Jay’s Month of Screams, Day 14- Ed Edd n’ Eddy
From the mind of Danny Antonucci comes a Halloween special of Ed-normous proportions! I have made my love of the Cartoon Network classic Ed Edd n’ Eddy plain for all, but now I want to discuss their Halloween special. Pack your trick or treat bags and be ready for a trip in Ed Edd n’ Eddy’s Boo Haw Haw.
Too Many Horror Movies
It’s Halloween night, and Ed celebrates it in the worst way possible: binging an entire collection of B-Horror films. The resulting marathon fry’s what little is left of Ed’s brain and puts him in a movie equivalent to a drug trip.
While Double Dee realizes Ed’s psychological state is worse than normal, Eddy doesn’t care. He got a map from his brother to Spook-E-Ville, a place where grownups give candy out by the bucket. Unfortunately, in his movie-induced state, Ed’s convinced that a trio of witches have jinxed him and his friends. In other words, Ed goes the entire night beating up the other kids thinking they’re monsters.
A Standard Ed Plot
First, this special has all the hallmarks of a typical Ed Edd n’ Eddy plot. One or more of the Eds wants something, but they’re unable to obtain it due to outside forces or their own ineptitude. The end result is that the Eds end up back at square one, or in a much worse state. In this case, Ed’s state of mind makes extremely violent to anyone he comes across. He even attacked poor Jimmy and took his candy! That comes back to bite his friends when the kids gang up on them in a justifiable rage.
It’s not very original as far as Ed Edd n’ Eddy goes, but that formula always worked for the show. The jokes are on point and the slapstick is as hilarious as ever, especially considering half the special is shown through Ed’s crazed eyes. Therefore, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Ed’s Boo Haw Haw
Since this was a Halloween special, Danny Antonucci and his staff took this standard Ed-plot and cranked it up to 11 with some horror and gore. The opening credits are filled with gore and red body fluid and filmed in a B-Movie horror style. It’s goofy-gory fun that almost rivals Treehouse of Horror.
Personally, my favorite part was the way Boo Ha Haw switches between what’s really happening, and what Ed sees. This let the animators go to town making scary monsters out of the kids. The results are genuinely creepy to look at, and seeing Ed “fight” them is hilarious.
In other words, I loved this Halloween special. Ed Edd n’ Eddy’s Boo Haw Haw is a homage to several sub-genres of the horror genre in the slapstick we all know and love. Too bad Double Dee and Eddy get pounded for Ed’s actions, whole Ed looks on, hallucinating again. Well, more so for Double Dee since he didn’t do anything, while Eddy thought the whole thing was hilarious. In addition, they never found Spook-E-Ville. Happy Halloween!
Click here to see the FANDOM Article I did for Halloween last year.