This is the season where I started faithfully watching the show (although the point where I really started watching is roughly 3 episodes from now) and it is by FAR my favorite season of the show. It is the standard I hold all cartoons to. It is phenomenally funny, surprisingly positive (Kevin loses A LOT this season, and the Eds usually get neutral endings), and goes above and beyond on character development in ways that were rarely matched again until the end of the show. My analyses are probably going to take a more in-depth and critical turn at this point because I really want to figure out what makes season 3 tick.

You are watching: Ed edd n eddy wish you were ed

This season premiere is a PERFECT example of what’s in store for us. It takes Rolf, a minor character who has pretty much solely existed for gags thus far (though there were a couple of small exceptions last season), and gives him life and depth, and also teaches us a lot about the fictional country he left behind. On top of that, the Eds are surprisingly nice throughout. The humor undercutting Rolf’s traditions are all benign and full of love for his weirdness, focusing mainly on how the Eds’ culture shock clashes with their good intentions. Pretty much all of Rolf’s best material comes from this episode. It’s great. Let’s start.

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The title = “Wish You Were Here” because Rolf wishes he was home. Also, Eddy provides a scam that supposedly grants wishes. Really easy to remember.

A disgusting tongue slobbers all over a goat stamp, which hopefully reminds you of Rolf’s goat, Victor! For a title card that appears to be set in a void (with one stray faded line in the top left corner), the postcard makes the whole thing seem surprisingly pretty, with detailed fields and mountainscapes that are actually pretty similar to the old country we see in this episode (and season 5). This image also bears some likeness to the cornfield paintings in ‘The Eds Are Coming’.

Season 3 is mostly a season of single-storyboarder masterpieces; showcases of the strongest artists from the previous seasons giving it their all for a full 11 minutes. There are probably junior artists helping out and I don’t know yet exactly how many episodes use this format, but today’s credit is given only to James “Wootie” Wootton. He’s one of my favorite boarders. He’s responsible for everyone’s favorite episode, ‘An Ed Is Born’ (the home movie episode, later this season), directed a lot of the best digital era episodes, and many gems from season 2: Fa La La La, Rent-a-Ed, Honor Thy Ed, Rambling Ed (another big Rolf episode), Dear Ed…

…Wootie also gets the sole credit for ‘Sorry Wrong Ed’ next season. I choose to believe he was forced to draw it at gunpoint, but the point remains that he is a REALLY talented artist. His art is that episode’s only redeeming factor for me, haha.

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Jimmy’s driving a cute little pedal car. Starting right off with the creative angles, Wootie? Nice.

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I feel like every season has a distinctly different look to its colors (mostly just that they get progressively less faded until it finally just explodes into digital brightness) but the first two half hours of season 3 always looked way more like season 2 than the rest of season 3 to me. Has anyone else noticed it? The writing feels very season 3, but the colors and backgrounds feel distinctly older– like, look at this weird silhouette neighborhood that is also the grass!! WHERE ARE WE???

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Anyway, Sarah seems to have hit a small rift with Jimmy since ‘Cry Ed’ ended season 2. She generally treats him like Ed and scolds him when he hits a bump. (The bump DOES sound like a cat, though.)

I love the pinwheel AC-system that is somehow controlled by a button in this toy car. Do you think it came with the toy or does Jimmy share Edd’s knack for invention?

Ooh, I love the extra detail in animating them behind the glass. Wootie, you so smart.

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“IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, LUMP IT, MS. SARAH!”

I always feel like he sounds like Nicky Little from ‘Pepper Ann’ here.

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I love when they get the characterization so perfect that the drawings turn out amazing too. Also, I should take the time to appreciate Sarah’s hair-blowing animation! Wootie uses this small but effective detail again later in the episode, for an amazing sequence where Rolf faints.

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Jimmy teaches kids the phrase “road rage” while apologizing. Predictably, they’re going to crash now.

I like the way Sarah’s mouth doesn’t always need skin next to it. Strangely makes it seem even bigger..

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This Jimmy’s got TOO many angles

OH, you might notice that, starting with this season, it is much easier for me to overload these analyses with screenshots. Aside from me just loving this season’s animation, it’s mostly because the Itunes versions of these seasons were donated to the analysis cause by my good friend! Thank you, friend, wherever you may be.

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Jimmy swerves just in time, leaving an awesome skid mark. (HEY, there was a skid mark in last season’s premiere, ‘Ready Set Ed’, too!! weird coincidence) We hear them crash off screen but that may just be a sound design joke since we don’t see any sign of it or hear their voices.

Jonny’s riding a scooter backwards, hoping to join a demolition derby. This interesting mode of transportation returns when the kids return to school in ‘Out With the Old, In With the Ed’:

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Kevin and Nazz have to spin around to avoid crashing into Jonny. Pouty Kevin insults “Quirky”’s road-hogging and clever Nazz uses “road-hog” as a setup to introduce Wilfred.

Has Nazz worn her roller blades before now? I can’t remember.

Nazz’s headphones, while still pretty outdated, always strike me as unusually modern for the series. Also they’re unnecessary, since Kevin’s lugging a boombox around. His boombox isn’t even playing music, though, is it being fed straight into her headphones via antenna, and he’s just being her lackey?

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Everyone pulls up to witness Rolf’s “spicy” “hotshot” wagon. I guess he didn’t have that ‘Out With the Old..’ wagon yet, or Wilfred’s just faster than Victor.

Whoa, I JUST realized that Nazz’s hair actually goes up in the back, to explain why we don’t see it behind her head in front views. Cuter than how I usually think of it!

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Jonny, Nazz, and Jimmy all laugh like jerks. Kevin chokes out “I HAVE HEARTBURN,” either to be obviously cruel or in an unusual attempt to hide his mockery from Rolf. I can’t tell.

Kevin’s nose is barely existent here.

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Sarah’s still being needlessly mean and calls Rolf stupid.

LOOK AT THAT CUTE KEVIN. His hands are getting bigger but he’s still just a baby.

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Rolf takes the insults in good stride, OR he may have not understood them at all (or he could be proud of his village idiot history, but we don’t find that out until later in the season). ROLF CHALLENGES THE KIDS TO A RACE.

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Kevin accepts the race and cool music begins! We are getting ever closer to the point where we get more scene-specific music from Patric Caird, besides the character themes and accenting that usually fill episodes.

This face makes me uncomfortable, this is one of those times where I really see what Eddy’s saying about Kevin looking like a monkey.

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Nice, this is wallpaper material. I love Jonny’s creepy little goggles so much. Ooh, and Nazz’s competitive face is interesting.

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Greeeeat proportions! Love intense Jimmy. Love little background Sarah, pretending to be relevant to this race. Love the random mailbox in front of a huge empty lot.

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Nazz is feeling downright jolly now. I feel like they meant to draw angry eyebrows on her.

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That is a GREAT perspective drawing of Wilfred, love that curve from his snout to his torso. The little tuft of grass coming out of the street is a neat detail too.

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Someone had fun with the inking in this shot! Look at that Bro-chin Kevin.

HEY LOOK, A HOUSE! Whaddaya know?

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Rolf sets the finish line: “THE FERMENTED CANE OUTLET.” The kids are rightfully confused.

Beaklip Kevin is so weird…

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Sketchy-lined eyelid, lazy-eye Rolf explains that he means the candy store, which, just like all of season 2 and most of the season 1, makes no appearance in this episode but earns a few mentions.

Hey, doesn’t this background look like the mysterious bus stop where they said bye to Jib?

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WHOOOOA, IT IS!? The exact same tree, the exact same orange puddle, the exact same bushes, houses, and cloud shapes… WHY’D THEY GET RID OF THE BUS STOP, THOUGH? Did the bus route get reworked between seasons 2 and 3? There is a more canon bus stop by the candy store to be revealed in a few episodes, as well as one by the school/peach orchard in the movie. I guess this weird neighborhood where the grass is also the houses didn’t need it?

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The kids speed off, leaving Rolf as the obvious loser.

These are the sort of doodley clouds we see a lot of in the digital era. It makes sense with the style, but I think the more realistic effects make a funnier fit for the show.

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First appearance of the old country!

BABY WILFRED!!!!!!!! PIGLET SIBLINGSSSS

WILFRED’S MOM FOR FAVORITE CHARACTER 2015, FIRST ON-SCREEN PARENT

We find out later this season and again in season 5 that Rolf thinks cameras steal souls. I guess old world black and white cameras are different somehow?

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Wilfred breaks loose of the wagon, and Rolf skids on his face over to the Eds. “HELLO ROLF” they say in unison, like in ‘Rambling Ed’, a quote I’ve always loved the rhythm of. Oh how I miss having a friend named Ralph to greet with that on the daily.

The Eds are comically revealed to have been a couple feet to the right of the kids this whole time, attempting to break Ed out of a mailbox. This is my all-time favorite introduction for them, and I love that they underplay the mystery of what this misadventure was. Starting stories at the end of one madcap adventure is an AKA staple, as you may have noticed with the scam in BPS.

Um, so that house (from a few shots ago) is just gone now. A chain link fence started next to the mailbox, apparently just to protect one side of that bush.

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Flat-face Rolf sadly greets the Ed-boys. I’m not terribly offended by road rash slapstick, but I can’t help but notice how much less detailed this injury is for Rolf here than Eddy landing on the street in ‘Take This Ed…’ next season.

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Edd proposes that they could get Ed out with grease. Ed’s eyebrow is gone.

I appreciate wide-shots like this even though I’m EXTREMELY frustrated by that house being replaced by this empty lot. We don’t even know where this location is, why does it seem like there’s NOTHING on this street at all? A completely informationless street.

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“Hey Rolf, could ya spare a cup o’ fat?”

Smooth.

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hahahaha perfect timing on Ed’s released legs smacking Edd off-screen, and I love the secondary consequence of the crowbar being left behind to bounce around.

X-ears on Ed

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“…Rolf is heartbroken.”

I think Wootie was the emotional center of the classic episodes (Leah too), before Raven set the heart back in place in the digital era. The season 5 episodes where Raven and Wootie work together are SERIOUSLY great, and I get the impression they have a lot of the same sensibilities on characterization.

‘Dear Ed’ last season and ‘Wish You Were Ed’ right now both explore genuine emotional depth from minor characters. Comedy is garnered through the filter of the Eds’ lack of understanding, such as the crowbar bouncing through this line because of the slapstick gag that just passed by, but the depressed character (Jonny in the former, Rolf now) is handled seriously. Their bodies can be tossed around like playthings so long as it doesn’t crush their spirit.

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Something season 3 is REALLY good at is inserting a quiet moment into these heavy stories. It is funny in how out of place it is in a show that people consider “loud,” but this gag simultaneously cements the situation as real and heavy.

Rolf is depressed. He sighs and gives a thousand-yard unieye stare. (..His hand overlaps his shoe but it’s not too noticeable, don’t worry about it.) The camera zooms out, the music lingers on one last note and fades into wind blowing. The first to pick up on Rolf’s despair is Ed. Eddy enters, initially looking annoyed by the silence, but gradually seeming more and more concerned that he doesn’t understand what’s happening. He also hears a hawk/eagle? That may just be another sound design gag and not actually a thing that happens.

Rolf finally comes out of it with “Rolf’s keister grows cold…” Eddy’s pose is comically over the top, but his expression reads as either serious empathy, or at the very least a WILL to be empathetic once he better understands Rolf’s situation. Even Eddy’s undercutting reply, “Rolf’s WHAT?” is almost whispered, going against what you’d expect from Eddy’s character and connecting well to the emotional subtext. Eddy is being portrayed with depth here, another detail that season 3 is really good about most of the time. He’s been put through a lot of trauma by season 2 already, and a lot more trauma is on the way, but there are still these incredibly important reminders of the good person Eddy started as in season 1 and still yearns to be accepted as. Viewers who don’t understand Eddy are missing out on SO MUCH. I could talk about his subtle evolutions forever. It’s SCARY to me that people miss this stuff, because it’s really important to the series and because there are real people out there with Eddy’s personality, constantly feeling misinterpreted.

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Look at how Eddy INSTANTLY mirrors Rolf’s alarm! His little brother personality feeds into everything he does. Eddy can’t relate to Rolf’s mature dilemma, but Eddy understands that there’s some sort of urgency to this and wants to feel it too. During these better parts of his life in the first 3 seasons, you can see a lot of Eddy’s humanity come out in small neutral moments like this. Seasons 4-5 put Eddy into a place of constant distress and mistrust with his surroundings, and as admittedly flanderized as the personality he adopts is, it is still a pretty obvious mirroring of how Eddy thinks the world feels about him.

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“THIS TWISTED STEEL OF INDUSTRY!”

This is one of my favorite backgrounds in the whole show. There are a lot of nice sketchy grime details, the paint’s perfectly sloppy, the colors match Rolf’s attitude, and that cracked pavement really ties it all together. It’s still really weird how much of this mysterious street is just fences around bushes and trees, but I am under the impression that Peach Creek has been gradually mowing down its woods to build more developments like the Eds’ “Peach Creek Estates.” That “desert” in BPS is somewhere in this direction and it looks more like cleared land than a desert to me.

I love that gross pollution cloud in the sky, and how it suggests the power towers (that go across the Jawbreaker Factory/desert town and Lemon Brook) are having an ill effect on the Eds’ neighborhood. Back when “SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT” didn’t seem like the most overdone and overly preachy premise, I was kinda hoping an eventual EEnE movie would explore this aspect of the show’s setting. BPS does eventually inspect the factory and the limits of the power towers, but they’re not as relevant to the plot as I’d like.

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“THESE CONFUSING LEISURE DELIGHTS!”

awww yesssss, i can taste this outside-the-lines painting mmmmmmmm

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So the playground is within view of this mysterious street. I assume it’s somewhere along those woods in the bottom right corner of this season 1 map, with the sometimes-bus-stop area being part of that neighborhood across from the two cul-de-sacs.

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“AND YOUR ILL-AT-EASE CUSTOMS!”

Hilarious shot of Ed grinning while stuck in the mailbox, perfectly justifying Rolf’s feelings of displacement and making the Eds seem equally foreign to Rolf. Punctuated EXTRA-perfectly by Ed coughing out an envelope and then relaxing back into his completely comfortable grin.

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Some strong Edd poses as he and Eddy react with understanding to Rolf’s frustration. Good boys. …I guess Edd walked back over while Rolf was directing the camera around?

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There are a lot of great Rolf lines here, but you get it, he misses the old country. I love this elephant locket he’s apparently been wearing around his neck the whole show. I wonder if his country actually has elephants or if it’s just an aesthetic.

Rolf’s country makes me think of some sort of amalgam of India, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Germany, and Norway. Did I miss any?

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Wilfred is the only animal confirmed to have come from the old country, I guess. Well, besides Fluffy and the other season 5 sheep. Rolf wears lederhosen, which I read are/were typical of countries along the Alpine mountain range (I guess that’s what Rolf’s neighboring mountains are, then?).

Second appearance of the old country! Pretty consistent with its reappearance in season 5’s ‘Every Which Way but Ed’.

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Looks like they either moved to a different part of the mountain between the photo and this moment, or they redid their roof, paved a pathway and planted a new bush. Or it’s just a retcon because that previous appearance was a photo and details could be spared!!!

Oh look, actually Victor and… Victor’s sibling were there too! Good, I’m glad the family stuck together. And, hey, both of these episodes were directed by Wootie! Guess he must love Rolf’s country.

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Crying Rolf ):

Angus Bungay is going strong with the inking! *wolf whistles* That elephant locket looks FANTASTIC.

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Edd tries to calm Rolf down but Rolf reiterates that his heart is broken. Awwww, the pain…

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Apparently Wilfred came back around the same time as Edd. He decides to take a turn in Rolf’s wagon and hops in as Rolf leaves. Cute.

Eddy regrets letting Rolf kill the mood, but listens to Edd’s sympathetic explanation. Generally good boys.

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This Wallace and Gromit mouth hardly seems necessary for the casual conversation they’re having, but ok.

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Ed teleports out of the mailbox to tell Eddy that Rolf is homesick.

Eddy is too busy being rightfully terrified, “WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?” “Blame my parents, Eddy.” Good subtle adult humor. Ed’s gotta know more about sex than he was letting on in ‘I Am Curious Ed’. The “sextant” scene in BPS agrees.

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There’s SO much nothing on this street, WTF

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Eddy proposes a transatlantic flight scam! I can’t tell how serious Eddy’s being, but I guess his heart’s in the right place.

H…Hello, Ed…

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Eddy’s smooth talking and detailed gesturing suggests he’s serious about the flight idea. Ed volunteers to fly the plane– now THERE’S an episode idea! ..Well, we sorta get that in season 5’s ‘Cool Hand Ed’ (which is a great episode).

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Edd leaves to “salvage what’s left of this plot.” Harsh. But Eddy’s cool with it as long as he gets credit.

ABRUPT CUT TO THE NEXT SCENE BECAUSE WE DON’T GOT TIME TO WASTE ON A DISSOLVE.

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Sad-shoes Rolf starts cleaning a beet. I’ve always appreciated the continuity with his love for candied beets from season 1’s ‘Oath To An Ed’:

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The beet-scrubbing sound continues after Rolf lifts his brush, and so begins another dialogue-free adventure!

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Season 3 loves silence.

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Whoa, Rolf is weirder with big eyes than I would’ve thought….

SO MANY BEETS

Another great angle on this background, plus more paint outside the lines. What are those poles next to the shed for? Those aren’t usually there and they look like they were drawn by prop designers, instead of as part of the background…

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Poochie/Beatrice makes it into the episode! The Eds have finally learned how to milk her since ‘Tag Yer Ed’. And look, they used the Canadian Squirt Guns (turkey basters) from ‘Know It All Ed’! Season 3 loves callbacks.

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Rolf pops up behind the cow way faster than makes sense, but I’m pretty sure it’s intentional. Rolf animates so well in this episode! I wish Wootie had been around for BPS, he’s got such a great cinematic sense to his directing and plotting.

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More stylish directing: the camera assumes Rolf’s POV as he peers over the fence into the lane. The foreground fence/hose move down at a much faster rate than the background Eds, briefly creating a 3D illusion.

Rolf catches the Eds openly discussing that these Chunky Puffs (another callback, come to think of it) are tennis balls for the specific purpose of fooling him, but Rolf doesn’t seem to care/understand.

I love that one tennis ball bops Ed on the head (for fun). Wootie, and this show in general, is great at adding quick side gags between lines.

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Eddy realizes Rolf’s listening and tells Ed to start the show. Look at Eddy’s tiny mouth, haha.

Another well-placed character beat, Ed gnawing a tennis ball like a dog.

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Eddy is as obnoxious as possible with introducing this wishing scam.

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This happens so fast and the pain effects are so TEENY hahaha

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“I WISH I WISH I WAS A FISH!” A few episodes from now, you WILL become a fish Ed!

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Apparently Rolf ignored the Eds’ scam-talk because he was thinking about how impossible it is for the Eds’ kitchenware to be so much larger than Papa’s nasal wart. Rolf’s dad must have one BIG wart….

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For absolutely no reason, Ed responds to Rolf’s curiosity with “YOU CAN’T CATCH ME” and then disappears into the milk. The timing is hilarious. How would you even guess such a total nonsequitur would fit so perfectly in the middle of Eddy and Rolf’s plot-pushing conversation when you’re just writing or storyboarding this? At what point in story development does Ed get added to these proceedings?

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Edd caps off Eddy’s wishing explanation with a painfully deadpan “Hard to believe. Isn’t it, Rolf?” This used to be used in a CN bumper that compiled various clips of the Eds saying “Rolf.”

The characterization has become so rich, and the poses are so much more specific than they used to be in season 1! What a joy it’s been to see the entire crew grow up so fast.

…Wasn’t this Edd’s idea, though? At what point did he start to hate this plan?

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Rolf mulls over the Eds’ story. Something about that mouth is feeling very Jonny to me.

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Ah, there’s the Rolf we know. Doesn’t look like he’s buying it…

I notice bushy eyebrows like this a lot in the digital era, particularly on Ed.

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Eddy senses Rolf’s suspicions and crosses his fingers. More subtle Eddy dimensions, he can lose confidence just as quickly as he can fake it.

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Rolf’s homesickness gets the better of him. Even Eddy can’t believe Rolf fell for this.

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doesn’t this Eddy look super season 1?

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haha, don’t feel like I ever noticed this quick shot of Ed looking sneaky (because YOU CAN’T CATCH HIM) before Eddy grabs his foot.

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Apparently the Eds didn’t think this through to what the magical object would be, so Eddy picks Ed’s shoe. Wonder if it’s the same shoe that Ed loses in the movie? Not that it matters, it’d just be cute.

I love how the Eds’ clothes look when wet. How do short sleeves get so LONG?

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Aww yeah, look at those nice cel animation smoke effects. They’re able to achieve a similar digital effect with the green steam from Rolf’s house in ‘The Eds Are Coming’, but nothing can compare to how strangely natural this looks.

Rolf believes it is the stench of destiny. He’s just willing to go with anything right now, isn’t he?

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Eddy dramatically continues to explain the shoe while explaining nothing. Rolf asks if it could “take pity” on him as well. I wonder if “take pity” reflects his views of wishes in general, or just his own state of desperation.

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“YES!”

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“May Rolf speak to the shoe???” I just realized how similar this is to the money tree Rolf scams Eddy with in ‘Here’s Mud In Your Ed’ next season. Cleverrrr…

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“Noooooo…” Gotta love an obvious low-dialogue gag like this.

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“NO!?”

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“Yesss…”

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“Nooo….” Eddy’s having fun.

Ooh, look at that chunky season 1-esque inking!

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“YES! Rolf knows what makes Ed-boy tick.”

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“No?”

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“Rolf’s legs WOOBLE with weakness!” Seriously, there are a lot of great Rolf lines in this episode.

The Eds made A DOLLAR off of this ACTUAL SCAM and Rolf NEVER takes the quarters back. EDS WIN!!! HAPPY SEASON 3, EVERYBODY! OFF-SCREEN JAWBREAKERS FOR ALL. THE END.

oh, right, this story is about rolf

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Rolf asks for a manual. God, these poses are good!!!

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HELLO EDDY.

Eddy improvises again, telling Rolf to take a big whiff, and borrowing Rolf’s “stench of destiny” phrase.

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Oooh, I LOVE when cartoon pupils go over the eyeball outline.

Edd: “HE DOESN’T HAVE TO SMELL THE–” Again, the character beats are all placed perfectly, bravo.

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MORE TINY MOUTH. Hahaha both of their faces are great.

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There is a beautiful theatrical quality to this whole sequence. It propels the season 2 quality animation to distinctly season 3 levels of direction.

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NICE ANGLE.

I get really distracted by the flies in this show. They move like real flies, not like a simple loop. It makes me wonder if they were storyboarded at all or if the animators just get to come up with these flight patterns on their own.

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More cool music, this time very dramatic and old world-y.

Everything about this Rolf face is giving me Rafiki vibes.

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How odd to see Eddy actually contain himself!

Edd’s predictably barfy.

Ed seems pouty about Rolf inhaling his shoe.

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Rolf finally begins to faint from the stench and spins around on his heels. It’s a funny enough visual, especially with that long Brothers Gruntish mouth, but the direction pushes it past comedy and into drama. This is NORMAL in EEnE. This is SERIOUS and EMOTIONAL. And yet it doesn’t feel forced! Simultaneously it feels funny and intense, and that is the power of EEnE’s handling of animation.

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In another brilliant theatrical decision, the camera begins flipping through multiple shots of Rolf spinning at a dizzying pace. Adding to the effect are multiple continuity disruptions (in some shots, Rolf has an ‘O’ mouth, in others his mouth is closed; Rolf’s hair is way more detailed and flowing in close-ups; Rolf’s eyes change expression) and an eery overlay of Rolf’s earlier lines, including “ROLF SWEATS HIMSELF TO UNDERSTAND YOUR MODERN GO-GO WORLD!” It’s an amazing, vaguely trippy sequence.

That eery voice-overlay idea was going to be used a little differently in a deleted section of Jonny’s psychotic breakdown on the bus in BPS, with Jonny hearing dialogue from the Eds’ next scene (when they’re drowning in the swamp), dialogue he wouldn’t even hear. It’s a creepy technique that I really love and wish could’ve made it into the final movie.

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Rolf’s cool spinning animation combines with a subtle 2D panning background and a shadow to create the effects of 3D camera movement. Really impressive.

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Rolf lands with the absolute best hair animation, ending the scene with the audience thoroughly impressed. You almost feel MAD that the other characters don’t have as much hair as Rolf because this is the type of stuff they could do. It is a really ingenious idea to extend the audience’s love for Rolf into his design! It makes this episode feel even more like a Rolf special because of how thorough it is.

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We fade out and I never noticed before that the echoing past-dialogue stops being Rolf at the end– it switches to Eddy repeating “destiny, destiny, destiny…” That’s cuuuute.

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Rolf wakes up still on the lane dirt.

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But in the next shot he’s laying on the construction site’s cul-de-sac?

That minor continuity error aside, I think this is the show’s most creative use of the construction site by far. It is the perfect area to place this sort of “fake village” scam and whoever at AKA realized that deserves more credit than they got.

The Eds decorated the skeleton houses with fake buildings, and put a birdhouse on some sort of locker. Those roofs on the buildings in the right corner make me think of India, but I can’t remember if that’s actually where they’re from (my memory for anything not-specifically-EEnE is terrible). The well looks like it was made from a pipe that was already sticking out in the center of the construction site– what purpose would that pipe serve? The Eds seem to have swiped some barrels, sausages, and animal slop from Rolf’s for some extra authenticity, and left some of the construction site’s rock-bearing wheelbarrows and dirt piles around for texture. The Eds also took note of the mountains in Rolf’s photo, that’s nice!

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The Eds grabbed Rolf’s pile of cleaned beets!

That backdrop doesn’t seem to match with the other stuff the Eds have set up. Most of their backdrops look like an appropriate amalgam of Europe and Asia, but this tropical island drawing seems out of place…

BTW, do these international backgrounds remind anyone else of last season’s premiere?

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HOLY CRAP, THEY ARE FROM LAST SEASON’S PREMIERE. SO MANY CALLBACKS.

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I wonder if the Eds researched the words they wrote on that “KLAT” sign… Google Translate says that means “blob” or “blot” in Danish?

I like that fish stand a lot, particularly the chainsaw fish.

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That fence on the right doesn’t usually exist, but if those woods lead to the playground then this should mostly be accurate to the map.

Also another reused backdrop:

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I definitely remember seeing this a lot in CN’s Rolf bumpers. It took me so long to realize how WEIRD this giant beetle is. Most of the bugs were in season 1 but no other bug in the whole series is humongous like this… Where did the Eds find it? Does it just live in that pipe by coincidence? (why couldn’t it have been my beloved season 1 horned beetle??)

Anyway, the infested waters convince Rolf that he’s home. How… unfortunate.

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I love how each “world” has its own separate patch of color.

Is this is the first canonization of the season 1 map in the whole show? I think most of the overhead shots have been isolated areas– just the cul-de-sac, or the area around the trailer park.

They really put a LOT of effort into matching the earlier map, even the parts that don’t make sense with this episode (the lane’s second fence has been heavily featured so far) / at all logically (why doesn’t Ed’s backyard need a back fence?).

Sorry to post this map again, but look, they redrew it! Look at how you can see more of the right side of the map now. That’s nice. According to this, the construction site only has 4 houses. That makes sense with how little space it actually has, but later episodes make a habit of scattering infinite skeleton houses around its dirt lot.

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Aw, so proud. Judging from Eddy’s blank stare and Edd’s smugness, this was the part Edd came up with.

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Edd’s “Encyclopedia of Old World Cultures” apparently had enough information to convince Rolf without the Eds actually learning about his country? Or do they know his country’s name and just not talk about it?

The way this book serves as the backbone of the premise seems surprisingly like season 5.

“S.S. Ed,” DON’T GIVE YOURSELVES AWAY, GUYS.

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Eddy and Ed run in opposite directions for jawbreakers and Edd gets to be the source of a surreal gag as he grabs both of them. Ed is actually closer to running in the actual direction of the candy store, but I like the way the staging of this gag points out the different issues Ed and Eddy must overcome to stop this scam from misfiring– Eddy has to commit to being selfless and Ed has to avoid clumsily interrupting Rolf’s fantasy like this. The stakes are higher just because of how personal this venture is! This feels like a new kind of EEnE story.

“The Eds hiding out in one of the skeleton houses” is another thing that makes this episode’s use of the construction site setting stand out. It is surprisingly rare for the Eds to interact with their environment like this.

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I’m glad we get to see this weird tiny-eye drawing closer up, haha. As I always point out, this is slapstick done well. It relies on timing and absurdity, and replaces detailed injuries with hilariously strange faces.

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“Where was I going?” And it’s never the wrong time for a “disconnected Ed” gag. These drawings are all simultaneously sloppy and strong, I love ‘em. Ed’s arm isn’t attached to his body, and yet that wonkiness feels in service of the joke.

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Luckily for Edd, Rolf gives Eddy a more in-character opportunity to help. Rolf wants to purchase this “fine, fresh eel” that is clearly a sock.

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Rolf sniffs the eel, having apparently acquired a fondness for Ed’s foot odor. What a nice lively drawing!

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I always think Eddy’s making up some sort of language here, “A-VALLON MEEEALS TO YA, VILLAGER!” but after watching this clip like 50 times it finally dawned on me that Eddy’s asking “Eyeballin’ me eels, are ya, villager?”

That is a weird-ass Rolf, haha, but I love this Eddy costume. Are those sideburns made of seaweed?? I need to remember to draw all the old-world characters the Eds came up with, they’re interesting.

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Eddy immediately realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew– how is he supposed to know all the mannerisms of Rolf’s people?

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Somebody needs to cosplay as Eddy’s Fish Monger character, I love his shirt.

Eddy blatantly goes and asks Edd for an explanation– Edd finds that this is a bartering pole.

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Edd and his book are a little unnecessary here, since background-Rolf has already made it clear that you need to barter while balancing your stomach on the pole (although audiences sometimes prefer to have things spelled out for them). Wootie wisely uses this expositional scene for a cute background-Ed gag that doubles as a useful explanation for where Eddy got this sudden costume.

I can’t see this dress-up box and not imagine the baby Eds playing in it. CAN YOU??? (You cannot.)

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A cute/smug Edd shuts the dusty book, adding a layer of visual comedy to his dialogue to give it an extra punch. Eddy simultaneously relaxes into his own cute pose.

At this point, I’d like to take a brief personal detour. Feel free to ignore it.

I have learned a LOT about animation and storyboarding just from analyzing EEnE season 2 (and I should probably go back over season 1 now that I better understand the work behind it). Season 3 is my favorite season and I’m really excited to finally be taught by the A+ material. If you’re like me and can’t afford a true animation education but are dying for one, it is AMAZING how much you can learn for free by pausing every other second of your favorite animations and thinking about what went through the artists’ heads and how it must have looked at different stages of production. It goes beyond studying techniques too, you’ll learn a lot about the people who made these just by studying what they draw, what concepts they return to, what tones they prefer, etc. I highly encourage conducting your own analyses!

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“THAT’S STUPID.” Perfect punctuation to Edd’s lesson and my personal moment, haha.

HEY, this is a line that’s recycled a lot in the series but I’ve never been able to pinpoint when it was first said! One re-use I remember is in the movie, when Edd’s explaining fireflies to Eddy. Mostly I started noticing it because of Youtube Poops, though.

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Edd finally gets to play Eddy’s wife, just like Eddy wanted in season 1’s ‘Dawn of the Eds’.

I picture Rolf’s mom looking vaguely like this Edd disguise (but with bigger feet and more body hair, of course).

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Gross. Poor Edd. Poor Rolf?

From this point on, I think male-on-male kisses become a staple of the show. Have there been others before this one that I’m forgetting?

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Eddy’s entertained!

(hahaha, I imagine this guilty chuckle was Danny’s reaction to every obvious gay joke in the show)

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Edd keeps his tongue out all barfy, juuuust like after the make-out he has with Eddy next season.

Edd’s able to regain composure quickly, though, and offers Rolf the eels for 3 oranges. Rolf would rather offer 2 chickens.

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Eddy is mad about the chickens (but not the oranges? guess it’s just his bird fear), but Ed takes his cue and demands chickens.

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Edd tries to accept two chickens but Rolf is confused that Edd doesn’t want FOUR chickens. The camera switches to this more dynamic angle, as tension builds in their abdomens. Edd tries to accept the four chickens, but Rolf now insists that he said two chickens.

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Edd tries to keep his wits about him in a close-up, lowering his offer to 3 chickens and a rubber band, but Rolf won’t back down from 2 chickens. We cut back to the original shot, where Edd confesses “MY ABDOMEN IS KILLING ME” and finally concedes to the original two chickens.

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Eddy protests anything but cash, but Ed accepts the chickens. Don’t worry Eddy, I’m sure they’re worth more than a quarter. One dollar and two chickens is a damn good profit for you guys.

…Did the Eds BRING Rolf’s animals or does Rolf just carry chickens around in his pockets at all times? (that’s a rhetorical question– in the season 3 finale, Edd confirms that Rolf DOES carry at least one chicken in his pocket at all times)

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Cool angle, Rolf reminds us that this a triumphant emotional story for him.

“Fruz” is apparently “fruit” in French?? “Fruit blob”??? Doesn’t really make sense to use two words from two different languages but ok alright.

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Precious.

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Fade to later– Rolf digs a pit through cement and Eddy comes in with the rock wheelbarrow, dressed as both George Washington and a Scotsman. Good thing he’s by the Loch Ness Monster or THIS MIGHT’VE BEEN WEEEIRD.

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Rolf and Eddy get along famously over this hole. Cute. Is… hole-digging the national pastime of Rolf’s country?

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A series of well-drawn Eddys explain the village’s hole-digging permits to Rolf. This sales pitch concludes with “or I’m gonna have to hit you with one of these rocks,” which sounds like a better plan than it should.

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Rolf rambles off a ton of fake language in a bit everyone loves. Eddy barely lets Rolf finish his last faux-German sentence before blurting out “what?”

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Eddy looks so worried that he’s just blown this scam, haha.

I guess the lane really isn’t going to have two fences anymore today? Kinda weird that the lane dirt has paled so much over the day but I’m the only one who would notice anyway.

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Ed falls into the hole and the chickens try to float away.

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“Your village idiot has fallen in Rolf’s ho-el. A CELEBRATION I SAY!”

We learn later this season that Rolf comes from a long line of his village’s idiots. I guess he feels some kinship to Ed’s disguise, then? If I draw real versions of these old world characters, I should consider making Ed look related to Rolf.