Ren and Stimpy

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The Ren And Stimpy Show is a famous piece of anarchist propaganda created in 1990 by German cartoonist Leni Gufeschtahl (pronounced "goof-in-stall"). Leni was the founder of an animation studio known as Spamco, which enslaved employed a Canadian artist by the name of John Kric-phallus-i, who was assigned "scapegoat status" upon his arrival, and thus took credit for Ren and Stimpy's numerous light hearted adventures in filthy, godless homoeroticism for many years after the shows cancellation.

History[edit]

Gufenschtahl was a great fan of Bob Clampett's hate-filled anti-ethnic screeds from the WWII era and sought to duplicate their manic, fast-paced intensity and powerhouse animation, but felt morally obliged not to preserve Clampett's obvious disdain for the sight of dirty Japs walking upright instead of lying bleeding slowly to death on the pavement. So in the summer of 1990, she packed her bags and headed for North Ireland, where she delivered her pitch for a series to the local cable network Mickelodeon, a network already renowned for it's gross humour and alleged participation in all those bloody riots. Mickelodeon bought the show, but they expressed reservation at Spamco's conservative attitudes. ("Not violent enough" and "More broken glass" were oft-heard complaints from their executives.)

Production of the first season was "Hellish", according to Kricfalusi. "Leni forced us to do things that no modern animator in their right mind would ever do, like look at an art theory book, or draw on old comics and cartoons for inspiration. None of us could stomach it for very long. I kept trying to tell her, "Why the hell should we put all this effort into a cartoon? Isn't that a redundant aesthetic exercise in a disaffected, postmodern society? Wouldn't we get better ratings if we just threw some formless crap on the screen along with a bunch of tight, snappy one-liners, like The Simpsons does?" She wouldn't listen. She wanted fully-painted backgrounds and believable characters and fun. It was torture."

Kricfalusi later added that the actual torture "was also torture".

This situation was not helped by the fact that Mick (as it was sometimes shortened to - and yes, you can further shorten something that's already Irish) and Spamco were already at loggerheads over the direction of the show by the time the first three episodes were finished. Mick wanted the anarchist element to be brought more to the surface at the expense of "all those stupid bits where you waste a whole three minutes holding on the beats between lines so you can put in those weird faces that don't tell us anything important". Gufenschtahl was, by all accounts, completely taken aback by this suggestion, stating years later in an interview with the online magazine IDon'tHaveALifeSoIWatchCartoons.net that Mick "totally missed the point. They didn't even know what anarchy was. I mean sure, they were plenty good at beating up people they didn't like, but for Chrissake, man, they missed all the references! Powdered Toastman burning the constitution of the United States, Ren blowing up south America, the Authority Eraser Button, and all that fucking gay sex that's obviously going on the whole time! No religious or political authority would ever come up with that. You know why? Because they can't draw for fucking shit!"

By the fall of 1992, Mick had gotten fed up with Spamco's disobedience, especially their insistence on submitting scripts instead of incoherent doodles on napkins, which Mick felt "made for better cartoons". The final straw came when an episode featuring the ultra-Liberal George Liquor ended with Ren refusing to beat Liquor senseless to prove his loyalty, instead encouraging George, Stimpy and the audience to rebel against their violent, repressive, backward society by spreading free love and ignoring decency laws, after which all three characters dance around waving their dicks from side to side chanting "Make love, not war" to the tune of Raymond Scott's "In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room". Mick promptly fired Spamco and crudely reanimated the episode as an ultra-violent spectacle, taking great pains to make George look more Catholic before he gets the shit beaten out of him. After this incident the show may or may not have been cancelled, but no one really knows or cares what actually happened.

Characters[edit]

Not the Fab Four they appear to be.

The Ren and Stimpy Show revolves around ren, a diseased chihuahua who is fond of leather and whips (dominant), as well as primal scream therapy and patronizing Mexican accents. His submissive partner, stimpy, is a fat transsexual whore who believes he/she is a cat, due to an unfortunate psychotic episode that took place during the electroshock therapy sessions with which Stimpy's parents attempted to correct what they saw as "abnormal erotic tendencies". (In one episode, Stimpy alludes to having written a song about that experience, but says he has never performed it, explaining that Lou Reed beat him up in a bar over the publishing rights and now owns it. Stimpy also suffered from a body-size red birthmark except for his belly, which was covered in cancer. It is believed Stimpy was addicted to powder, specifically from the powdered toastman. He was oft seen snorting cinnamon sugar when Ren wasn't looking. Some have theorized that the entire show takes place within Stimpy's mind, due to a psychotic break involving egg sucking.

Additional boring characters include Muddy Mudskipper, George Liquor, The Big Voice Announcer, That Fucking Retarded-Looking Dude With The Chicken Leg On His Head and a whole whack of shitty-looking animals that were traced (badly) from Milt Gross comics at the eleventh hour of production.

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