I've been looking around on RetroJunk for an awfully long time, and seeing that Ren and Stimpy is an open position for writing, I decided to finally make an account and write about it. I've been dying to write here for years, so here's my first shot at it. So, the first thing I want to get straight off the bat is that The Ren And Stimpy Show is probably my most favorite show ever!. Not only did Ren and Stimpy change cartoons for a new generation (meaning us) and how it made an impact on pop culture forever.


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And to think these two guys made cartoon history!


Before I get into all of the good stuff, I'll start with the story behind Ren and Stimpy's origins. Nickelodeon, back in it's golden years, wanted to produce their own set of original cartoons. Which became of course, what we know today as Nicktoons. John Kricfalusi (the innovative creator of Ren and Stimpy) created Ren And Stimpy (Ren, from a postcard of an angry Chihuahua in a sweater, and Stimpy from Bob Clampett's "The Gruesome Twosome" cartoon) back when he was young and working on Saturday Morning Cartoons in the 80s.

Back then, Cartoons were only made by big corporate companies, and cartoonists had to completely animate a cartoon, from a SCRIPT. It was so infuriating, that John K. even said in a commentary that people working for cartoons like The Smurfs, Strawberry Shortcake, The Cosby Kids, and The Jetsons' revival hated working there so much that they actually BURNED the scripts afterwards! Talk about beginner's luck!. But, after several years of hard labor, Mr.Kricfalusi opened up his own studio, Spümcø in the heart of Hollywood. And, in 1988, he made a pitch to Nickelodeon for, The Ren and Stimpy Show.

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It still amazes me that this is the man that saved animators and cartoons alike.


So, the Ren and Stimpy Show had an original, fully animated, cartoonist-made, storyboard developed pilot. Which was titled Big House Blues, and was finished in October of 1990, and the first real episode of Ren and Stimpy (Stimpy's Big Day/The Big Shot) aired August of 1991, along with two other beloved Nicktoons, Doug, and Rugrats. Now we're finally diving into the fun stuff. So, as more and more Nicktoons were made, more and more Ren and Stimpy episodes were made, but, only the first two seasons of Ren and Stimpy were made by Spümcø. Seasons 1&2 were considered to have the perfect mixture of classic slapstick, and genius toilet humor. The rest of the episodes were considered a cheap knockoff, and had forced comedy, and not as funny as Spümcø's original version, as it was made by Games Animation. (Nickelodeon's animation company).

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"No sir. I don't like slave labor"


From the very start of Ren and Stimpy, Nick had been constantly censoring things, and criticizing them, and Spümcø faced roadblock after roadblock constantly every single freaking day. But the amazing thing is that Games Animation ended up having more adult themes and innuendo than the original Spümcø version had. How was the show cancelled? Well, first, Nick kicked off John K. FROM HIS OWN SHOW. That's right! You heard me! They kicked him out. They had even bribed some members of Spümcø to leave Nickelodeon! So, the remaining Spümcø staff were again under the same cartoonist labor they were in the 80s.

Although they had the animation freedom, Nick decided everything that would happen, the Spümcø staff had no more veto power, they weren't working independently anymore! Whatever Nick wanted they had to comply. Because of this very reason, Ren and Stimpy were booted off the air in 1996. A good four year run with 52 episodes. Nick truly isn't a bad company, it was just that back then, they weren't as experienced as they are now. In the end, The Ren and Stimpy Show saw a successful run, and it was the first REAL animated cartoon, and broke free from the "Dark Ages" of Cartoons (as cartoonists refer to it as) So, John K. really made something special here. But, I think I've covered enough ground on The Ren and Stimpy Show's history, now to get to Ren And Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"!.