Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show is a hybrid The Movie/Grand Finale to Ed, Edd n Eddy, one of Cartoon Network's longest-running shows.The basic plot of the film is simple—Ed, Edd, and Eddy flee the neighborhood after their latest money-making scheme flies horribly off the rails, wrecks the neighborhood and maims most of the supporting cast. The three seek refuge at the home of Eddy's ever-elusive brother, but are hindered by the fact that they have no idea where it is, and as a result spend most of the movie aimlessly wandering. Pursuing them are their victims—Kevin, Nazz, Rolf and Jonny—and pursuing them are the Eds' Abhorrent Admirers, the Kanker Sisters, irked by the idea of anyone pummeling their "boyfriends" but them.Spoilers are unmarked.
Ed Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show contains examples of:
Bait the Dog: When he first appears, Eddy's Brother seems to be everything Eddy said: The Ace who is kind and willing to protect him. Then he asks to play "Uncle" and everything goes to Hell from there.
Beware the Nice Ones: Edd and Nazz. Edd snaps at Eddy and Ed for their quicksand pranks and decides to abandon them, until Eddy breaks down crying and apologizing, with which Edd is moved by and rejoins them. Nazz destroys Kevin's bike because Kevin cared more about it than her.
Big Bad: Though it's his only appearance, Eddy's Brother is the closest thing to one when we find out what he's been doing to Eddy all this time.
Bigger Bad: For the rest of the series beforehand, given how he's mentioned all the time but never appears until now.
Black and Gray Morality: The parties involved are, in order of appearance: a trio of con men running away to avoid being lynched for their latest scam, the kids who want to beat up/kill the aforementioned con men, three bullies/molesters trying to stop the kids and a sociopath beating his own younger brother for kicks.
Body Horror: Eddy's brother playing "uncle" with Eddy involves him twisting Eddy's leg to the point of extreme pain. Cartoon Physics or not, that is extremely painful to watch.
The injuries the Eds inflicted on the townskids are comically over-the-top, but there's something disconcerting about the fact that, unlike most cartoon injuries, they don't comically snap-back when they're done being relevant—so Johnny, for example, spends a chunk of the movie with a bear trap on his head.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: It'd hardly be an Ed, Edd n Eddy movie without it, but in order to lend some weight to the proceedings they're used sparingly—at the beginning, the Eds find a glass case in Eddy's brother's room marked "In Case of Movie Break Glass"; and at the end Edd gives the exact number of episodes it took to get accepted by the other cul-de-sac residents. There's also the instance of Jonny finding out that he has no time left in the movie to enact his revenge in The Stinger.
Captain Obvious: When Eddy's Brother starts throwing Eddy against his trailer, enough to make it tip over.
Chekhov's Gunman: Eddy's brother has been occasionally mentioned in spite having no real relevance to the plot, except for a few moments. But in the Movie, it appears as he's responsible for Eddy's entire character of being a greedy, narcissisticJerkass, what with the way he brutally abuses Eddy in one of the most serious forms of Slapstick in the entire series.
Child Hater: Heavily implied with Eddy's brother. Especially when you consider the Fridge Horror of why he works/lives in an amusement park, implying that he seems to get a genuine kick out of torturing children.
Continuity Porn: The sequence where the Ed's deduce the location of Eddy's Brother. It starts with Double D referencing his involvement in the plots of "Fool on the Ed" note El Mongo Stink Bomb, "Honor Thy Ed" note Armenian Hot Sauce, and "O-Ed Eleven note Treasure Map to deduce his nature as a prankster. Upon Ed making the connection to the Lemon Brook Gag Factory, Eddy mutters under his breath about how they're a "...buncha mascot-hatin', lemon-suckin'-", clearly not over his fate in "Tight End Ed".
Contrived Coincidence: The whole climax. The Eds find Eddy's brother trailer by sheer accident, accidentally stumbling upon an amusement park that he just happens to work/live in. The Kankers arrive at exactly the right time so everyone sans Jonny can see the Eddy's brother in his full glory. Jonny arrives a minute too late and gets beaten by the other kids.
Darker and Edgier: It's much darker than the series. This is the first time in the entire series that things like the crappy way the Eds (and by extension, the entire cul-de-sac) treat each other, all of the Amusing Injuries, and Eddy's blatant inferiority complex and unstable personality are both addressed and taken completely seriously.
Deconstruction: The Movie shows some of the characters in a more complex light. For example, Eddy is probably the most flawed character in the series, having an inferiority complex caused by his brother. Overall the movie plays things a bit more realistically than the rest of the series, though the film also puts a lot of emphasis on comedy and the relations between the characters.
The Movie also deconstructs the Amusing Injuries trope. First it's deconstructed with the injuries all the kids had, which were horrifying, and rightly so. Second, with Eddy's brother's beatings on Eddy having resulted in his inferiority complex and jerkassery. It wasn't rare for the cul-de-sac kids to pick on the Eds, but they were the same age and had more or less comparable chances. Eddy's brother is definitely older and physically stronger than Eddy. The cruel way he beats him up just because he asked for protection from the enraged neighborhood kids revolts even Sarah and the Kankers. Now we know why Eddy can take so much punishment...
It deconstructs the nature of Eddy's scams. There was only so much the cul-de-sac kids could take, and only so much the Eds could do before, in Edd's words, they "went too far".
Earn Your Happy Ending: After "130 episodes, four specials and a movie!" of physical, mental and social humiliation, the series ends with the Eds well liked by the cul-de-sac (and finally getting jawbreakers).
Easily Forgiven: A bit. Eds are not only redeemed for their past scams, they instantly become friends with the other cul-de-sac kids and get defended by them when Jonny shows up.
Everyone Has Standards: Although Jimmy dislikes the Eds, he is frightened and appalled at the beating Eddy receives from his brother, after repeatedly saying that he wanted to see the Eds get clobbered.
Even Evil Has Standards: Everyone, even Kevin, Sarah and the Kankers, are disgusted at Eddy's Brother for what he does.
Evil All Along: Eddy's Brother, who was built up by Eddy to be the coolest guy around. The revealing of his true nature was certainly a shock to the neighborhood kids (and the fans).
Face-Heel Turn: At the end of the movie Jonny and Plank declare war on the cul-de-sac by becoming the sinister Gourd and Timber the Dark Shard. The movie was over though.
Fastball Special: In one scene, when Edd is stuck to a rock near a waterfall, Ed throws Eddy at Edd, causing the both of them to fall into the lake.
Foreshadowing: Even though he's running for his life, Eddy takes his sweet time looking around his brother's old room before he finally gets the nerve to enter. If the abuse at his brother's hands was anywhere near as bad as it's implied to be, it makes sense that his room alone would be terrifying in itself.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: There's a random sticker labeled "ANGST" on Eddy's Brother's bedroom wall.
Who knows what exactly the Kankers plan to give Eddy's brother (some "mouth-to-mouth") after his defeat.
Plus when everyone arrives in front of his trailer.
Kevin: No way.
Rolf: Could this be true?
Lee: Get in line, girls!
Glass Cannon: Granted getting smashed by a steel door is hardly mild by normal standards, but given the exaggerated slapstick in the show, it doesn't take much to knock out Eddy's brother, with even a somewhat distorted collapse following his defeat. Word of God states this was to convey how the character was used to dishing out abuse, not used to being on the receiving end at all.
Go Through Me: Ed does this in the scene right after Eddy admits his mistakes. He sees everyone rushing towards Eddy and Edd with angry faces, and demands they take him instead. Luckily for everyone, the kids weren't trying to hurt them anymore.
Hate Sink: While most of the cast were fairly grey toned (throughout both the movie and the entire show itself), Eddy's brother seems to exist solely as a repugnantbully with no redeeming qualities to bring them all together in their contempt for him.
Let Me at Him!: Lee to Eddy's Brother. Her sisters have to hold her back.
Loner-Turned-Friend: For over 10 years the three Eds have been outcasts, not being able to fit in with the other kids, who seem to mistrust and mistreat them a lot (although Eddy gets this treatment more than the other two Eds). In the end of the movie, however, the kids finally accept the boys as their friends after realizing how cruel Eddy's brother is.
Manly Tears: Eddy when he admits when everything is his fault after the quicksand prank and also after he is beaten by his brother.
Never My Fault: One of the subplots revolves around Eddy and Edd arguing over whose fault it was that the scam at the beginning of the film went so horribly, but...
It's All My Fault: ...It's eventually subverted entirely, when Eddy in anger tells Edd to go ahead and leave (who is already justifiably angry enough to face the kids rather than travel with Eddy another second) and tearfully shouts "Fine! Go Home! I don't blame ya! Cause everything WAS my fault!".
Noodle Incident: We're not told exactly what the scam was that really got the kids pissed (well, more pissed than usual) at the Eds that they had to flee the neighborhood. Just shown the very messy aftermath.
Oh, Crap: Double D gets one immediately after the reveal of Eddy's brother as a jerk and then everyone else gets one when Eddy's brother uses Eddy to beat Double D. And that "everybody" includes Ed, all of the Cul-De-Sac kids and the Kanker Sisters.
And before any of that, Eddy gives one when his brother asked him to play Uncle.
Pet the Dog: The Kankers to the Eds. They capture the kids to save the Eds from their wrath. Also, after Eddy's Brother beats up Eddy, they decide to let the Eds go and they give Eddy's Brother his just desserts.
The Power of Friendship/The Power of Love: They achieved their happy ending thanks to this. Ed and Edd face (And, in Ed's case, defeat) Eddy's Brother due to their strong friendship with Eddy, and Eddy realizes his own mistakes after almost losing them because of his actions.
Ed needs a brain, Edd needs courage, Eddy needs a heart. Before the end of the movie: Eddy is revealed to have a Jerkass Fašade and finally admits his mistakes, Edd is the first to call out Eddy's brother, and Ed does something actually smart to take him down. And the Wizard of Oz analogies don't stop there. The trio travels together through different lands to meet an enigmatic figure who ends up not being what they expected, all while being pursued by a force that's bent on killing them. Coincidence?
Did Rolf and Wilfred make up after the end of the movie?
Yank the Dog's Chain: Zig-Zagged. The Eds find Eddy's brother's house. Then the Kankers appear and one expects the standard "offscreen molestation" ending. Also, Kevin and the others free themselves. Then Eddy meets his brother and asks him for help, to which he agrees. Then he starts tormenting Eddy For the Evulz. Then Ed KO's him with a steel door. Then angry mob of kids charges at Eddy. Finally, he apologizes for his actions and earns his happy ending.
Who Is This Guy Again?: Eddy's brother, referred to as such by everyone in the cast (including Eddy himself), and even in the credits.
Jonny: What? There's no time left? It's the end of the movie? What movie?!