From the day Danny Antonucci faxed the rough sketch of the Eds to Linda Simensky at Cartoon Network, this early '80s toon was destined to be a classic. Watch the interview with DA on this set and you'll see why. Briefly, this toon introduced the "boiling line" --the outlines are constantly moving. This was initially disconcerting to some viewers, but compare how tastefully nuanced is the movement in this cartoon with the overdone computerized camera used in many live action shows. I could watch this show all day because the character design and backgrounds are so incredible, comparable to early Hanna- Barbera or Peanuts in their restrained "less is more" aesthetic. Contrast that with the CGI music video on this set of "I'm Not Coming In Today," where Sarah has lost all her "Sarah-ness," and the Eds move stiffly. Yawn.
Need more? This is one of the few shows since the Simpsons to feature humans. Like Peanuts or Looney Tunes, it mixes fantasy elements with realistic ones. The shows are also longer-- two to a half hour-- than the HB three to a half hour format they otherwise reflect. DA, known for indie toons Lupo the Butcher and The Brothers Grunt, is the last guy you'd expect to bring the mix of subtlety and innocence that is the secret of every great cartoon, but the first guy who did. In the current animation glut, this secret has been forgotten in the rush to make everything "extreme", which is to say, as overdone and unsubtle as most current live shows. The answer of Suits (or maybe flannel shirts) is to make everything even more extreme in hopes of seducing viewers, a short- sighted strategy if there ever was one. No wonder TV is in trouble. Now, with this great deal on Season two (and Season one also available), this watermark of early '80s toons shows how great a cartoon can be. Watch the Eds, Grasshopper, and learn from the Master.