Ed Wuncler, Sr

Ed Wuncler, Sr. (voiced by Ed Asner): an overweight, rich realtor whose family founded the town of Woodcrest and have lived in the area forever a century. He acts as the hyperbolic archetypal capitalist in the show, seen praising the freedom to exploit cheap labor and complaining about high taxes in “The Block is Hot”. The wealthy Wuncler owns the mortgage loan on Granddad’s house (as he does with every house in Woodcrest) and somehow Woodcrest’s police force, and is embarrassed byhis inept grandson, Ed Wuncler III. Wuncler also owns the fictional fast food restaurant franchise, “McWuncler’s”, and the character bearsa resemblance to his voice actor. Wuncler sometimes does things considered racist, such as referring to Grandad as “Robert Free man”,and employing only illegal Mexicans at his restaurants; ultimately, though, his racism is portrayed as simply being a byproduct of his insatiable greed rather than an active hatred of those from different races. Ed seems to have taken a general liking to Robert, referring to him as “Old school,” and even funding his Soul food Restaurant venture in the episode “The Itis”, though this may have merely been a plot tolower property values in the area so that he could purchase the nearby park and “develop” it. He also has a sweatshop which is run by12-year-old Indonesian girls as Huey reveals and Ed confirms in “The Block is Hot”, demonstrating his ruthless manner. His last name originates from Dr. Seuss’s book The Lorax where the antagonist is a faceless business owner called the Once-ler. The Lorax portrays the Once-ler as a satirical character embodying intense greed. Ed Wuncler(last name pronounced the same way as “Once-ler”) even bears a physical resemblance to the character.

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