Danny Antonucci Interview

Warning: The video below contains strong language.

Seriously though, would you expect anything less from the guy who created Lupo? This is an entertaining and informal interview with Danny Antonucci, who is also the creator of the long-running Cartoon Network series Ed Edd n Eddy. Antonucci speaks the truth when he says the industry is becoming too sterile; it’s encouraging to hear that he wants to shake things up and return to his indie animation roots.


  • http://dmgermain.blogspot.com/ David Germain

    Danny Antonucci is uber-cool. I definitely agree with him on the state of animation today (although I certainly don’t hate Pixar as much as he does). I would love to help him with any projects that he hopes to stir s**t up. If there’s an address where I could send a portfolio to or whatever, that would be great.

  • derick von fuscho

    how arrogant is this guy? seriously. does he think he’s elightened with the information of the state of the animation industry? does he think everyone else in the animation industry is a moron? he did have a few nice titbits of advice thrown in there, though. i’m off to buy some corn-cobs!

  • Billy Bob

    Yea, I love Ed Edd and Eddy, but I also was a bit turned off on how Danny came off here. Oh well, at least I got to see an interview with him.

  • http://sandwichbag.blogspot.com Elliot

    I’m all for stirring the shit and causing trouble and telling people where to shove it, but it’s a little hard to take from someone behind Ed, Edd n Eddy. It’s like being invited out for cones by Dora the Explorer.

  • TotalD

    I haven’t seen Danny since 1980, Canimage and his tiger striped desk . He has aged well and it’s great to see he is still the total anarchist he always was. There was a party of all these traditional animators and I think Danny got drunk and was telling them all to fuck off. Lol ! Legend ! What you see here is real and probably only a fraction of his energy.

  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com GagaMan

    Ed Edd and Eddy was by this guy? Fair enough, but that cartoon was kinda like a politically correct Beavis & Butthead. I’d love to see him go back to making films like Lupo, though.

  • Kris

    I was kind of surprised to find out that the creator of Ed, Edd, and Eddy is actually cool. Like I would seriously go out and drink with this guy.

    Glad I’m not the only person out there who thinks Flash animation is just a mess. The overall quality and content of Flash animation is unbelievably bad, and even Flash stuff by good artists/animators looks like garbage compared to their more traditional stuff. The technique definitely has some effect on the quality, there.

  • http://ian-j.blogspot.com/ Ian J.

    People shit all over Ed, Edd, and Eddy for some reason (maybe it’s the annoying voices?) but that show’s got the most original designs, tightest poses & timing and sickest animation & direction out of all of those Cartoon Network originals.

  • Doug

    Ed,Ed and Eddy gives me a headache – shake,shake & shaky. And I wish I had those eight minutes of my life back from watching this ‘interview’. Honestly, what was the use of pointing us to this, besides to hear the rant about flash animation (which I happen to agree with)?

  • http://www.flyingiguannaproductions.com Zee

    I’m all for stirring shit up. I agree with Danny there. I don’t agree about the flash stuff. There is a lot of crappy flash out there, but there is also some GREAT flash stuff out there; like this
    http://oohbitey.com/main.html

    check out the 30 little bits of flash animation in the top right corner of the screen. All 30 are fantastic. And what about the “Everyone has more sex than me” video? That also has outstanding flash animation. Flash is just a tool. If it’s put in the hands of a good traditional animator with good drawing skills, you can create work as good as anything done by hand.

    But DAMN IT he’s right! Drawing is great! After seeing Danny rant and rave, I feel like doing some traditional animation with good old fashioned paper and pencils. I’ve been inspired , so I am going to go draw now. Bye.

    • dingus

      flash i don’t care too much about, some flash internet stuff has proven to look great but a lot is Drek, but CGI has ran it’s course long enoug for me, kids believe all cartoons are nothing more but 3D shit and are baffled to see someone doing something 2D and call it a literal “moving picture” and not a “cartoon.”,

  • http://www.spitandspite.com Abel Salazar

    Yeah… i see how there’s not really too much here (who i fault the interviewer with, not interviewee) but i do appreciate Amid pointing us to the clip. It’s nice to see that there’s not only ass-lickers (licking is waaaaay sexier than kissing) and fan boy opinions out there.

    Stirring the shit is nice every once in awhile, if you don’t like it, no one said you had to use your spoon right? I hope the Brew keeps posting “different” views.

    About the EE&E thing, the squiggly lines get to be much at times for my personal taste but it’s nice to see a different look to animation so you can’t fault the guy for having a unique vision. By the way, did he go that route as a push of natural “live lines” used in 2D holds or was this just part of maintaining/expressing the energy of the show or both? Or was this them just saying, let’s do something “different”, anyone know the decision behind going this route with the rendering?

  • http://dtoons-pro.com Alex Dudley

    Wow.
    Why was he working on a kids show to begin with?

    I like Ed, Edd n Eddy because of the fun animation and the wacky cartoon violence. But if he wants to go back to indie animation where his stuff will only get shown in small film festivals and won’t help make the industry any less “sterile”, than good for him.

  • Mr. Woah

    The interview was kind of… empty (more so the fault of the interviewer himself) and Antonucci did come off as an ass a couple times, but still an entertaining watch. I’ve yet to watch Lupo, but Ed, Edd n Eddy is one of the few quality series Cartoon Network still runs.

    As for the Flash thing… the problem isn’t that it exists, it’s how it’s USED. There are plenty of talented internet animators who can make Flash look GREAT, but you’re not going to find them on television. Pretty much everything Flash-animated TV series has stiff-looking characters that just bounce around in a lackluster pose. It’s actually quite impressive; individual people are able to make higher-quality stuff than an entire studio.
    Don’t get me wrong, as there’s a MULTITUDE of terrible Flash animators on the internet as well, but for every Dave Kelly/Bernard Derriman/etc. on the web, there’s probably going to be a Renegade on TV.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com/ Emmett Goodman

    I love this interview! I think Danny Antonucci is a fascinating animator with some great work under his belt. And it’s nice to hear his opinion of the current state of the animation industry, especially considering how successful his own show is. I have to say that I totally agree with most of the stuff he says here (I can’t say I agree with what he says about John Lasseter and Pixar).

    I hope to gets some indie stuff going. His got his own thing going, and I think that would work well in places like Annecy and the ANIMATION SHOW.

  • LNG

    Danny also created “The Brothers Grunt” which aired in 1994. Wonder how many times he used the word “Fuck” when pitching “Ed, Edd n’ Eddy?”

  • Chuck

    “Wonder how many times he used the word “F—â€? when pitching “Ed, Edd n’ Eddy?â€?

    An interesting point, LNG. I too would like to see a film of that meeting. (I’m glad Amid posted this.)

    My guess, is that he was a bit more professional than he appears here, but the legendary friction between John K. and Nickelodeon makes me wonder: Who’s to blame if there’s a lack of trust between corporate suits and artists? The fact that so many brew readers find him “uber-cool” is eye-opening. Antonucci comes off as a TV producer’s worst nightmare —arrogant and self-absorbed with nothing much to say beyond the f-word. I wouldn’t give him free reign on a family show based on that spiel.

    I’ll probably get kicked off this forum for saying this, but maybe it’s a good thing there’s a buffer between creatives like this and the youth of America.

  • Mr. Semaj

    I wonder why Ed, Edd, n Eddy can’t be as funny as Danny Antonucci is.

  • Soos

    I wanna agree with Ian J. I think a lot of the people who hate on the Eds are just turned off by the original look of the series. Anyone who really gives the show a chance and doesn’t end up realizing it’s the best fucking cartoon on television is an idiot (although the newer episodes are lacking in the originality of the first few seasons.)

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    I find EEnE to be much better than some of the other stuff that Cartoon Network gives us. Maybe it’s because Turner doesn’t have total control over the thing – after all, the series is totally done by a studio in Vancouver.

    This video actually make me like Danny Antonucci even more, he doesn’t care about his critics.

  • http://dearartblob.blogspot.com/ Ethan

    Real men curse and Danny Antonucci is a real man.

  • Cabbage Man

    How long before this rock star falls out of a palm tree like Keith Richards??