawbreakers. It airs on Cartoon Network, a Time/Warner company, worldwide from 1999 to 2009. After 130 episodes and 4 specials, “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy” continues to be the network’s longest running original animated series.

Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy is the brainchild of Danny Antonucci, well known in the now popular world of alternative animation, a genre he helped to create. Danny first gained notoriety with his infamous animated short “Lupo the Butcher”, that was released in 1987 and became an instant cult classic. In 1994 Danny opened his own studio, a.k.a. Cartoon Inc. in Vancouver, BC and has since used this little Canadian studio to impact the world with such psychotic creations as “The Brothers Grunt” for MTV, and creating award winning commercial spots for such clients as Converse, ESPN and Levi’s. In 1998 on a “dare”, Danny turned his pencil onto the unsuspecting world of children’s TV animation, thus “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy” was born. The show, with its trademark boiling ink-line animation, painstakingly rendered characters and detail-rich backgrounds, was an instant hit with kids and adults alike. With a viewership of 31 million households, the series has enjoyed international and critical acclaim, airing in 29 countries worldwide, and winning awards, including the Ruben Award for “Best Television Animation” and the Leo Award for “Best Director of an Animated Production” (Danny Antonucci). “Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy” remains the longest running Canadian-made animation series to date.

Always an artist’s studio, a.k.a. Cartoon Inc. prides itself on remaining one of the few classic hand drawn animation studios, not only in Canada, but the world. Over the past 16 years, a.k.a Cartoon Inc. has been named “One of the most successful Canadian production companies” by Animation Magazine.

To no surprise, the widely anticipated premier proved a huge ratings success for Cartoon Network:

Nielson rating notes:

Cartoon Network’s weekend performance was highlighted by a Sunday marathon (12 a.m.-7 p.m.) of the now-classic original series Ed, Edd n Eddy, which posted double-digit delivery gains among kids 9-14 (up 14%), boys 9-14 (up 16%) and even girls 6-11 (up 17%), compared to the same time frame last year.

The Sunday night FLICKS movie presentation (7-9 p.m.) of The Eds Big Picture Show—a world television premiere starring the entire Ed, Edd n Eddy cast—earned double and triple-digit ratings and delivery gains among all kids demos, including 73% gains among kids 6-11, 56% gains among kids 2-11 and 145% gains among kids 9-14.

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