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Danny Antonucci
Danny Antonucci during The Best Day Edder
Born: (1957-02-27) February 27, 1957 (age 57)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aliases/Nicknames: Lupo D. Butcher
Antonucci
Mr. Cartoon Director (referred to in "Take This Ed and Shove It")
Credits: Creator
Director
Writer
Portrays: Mr. Sun ("The Eds are Coming")
Years: 1971-present

Daniel Edward "Danny" Antonucci (born February 27, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian animator, best known for his 1999 animated series Ed, Edd n Eddy, which airs on Cartoon Network.

Early life and career

Antonucci's parents were first-generation Italian immigrants to Canada. His experiences as the child of immigrant parents deeply influenced his later work.

Antonucci was fascinated by cartoons (and other animated things) as a child and spent long hours drawing and trying to figure out how the pictures "moved". He performed puppet shows for money, and made his first cartoon at the young age of 14.

Antonucci attended the Sheridan College of Visual Arts but quit to take a job as an animator at Canimage Production, a division of Hanna-Barbera. He worked on numerous shows, including "The Smurfs," "The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show," and "The Flintstones Comedy Hour." It was on the latter show that he worked with animation legend Tex Avery.

Intending to move to Los Angeles in 1982 to find more work, Antonucci landed in Vancouver, British Columbia. He landed a job at International Rocketship Ltd., animating short films and television commercials. His first effort was on the short film, Sandboxland. He is currently married and has two children, Tex and Marlowe.
Danny Antonucci cartoon

Danny Antonucci's self-caricature.

International Rocketship and MTV work

Antonucci's first solo work was Lupo the Butcher, produced by International Rocketship, about a knife-wielding maniac. Antonucci says the short arose out of his own frustration at having to work in children's film for so long, and to try his hand at creating a fully-fledged character on film. The short animated film screened at several film festivals in Europe, including the Berlin Film Festival, before gaining attention in the United States at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. During his time with the Lupo cartoon, he also did the snoring noises to another International Rocketship released cartoon entitled "Dog Brain" which was written by fellow cartoonist J. Falconer.

A claim to fame, Lupo the Butcher was often played on the big screen at sets where Californian rock band Guns N' Roses played their "Use Your Illusion" Tour (1991–92). The "Lupo" character was eventually licensed by the Converse athletic shoe company. This led to additional work, including animated commercials for Levi Strauss & Co. and MTV. In 1993, still working for International Rocketship, Antonucci did a series of short commercials for MTV which depicted several brothers on a couch grunting. MTV commissioned a series, and The Brothers Grunt began airing in August 1994.

Lupo makes a reference at the credits of Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "The Eds are Coming," casted as "Lupo D. Butcher" beside Mr. Sun, most likely due to the fact Mr. Sun was actually voiced by Danny himself.

On April 1, 1994, Antonucci started the animation company A.K.A. Cartoon, which produced "The Brothers Grunt" series. Altogether, 45 seven-minute episodes aired before the series went off the air in 1995.

Antonucci returned to doing commercials. Antonucci worked for MTV on its short-lived Cartoon Sushi show in 1997, directing, writing and providing voices. He was also responsible for the title sequence of the same show.

Ed, Edd n Eddy

But feeling pigeon-holed as an angst-ridden, "edgy" artist, Antonucci decided to produce an animated children's television show again. He resolved, however, to ensure that the series was produced in a way similar to the classic cartoons of the 1940s. Antonucci spent months designing the show's look in a style reminiscent of the old United Productions of America (UPA) cartoons.

Seeking as wide an audience as possible, Antonucci shopped the show to Nickelodeon, which demanded creative control. Antonucci refused to give it, so he took the show to Cartoon Network, which quickly picked it up.

The show, Ed, Edd n Eddy, premiered on Cartoon Network on January 4, 1999. The premise is that three pre-adolescent boys — named Ed, Edd, and Eddy (collectively known as "the Eds") — hang around in their suburban neighborhood of Peach Creek Estates. Led by the avaricious Eddy, the other Eds get caught up in various schemes to make money off their peers, so they can get jawbreakers. But Eddy's plans usually fail, leaving the boys in various predicaments. The characters almost never leave the neighborhood, and adults are nowhere to be seen. Occasionally, humorous satirical references are made to Canada in the show. (In one episode, the Eds stumble upon a box of turkey basters at the local dump, and Eddy pawns them off to the neighborhood kids as "Canadian squirt guns").

According to Antonucci, plots for Ed, Edd n Eddy are taken from his own memories of suburban life and what it was like to while away idle summer vacations. One example is in "Pop Goes the Ed," on which the swimsuits snapping from the Eds was based on what really happened to Danny. He also based several stories on escapades his own two children have had.

Antonucci is a strong advocate of hand-drawn animation. The wobbling animation in Ed, Edd n Eddy is a homage to the hand-drawn cartoons with a style that harkens back to cartoons of the 1930s-1950s; the show also utilizes non-repeating solid blocks of color and simple line, and little detail in the artwork is evinced, unless it is something which has the attention of the characters. In interviews, Antonucci says this is because children rarely pay attention to detail.

Ed, Edd n Eddy was Cartoon Network's sixth Cartoon Cartoon. It first aired in 1999 and has since attracted millions of fans worldwide. Originally, there were to be only four seasons; Cartoon Network, however, ordered two more seasons of Ed, Edd n Eddy, bringing the series length to six seasons. There are also three holiday specials for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and a special non-canon episode for the US event, Cartoon Network Invaded. As of 2014, the show is the longest running original cartoon on Cartoon Network, and also one of the most popular.

Filmography (Chronologically)

Film Year(s) Role(s)
The Adventures of Barfman 1971 Director, Writer, Composer
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 1979–1981 Animator
Richie Rich 1980 Animator
Heavy Metal 1981 Animator
The Smurfs 1981 Animator
The Flintstone Comedy Show 1980-1982 Animator
International Rocketship Ltd 1984–1994 Animator of Short Films
Hooray for Sandbox Land 1984 Lead Animator
Anijam 1984 Short, Production Artist
The Velveteen Rabbit 1985 Animator
Rumpelstiltskin 1985 Animator
Tales of the Mouse Hockey League 1987 Short, Character Designer, Key Animator
The Chipmunk Adventure 1987 Assistant Animator
Lupo The Butcher 1987 Design, Animation, Direction
MTV ID's 1989–1993 Lead Animator, Director
Getting There 1991 Animator
Rocko's Modern Life 1993 Storyboard
Dirty Deposits 1993 Animator
The Brothers Grunt 1994–1995 Creator, Writer
Lupo's Nightmare 1995 Director, Writer, Composer
Cartoon Sushi 1997 Animator
Ed, Edd n Eddy 1999–2009 Creator, Writer, Director
Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show 2009 Creator, Writer, Director
Upcoming series TBA Creator

Trivia

  • In the Best Day Edder Marathon, Antonucci revealed his e-mail address is yak(@)akacartoon.com.
  • According to the book "Outlaw Animation," Danny had plans for an animated horror film that he has been writing for the past 7 years.
  • Danny is friends with Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.
  • There are many references to Danny's name, and various nicknames of his, on the show.
  • Danny Antonucci voices Mr. Sun in "The Eds are Coming," where he is credited as 'Lupo D. Butcher.'
  • In a recent interview with animator Joe Murray, Danny Antonucci announced he is creating a new series on WildBrain

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