Looking back at the history of cartoons that Nickelodeon has brought to television over the years, by far the strangest and most perplexing is Ren and Stimpy. The animated series created by John Kricfalusi was part of Nickelodeon’s line-up when the network for kids was just taking off in the early 1990s, but if the show would have been put on Nickelodeon today, there’s no way it would have survived parental backlash and criticism. So how did it come to be all those years ago?
A new feature-length documentary is in the works called Happy Happy, Joy Joy – The Ren & Stimpy Story, which chronicles the rise and fall of the animated series and takes a look at hows its influence still resonates through the world of animation today. The documentary is now in post-production, but it needs your help to get finished. Get a sneak peek at the Ren and Stimpy documentary below. Read More »
Back in the fall of 2015, news surfaced that Paramount Pictures was working on a live-action animated hybrid movie that would bring back some of the staple Nicktoons from the ’90s era of Nickelodeon. Since then, Napoleon Dynamite director Jerusha Hess was brought on as director, but it’s been over a year and we haven’t heard any significant updates on the project. However, we did just find out that one Nicktoon thought to be included won’t show up in any new line-up of the cartoons.
According to Ren and Stimpy co-creator Bob Camp, his angry chihuahua and charmingly dimwitted red cat probably won’t be involved in the developing Nicktoons movie or considered as a possible reboot, as it seems there’s some bad blood between the cartoon’s creators and Nickelodeon.
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One of the staples of The Simpsons has always been the couch gag that happens at the end of the opening title sequence to the long-running animated show. In more recent years, the gags have gotten even more complex, with producers bringing in other trademark animators or paying tribute to other cartoons to liven things up a bit.
Recent couch gags have included the likes of Rick and Morty as well as the familiar gang from Futurama when the sci-fi series crossed over with its predecessor. And now Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi has put together a pretty trippy sequence that has some flares of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but if they were in an acid nightmare. Read More »
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