Good things must come in threes for AKA Cartoon Inc., the 10-year-old studio in Vancouver responsible for ED, EDD N EDDY on Cartoon Network. Animation maverick and founder Danny Antonucci gets to turn his three animated stars into three holiday specials.
Having just completed a fourth season of the series for the network, Antonucci says he and his animators have put their beer cans down and started production on Christmas, Valentines Day and Halloween specials to be premiere in 2004. The blunders of adolescence are the trademark of ED, EDD N EDDY, scheming and scamming their way through the sleepy afternoons of a summer break from school. The half-hour escapes take the boys out of their slobdom into new festivities in their own awkward and acne-ridden way, promising catastrophic results, as only they can deliver.
In the who has the last laugh department, AKA Cartoon (www.akacartoon.com) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on April Fools Day 2004. The now infamous studio has long touted a reputation of creating anarchy-driven animation; the bigger "ugh!" factor the better. LUPO THE BUTCHER, the disgruntled meat vendor who curses and slices his way through a disgustingly delightful animated short, is just one of Antonuccis many twists of the knife in the heart of so-called contemporary cartoons. MTVS THE BROTHERS GRUNT is another example of how the demons of one artist's tormented soul can come to life in the most perplexing and pus-ridden ways imaginable.
Antonucci promises yet again that these half-hour long Ed-isodes will be as spontaneous as ever as his artists constantly challenge themselves to bring the viewer the best in classic slapstick cartoon capers. With 104 episodes of the highly rated series already under his belt, it's intriguing to think what direction Antonucci and his teeth-bared team of artists will steer the Ed boys in next.
ED, EDD N EDDY airs in 29 countries and is translated into 13 different languages.