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Edward Duncan Ernest Gould (28 October 1988 – 25 March 2012) was a British animator, artist and voice actor. He was known for creating Eddsworld, a media franchise consisting of flash animations and webcomics featuring fictionalised versions of himself and longtime collaborators Thomas Ridgewell, Matt Hargreaves and others. After Gould's death in 2012, production of Eddsworld has been continued by his friends, produced by Ridgewell. However since then, Ridgewell has stated "The End" was his last episode. Edd's family are continuing the series with Matt Hargreaves overseeing as showrunner. It is not currently known who is animating.
Edward Duncan Ernest Gould
28 October 1988
|Died||25 March 2012 (aged 23)|
City of London, England, United Kingdom
|Cause of death||Recurring infection caused by Acute lymphoblastic leukemia|
|Resting place||Mortlake Crematorium|
|Occupation||Voice actor, animator|
|Height||190.5 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
Edward Duncan Ernest Gould was born on 28 October 1988 in Isleworth, in Greater London to his mother, Susan "Sue" Gould, sister, Victoria "Vicky" Gould and brother, George Gould. Gould attended the Orleans Park School, (as shown on one of his first cartoons, titled Edd Again) and met Matt Hargreaves on a Sports Day Event. Although at first disliking him, Gould became good friends with Hargreaves upon the departure of his former best friend, David Chapman, and Hargreaves was transferred to Gould's classroom. Gould declared he had a habit of drawing his friends into comics, so he included Hargreaves in what would become Eddsworld. Although first complaining about always getting killed on his early animations, Hargreaves became a prominent part of Eddsworld, but having substantially smaller parts in early animation inspired by the film Wayne's World based on a popular Saturday Night Live skit.
Gould met Thomas Ridgewell online, shortly after he started making stick animations. Ridgewell was a fan who added him on a messaging service when Gould was making the Bendee series. Ridgewell sent Gould fan art of his work. At about the same way he met Ridgewell, Gould met Tord Larsson online as well, becoming good friends. Ridgewell and Larsson were eventually included in the Eddsworld cast along with Hargreaves, appearing in the 2004 animation Eddsworld Christmas Special 2004. Tord Larsson left Eddsworld in 2008.
In 2002, Gould began animating using a GIF animation program with the purpose of publishing in "sfdt.com". Upon discovering that the mentioned site was no longer accepting GIFs, Gould began watching flash animations. Astonished by the quality improvement, he abandoned the program and moved to Macromedia Flash in November 2002. After 7 months of learning the basics of Flash animation from his mentor Lavalle Lee (a flash animator and web designer), Gould published his first Newgrounds entry on 6 June 2003.
Edd soon began his professional career in animation and studied as an independent animator at the University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, England. Along with Ridgewell, Gould and six other artists founded Cake Bomb, a creative media group to form various artistic works and animations. He later coined a personal catchphrase "It's pretty swell" that became popular with his fan base. He also voiced the "I Like Trains" Kid in the popular 'asdfmovie' videos on YouTube made by Ridgewell and also animated the second asdfmovie to be released on YouTube. Cake Bomb disbanded in 2011, although his series Eddsworld was already independently in production during this time.
Illness and deathEdit
On the afternoon of 16 April 2011, Gould revealed that he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. This was the second time he had been diagnosed with this cancer (as he was previously diagnosed in 2006). He posted a video on YouTube entitled "Edd vs Cancer" which featured him, Ridgewell, and Hargreaves discussing the diagnosis. Despite his health, Gould used his illness as a platform for several sketches on his friends' YouTube accounts, including Hargreaves' YouTube account and Ridgewell's alternative YouTube account.
On the morning of 25 March 2012, Gould died from a recurring infection that was caused by his cancer. Ridgewell and Hargreaves announced Gould's death on Twitter and in a short video, "R.I.P. Edd Gould (1988–2012)", on 27 March 2012. At the closing screen, Ridgewell stated that "Edd may be gone, but his world will keep on spinning". Gould's funeral was held on 10 April 2012 at All Saints Church in Isleworth, and a eulogy was created from various video clips from fans and friends giving condolences to Gould in response to his death, which was shown at the funeral. The last Eddisode Tom wrote that Edd approved on and partially animated before his death was "Space Face Part 1", was released on YouTube on 2 June 2012. Ridgewell was left in charge of the Eddsworld franchise and continued to produce Eddisodes as part of Gould's will. This was done through donations, via which expenses paid for production. Under Ridgewell's direction, excess money and profits went to CLIC Sargent, a program which provided support to child cancer patients.
|2003–2012 (original); 2016 (archival recording)||Eddsworld||Himself
|Internet animation series and YouTube channel|
|2009–2011 (original); 2015–2018 (archival recording)||TomSka/asdfmovie||Himself
|2010–2012||InkyKeyboard/Matt Lobster||Himself||YouTube channel|
|2011||Action Bunnies (RageNineteen)||Various Characters||Internet animation series|
|2012||Skeff (Paul ter Voorde)||Narrator||Internet animation sketch|
- "jantron asked: edd how tall are you? :O". eddsworld.tumblr.com. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- "Stephen Frizzle: A Tribute to Edd Gould (1988–2012)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "Tributes flood in for Eddsworld creator, who died aged 23". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
- "Eddsworld: Legacy Fundraiser = Eddsworld on YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- 13 November 2011, 7:12:43 AM by *eddsworld (13 November 2011). "Origins of Eddsworld - DeviantArt". Eddsworld.deviantart.com. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- ""Edds World Studios" on stick figure death theatre - 4/6/03 to 6/2/03". Sfdt.com. Retrieved 7 September 2012.no[permanent dead link]
- ""Edd" (2003) on Newgrounds". Newgrounds.com. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Tweet". Twitter. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- ""R.I.P. Edd Gould (1988–2012)" - YouTube video". YouTube. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- DarkSquidge (10 April 2012). "Your Eulogy". YouTube. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Strohman, David. "Eddsworld: The End of a Legacy". The Young Folks. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- Video on YouTube