Moving Targets is an eddisode released on July 2, 2008. It involves the gang joining the army in hopes of getting a vacation.
The gang is stuck at home watching TV and trying to plan a vacation with little money. As they do so, they watch a British Army commercial, which lists the benefits of enlisting but also contains the message of likely falsehood, and decide to enlist. After signing a contract, everyone is in the army.
Edd quickly regrets his decision to join as Sergeant "Hillary" Hillerson drills them. The group goes through several training courses including target practice, chopper piloting, terrain climbing and crossing, and rifle assembly. They also go through changes such as Tom getting "Steve" (his hair) shaved off. The four go running over tyres, crawling under barbed wire, hoisting themselves on a zipline over more barbed wire, assembling AK-47 assault rifles, and shooting at targets while a remix of "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" plays in the background. At their passing-out/graduation, Sergeant Hillerson states his proudness of them and in his vision, sees them as Ramboesque killing machines, when in reality, they're still the same old selves they had been the whole time.
They are then seen being flown into enemy territory in a Chinook Helicopter. Tom and Matt lament on how they're being sent to war so soon and how their training took only 1 minute, 34 seconds, which was how long the training scene was, minus Hilary's exaggeration. But as Edd tries to cheer everyone up with a motivational speech, he accidentally hits the cargo door button and the gang goes flying out. Everyone pulls their parachutes except Tord, who uses a jetpack and burns everyone in his way. They eventually land in the enemy base. They look for means of escape and find a tank. Everyone goes in and gets stuck inside the tank. Matt sits at the controls and sends the tank on a rampage.
They drive out of the base and meet up with Sgt. Hillerson. When Edd asks where all the bad guys are, he realises the enemies and their base have already been destroyed. Hilary is quite surprised and most likely sends them all home right after.
- Edd Gould as Edd
- Tom Ridgewell as Tom
- Matt Hargreaves as Matt
- Tord Larsson as Tord
- Joshua Tomar as Sgt. Hillerson
- Paul ter Voorde as Himself
- Yuu Tan as Guard #2
You can view the episode's transcript here.
- Main article: Gallery:Moving Targets
- This was one of the last animations Tord Larsson provided voiceovers for, with the second being WTFuture.
- Sgt. Hillerson's introduction is similar to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman's introduction in Full Metal Jacket.
- One of his lines, "From now on, you will only speak when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your ugly, filthy crusted pie-holes will be SIR! Do you worthless maggots understand?!", is also similar to Hartman's line "From now on, you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be SIR! Do you maggots understand that?!" from Full Metal Jacket.
- When Tom, Edd and Matt are burned by Tord's jet-pack, Tom suddenly has eyes.
- Tord's army helmet is a spiked WW1-era German helmet, or 'Pickelhaube'.
- The helicopter training sign has the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger line on it: "Get to the choppa!"
- After it says it's "free" on the army commercial a text can be seen under it saying: 'As long as you're willing to sell your life for two years "free"'
- Edd asks Sgt. Hillerson if he can call him "Hilary"; he did the same to Lucifer to ask if he can call him "Lucy" in Hello Hellhole.
- Similarly in Mirror Mirror, Edd's female counterpart, Ell, asks Dazeem if she can call him "Daisy".
- Paul can be seen in many other shorts and films wearing his Army Officer uniform from this episode.
- On the wood and barrel seesaw scene, the board isn't strong enough to throw Tord, even though Tom, Edd, and Matt combined are much heavier.
- Under the Rifle Assembly sign, it reads "Not trifle assembly, that's just silly!"
- Strangely, Paul is depicted as an enemy, but in Movie Makers he is seen working for the British Army at a local base. He was soldier guarding the base's checkpoint. This is either a goof or that the gang was in a training exercise, and not a real war.
- In MovieMakers, the sign does, however, read "TOP SECRET MILITARY BASE - Well, it used to be."
- The primary weapon in the army in this episode is the AK-47 assault rifle, which is unusual as, being a weapon of Russian origin, the British Army does not use it as a primary firearm.
- During the "tough guy" picture sequence (drawn by Paul), the following differences can be found: Edd has a pinkie extended, a white bandana wrapped around the cartridge of his rifle, a Coca-Cola tattoo on his right bicep, has no sleeves on his coat, a goatee, and the words "Smeghead" scrawled on his helmet. Matt doesn't have his army coat buttoned, has war paint, has a five o'clock shadow, and a peace sign sewn onto his coat. Tord is smiling, has a darker shade of green on his coat, and has a pack of cigarettes in the pocket of his coat. Finally, Tom has a playing card (an Ace of Spades to be exact) in his helmet and is smoking one of Tord's cigarettes.
- On the contract Edd had to sign, it talks about how flames are hard to wash out of clothes and how animals will take over the world as earth falls toward the sun for a fiery death.
- The brochure that Tom's reading says "Holidays & Stuff like that".
- When the advertisement on the TV comes on, the television brand is "Phony", a parody of Sony.
- On the helicopter, it reads "Hella Copper" in the same font as "Coca-Cola".
- A Wilhelm Scream can be heard while the gang is rampaging through the enemy base
- The helicopter the gang toys around with at the base is the iconic Huey, and the dual rotor helicopter they deploy in is a Chinook. Both are American choppers.
- The CDT-01 made three more appearances after this Eddisode: MovieMakers, The Snogre, and The End.
- When Edd was flying the helicopter, he hums "Ride of the Valkyries", composed by Richard Wagner.
- When the gang slides down, the last one being Matt, he has the look on his face when he became a ghost in Halloween Special 2007.
- In the scenes where the quartet are in the rifle assembly and in the target place, Matt has a Rubik's Cube. This is either a pun to his YouTube and Newgrounds account, wallycube, or to keep the "Matt sucks" gag going.
- The tough guy sequence was drawn by Paul Ter Voorde.
- Once the destroyed target hits the ground, the same iconic sound that the crowbar makes when striking a wall in Half-Life is heard.
- Tord's only line in this eddisode is "Whew!", and later a reused scream.
- Tord is the only character who appears quite happy throughout the episode, most likely due to his love of guns and the heat of battle.
- Edd had the most speaking roles in this Eddisode in comparison to any others.
- In a 2008 blog on eddsworld.co.uk, before the Eddisode's release, Edd made a blog post 5 minutes before its upload informing the viewers to "get their fill of Tord" while they can.