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"Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy’s Boo Haw Haw": More Manic Fun from the Cul-De-Sac

by on October 26, 2005

Another in the string of themed specials, Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy’s Boo Haw Haw tries its hand at Halloween, with hilarious results.

To get into the holiday spirit, Ed watches horror movies all night. His room is literally a video store of horror tapes. As a result, Ed’s perceptions morph into a chaotic nightmare vision of Halloween, while Edd and Eddy try to calm him down. All of which leads to a riot of an ending that I won’t dare give away.

Yes, it’s a simple premise, but this show knows how to take a simple premise and milk it for laughs. Ensemble studies, like that exposing everyone’s different Halloween costume, are also great fun. My personal favorite is Edd in a germ costume, which everyone finds very unscary. The Kankers are mysteriously absent, though.

But the best part of this special is the animation. I stand by my opinion that Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy is the best-animated show on TV. Extreme care is put into every single drawing, and there are a lot of them. The constant movement (thanks to the squiggling characters, fast-paced action, innovative sight gags, and expressive poses) isn’t seen too much on TV anymore. Too many cartoons nowadays are afraid to venture off the model sheet, but Ed, Edd, & Eddy does, and that’s why it’s so eye-catching. Excellent color scheme, too.

This early version did not contain music or sound effects, which is unfortunate considering the high quality of Ed, Edd n’ Eddy‘s audio. The usual combination chaotic and custom-made effects give the Eds a leg up on their contemporaries. I won’t hold it against the special, though; I’m sure they will be top notch as always once they are added in.

While I liked the Valentine’s Day special better, Boo Haw Haw is still Grade A material that deserves a look. Stunning animation and spot-on pacing make this show something to savor.

“Boo Haw Haw” airs this Friday at 7 p.m. E/P on Cartoon Network.

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