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General trivia:

  • Ed, Edd n' Eddy holds the distinction of being the last Western animated series aired on network television to be made with traditional animation cels, holding out until 2004, when many animated works had made the jump to digital or CGI. This was done via Antonucci's own request, as he felt that digital and CGI didn't capture the subtle imperfections animators made during the process that helped give traditional animated works an extra charm and/or texture. However, the rising cost of animation with networks downsizing their animation budget ultimately forced him to relent starting with Season 5, with the series jumping to digital.
  • Ed, Edd n' Eddy is the longest running Cartoon Network series, lasting for ten years, ten months and 4 days.
  • Ed, Edd n' Eddy also holds the distinction of being the longest-running Canadian-made cartoon at 10 years and 10 months (January 1999-November 2009). Total Drama places 2nd in that criteria, lasting 7 years and 4 months (Canada: July 2007-November 2014; United States: June 2008-October 2015note ).

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  • Adored by the Network: Throughout its run, the series was well-liked by the network, always receiving good advertising. It eventually became the network's longest-running series, airing a total of 70 episodes running through 5 and 1/4 seasons across ten years and was eventually, the last Cartoon Cartoon still airing new episodes. And the best part? It was even given a Grand Finale in the form of a Made-for-TV Movie that wrapped up most plot threads and gave the titular characters a very happy ending. Needless to say, the series was admired and still remains a well-respected favorite among both viewers and the network.
  • Approval of God: Danny Antonucci apparently likes Edd x Eddy. In January 2021, he liked an AMV of them on Instagram and even added it to his story.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Double D's "Messy, messy, messy" line is considered his catchphrase, but it was only spoken in a handful of episodes in the series.
    • One of Rolf's most quoted lines is "Life has many doors Ed boy." What he actually says in "One + One = Ed" is "Life has many doors, Ed-boys", said after the other Eds run after Eddy, who just fell over Rolf's fence. That line is also often accompanied by an image of him opening up the screen, revealing a background of static; he never actually says the line verbatim in that scene, but he does say "Hello, Ed-boys! Many doors, yes?"
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Peter Kelamis initially auditioned for all three Eds, but was cast as Rolf.
  • The Cast Show Off: Sam Vincent gets to show off his lovely singing voice at times.
  • Channel Hop: The show aired on Cartoon Network during its original run, but in 2023 [adult swim] started airing reruns as part of its "Checkered Past" block. While technically the same channel, both are considered different for ratings purposes (as they have wildly different target age demographics).
  • Children Voicing Children:
    • Keenan Christensen (Jimmy) was 14 when the show first premiered.
    • In the German dub, David Turba was 16 when he first voiced Edd and Hannes Maurer was 15 when he voiced Jonny.
  • Creator Backlash: Antonucci has made it no secret he hated having to switch to digital animation starting with season 5. He even snuck in a few hints of his displeasure, such as the infamous "uck digital" sign that could be found at the junkyard starting with the season.
  • Creator's Favorite: Danny Antonucci cites Rolf as his favorite character, as he's an Author Avatar (Antonucci is part of an Italian immigrant family) whose backstory and quirky traditions are loosely based on Antonucci himself and his relatives.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: The special "Boo Haw Haw" is Danny Antonucci's favorite. He also likes the episode "If It Smells Like An Ed". Ironically, both episodes are some of the most polarizing with fans due to their Downer Endings and being some of the few times the Eds' suffering didn't feel justified. "If It Smells Like An Ed" in particular is often singled out as being one of the show's worst episodes.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Kevin is voiced by Kathleen Barr, the same actress who voices Marie Kanker—this seems rather ironic, given that he's generally the toughest and most masculine out of all the male characters on the show.
    • Johnny's voiced by a woman in Italian, Japanese, both Spanish dubs of the show, Dutch, and French.
    • Jimmy's voiced by a woman in the French and Japanese dubs.
  • The Danza: In the Italian dub, Ed is voiced by Edoardo Nevola.
  • Dawson Casting: Jimmy was the only one of the characters to be voiced by an actual kid, the rest were all voiced by adults.
  • Defictionalization:
    • More than a few cosplayers have recreated the Fad Freak costume from "Its Way Ed".
    • Fans have also made their own Planks.
  • Deleted Scene: From "Take This Ed And Shove It, there was a scene cut where Eddy finds out he and the other Eds are married to the Kankers, honeymooned in the junkyard, and had lots of kids.
  • Descended Creator: Series creator Danny Antonucci provides the whistling in the theme song. He also voices Mr. Sun in "The Eds Are Coming".
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Came dangerously close before actual production started. Danny Antonucci first pitched the show to Nickelodeon, but their first demand was that he relinquish all creative control.
    • The show's transition to digital ink and paint during the fifth season came at the behest of Danny Antonucci, who wanted to keep using cels to maintain the "old school" cartoon look. By that point, cels simply weren't cost-effective and moving to digital ink and paint was the only way to go.
  • In Memoriam:
    • "Dim Lit Ed" is dedicated to Shawn "Wilfrid" Godin, a young friend of the production team who suddenly passed away.
    • "Look Before You Ed" has one for Paul Boyd, an animator for the opening who was killed by the police in an alleged case of self-defense.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Ed, the Gentle Giant is voiced by Matt Hill, while Eddy, The Napoleon is voiced by Tony Sampson. Sampson is the tallest among the trio's voice actors while Hill is the shortest, to the point that he even physically portrayed a Ninja Turtle (though many fans have jokingly stated that Sampson looks the most like the character he voices).
    • Janyse Jaud, Sarah's voice actress, is very softspoken in Real Life. To quote voice director Terry Klassen, she's the only woman in the cast "who has to yell the most".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • "May I Have This Ed?" and "Look Before You Ed", the only episodes made for the show's sixth season before Danny Antonucci decided to scrap the remainder of it for the movie, aren't available on iTunes or any other digital service. The holiday episodes are also not available on the platform for some reason either.
    • There are several other Missing Episodes as well. "Special Ed", which is said be finished but never aired due to (depending on who you ask) being either too surreal or "too real" for television. Not much else is known about it other than the fact that it might have been A Day in the Limelight for Ed, and may have even been an explanation of why Ed is the way he is, hence the "too real" explanation (at any rate, it was unlikely to have ever actually gotten past the conceptual stage, as no evidence of the supposedly completed episode has ever been found). The other two, "Luck Be an Ed Tonight" and "A Room and an Ed", were either planned, but scrapped or only exist as fan rumors.
    • HBO Max has the entire series, including the finale episode "May I Have This Ed/Look Before You Ed" (which are shown as the last two episodes of season five rather than as a partial season six, and for some reason are stretched to widescreen). Sadly, for those looking for the holiday specials and the finale movie, you won't find either of them on HBO Max.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: "If It Smells Like an Ed" is widely agreed among fans to be one of the worst (if not the worst) episodes of the entire series. Creator Danny Antonucci cites it as one of his favorites.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The plot of "Here's Mud In Your Ed" was inspired by fanfiction written by the creator of a popular Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy fan site. The episode was later referenced in the comic "A Tree Grows in Ed".
  • The Other Darrin:
    • During the first season, Nazz was first voiced by Tabitha St. Germain. However, when Tabitha was unavailable to continue recording the show, it was decided that someone already within the cast would take over on the character. Erin Fitzgerald, the voice of May Kanker since the beginning of the show, was intended to take over on Nazz. But since she had just moved to the United States, the part went temporarily to Jenn Forgie. However, series creator Danny Antonucci so loved Erin's performance that she flew back to Canada for the rest of the series.
    • Eddy's first Japanese voice actor, Toshitaka Shimizu, committed suicide at the young age of 33. He was replaced by Wataru Takagi for the rest of the series.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • In 2001, a rumor about a Missing Episode known only as "The Scarecrow Boy Episode" surfaced. The story is that Sarah puts on a play - her own version of The Wizard of Oz - casting herself as Dorothy, Jimmy as the Tin Man, Eddy as the Cowardly Lion (apparently he was also tied to a chair the whole time because he kept trying to walk out on Sarah), Ed as the Scarecrow, and Double D as the director. Sarah became outraged with Ed continuously blowing his lines, and ended up kicking and locking him out of the house (while still in costume); when Kevin and other kids in the cul-de-sac see Ed roaming around, they keep calling him "Scarecrow Boy", which somehow causes Ed to grow stiffer and stiffer each time he heard the name. Eventually, the episode ends with Plank nestled into the ground, and Ed standing on top with his arms straight out, as if he has become a real scarecrow. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that remotely proves such an episode exists, though many fans swear to have seen it, and that it only aired once.
    • The infamous "Special Ed" episode. There's no concrete proof it exists or even what it could have been about if it was planned at one point. It was supposedly scrapped for being "too real". Many fans take this to mean it was about Ed's Ambiguous Disorder.
    • There's an ongoing rumor about an early Comedy Central pilot called 3 Men. It featured three adult men in their early twenties and is considered the prototype for Ed, Edd n' Eddy. There however isn't any proof that this supposed pilot ever actually existed.
    • Junkyard Scramble was a rumored canceled puzzle game for the Game Boy Color. The game itself never existed and it's unknown where the rumor came from.
  • The Red Stapler: Some fans developed a taste for jawbreakers after seeing the candy act as a Macguffin on the show. Ironically, Danny Antonucci hates jawbreakers and only used them for their comical size.
  • Release Date Change: The show was originally slated to premiere on November 7, 1998. However, production issues led to its premiere being delayed until January 4, 1999.
  • Rule 34 Creator Reactions: When asked about Rebecca Sugar's infamous softcore porn art she'd done of Edd and Eddy, Danny Antonucci said that he didn't view it any differently than any other fanart and that he loves it.
  • Screwed by the Network: Boomerang decided to return the show to their schedule in 2018. If the fact that the show only aired late at night wasn't bad enough, the channel skipped a ton of episodes and dropped it after 11 days.
  • Short Run in Peru:
    • As mentioned above, Cartoon Network didn't broadcast in Canada during the show's run and wouldn't have a Canadian feed until 2012: in the interim, Teletoon briefly aired the show in 2002, but it was pulled for unknown reasons after a few weeks; ironically, they aired the Big Picture Show before Cartoon Network did.
    • The movie didn't air in the United States for months... long after Australia, all three Scandinavian countries, and parts of Asia got their hands on it.
  • Shrug of God: One Word of God says that Double D just has blond hair (though he was lying about that one) while the majority are neutral.
  • Throw It In:
    • In the Brazilian dub, Ed has some catchphrases he does not have in the original dub, such as "I like chicken with okra", "it didn't even hurt" and "cutie". The dubber for Eddy noted that this propensity for Ed's VA to go nuts combined with how Eddy was always the one who responded to the Talkative Loon forced him to always hear Ed's dialogue so he'd make up responses.
    • In "Hot Buttered Ed", there is a scene where Eddy rides atop Ed like a camel. Ed's mouth is drawn with his upper lip sloped downwards, like an actual camel; this was a mistake by the Korean animators, but Antonucci loved just how ridiculous the resulting image was and kept it in.
  • Trolling Creator: In an interview with Danny Antonucci he said that the movie would reveal what was under Double D's hat, it never does.
  • Unfinished Episode: There are four other unmade episodes that are known:
    • A Room and an Ed — Sarah and Jimmy kicked Ed out while his and Sarah's parents are away so that Sarah can have the house to herself. Eddy eventually swings into action, fed up with Sarah's brattiness.
    • Luck be an Ed Tonight — Ed's horoscope claims that he'll have a lucky day, which leads to Eddy milking it for all it's worth.
    • The Amazing Ed — Nothing is known about this one other than the fact it was supposed to be a Talent Show Episode.
    • There was an unnamed one where Eddy tries starting his own religion, but this was canned by Cartoon Network because they knew it would've sparked a huge controversy.
  • Word of God:
    • Danny Antonucci claims that the show was created on a dare from one of his colleagues. He apparently bet Antonucci, who at that point was known for vulgar, off-the-wall TV commercials, station I. D.s and shorts geared towards adults, that he couldn't make a show for children (this being after years of Danny trying and failing to pitch animated shows for adults). It's safe to assume that Danny won.
    • Antonucci said regarding the ages of the characters:
      • Jonny and the Eds are around 12 or 13.
      • Jimmy and Sarah are around 6 or 7.
      • Kevin, Nazz and Rolf are 15.
      • Plank's 100 (he presumably spent most of that as a tree).
      • The Kankers are around 13 to 15.
    • Danny Antonucci confirmed that the series takes place on Earth and not in purgatory, debunking the famous Cul-de-sac theory.
  • Writer Conflicts with Canon: Word of God is that Plank is a normal piece of wood. This doesn't explain the things he does on his own.
  • Write Who You Know: All the characters are based on Danny Antonucci's family members or people he knew growing up, as well as Antonucci himself.
    • The Eds were all aspects of his personality (Edward being his middle name).
    • Jimmy was based on a cousin.
    • Jonny was based on a loner friend who carried around a blanket a'la Linus.
    • Rolf was based on his experiences as an immigrant.
    • The Kankers, meanwhile, were based on a group of girls who harassed him in 7th grade and named after his three aunts (he noted that "Mae, Lee and Marie" had the same rhythm of "Ed, Edd and Eddy").

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