Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" (a.k.a. "Ren & Stimpy's All New Adult Party Cartoon") is an animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi for the cable network Spike. The series was an adults-only-revival and spin-off of the original animated series, The Ren & Stimpy Show, which had previously aired on the American children's cable network Nickelodeon. It aired from June 26, 2003 to August 14, 2003, when Spike's entire animation block was discontinued. The series is rated TV-MA for explicit sexual dialogue and sexual references, hence the name.
The original Ren and Stimpy series was controversial, and Kricfalusi had been known for disputing content with censors. When Nickelodeon fired Kricfalusi in 1992, Nickelodeon's studio Games Animation took over the series, leading many animators to quit the series. The Ren and Stimpy Show was canceled in 1996. In 2002, Viacom hired John Kricfalusi to produce a new version of his series for an updated version of the TNN network devoted specifically to programming for male audiences. Kricfalusi said that TNN wanted an "extreme" version of The Ren & Stimpy Show. TNN gave Kricfalusi greater control of the writing and contents of the episodes than the control given by Nickelodeon. Kricfalusi produced seven new cartoons aimed at adult audiences. A few of the head storyboard artists, screenwriters, and animators returned from the original Ren and Stimpy series, such as Vincent Waller, Eddie Fitzgerald, and Jim Smith, but most of the animation and writing team were a new team of artists, specifically instructed and headed by Kricfalusi himself.
Many of the original voice cast members returned with the exception of Billy West, who said the new series wasn't funny and he believed being in it would hurt his career.Eric Bauza was hired to replace West as Stimpy. West had previously shared the role of Stimpy with Bauza for one episode of the original series, "Man's Best Friend", produced during the Spümcø era on Nickelodeon. Cast members Harris Peet and Cheryl Chase also returned, and Kricfalusi's father Mike Kricfalusi and long-time childhood friend Tom Hay provided some voices.
All of the episodes were animated at Carbunkle Cartoons, in association with Big Star Productions. Kricfalusi had previously relied upon Carbunkle during the Nickelodeon years, and he subcontracted animation of many original series episodes (including "Space Madness", "Black Hole" and "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen") to that studio.
In June 2003, the new series began airing as part of an animation block also featuring Gary the Rat, Stripperella, and digitally remastered episodes of the original Ren and Stimpy series, subtitled "Digitally Remastered Classics". Kricfalusi wrote the first episode, "Onward and Upward", based on requests from fans from the Nickelodeon era. The episode portrayed the characters as bisexual: In one scene, Ren informs Stimpy, "I'm the pitcher, you're the catcher." Advertisers objected to some of the new show's content, particularly that of the risqué episode "Naked Beach Frenzy" which did not air in the show's original run, causing trouble with scheduling. The show stopped airing when Spike's animation block was "put on hold", but it was only officially canceled around November 2004.
Kricfalusi shut down his studio in Canada shortly thereafter following a lawsuit filed by Carbunkle against Spümcø in the Canadian court system.[original research?] In 2005, Kricfalusi announced that all of the Adult Party Cartoon cartoons were coming to DVD, and that the possibility exists for new The Ren & Stimpy Show episodes to be produced if DVD sales are successful.
During a huge (off-screen) argument with his housemate Stimpy, Ren realizes how cruel he can be to his beloved pal. He seeks psychiatric help from Dr. Mr. Horse, to whom he tells his traumatic past, and the roots of his desire to inflict pain upon others.
The fire chief was so impressed with Ren and Stimpy's heroic deeds from the first "Fire Dogs" cartoon that he decides to become Ralph Bakshi and move in with them; however, Ren and Stimpy are disgusted by his habits.
Ren and Stimpy enjoy a day at the beach. Ren shows his respect to the superiority of the female form, forcing Stimpy to find succor in the bosom of a large foreign huckster, due to feeling offended by Ren showing attraction to a nearby female. The girls at the beach, however, seem to prefer Stimpy, causing jealousy to rage within Ren.
Ren Hoek, renowned lover of humanity, and his friend Stimpy decide that they must do everything in their power to help a couple of misfortunates; a woman and her handicapped (headless) son, by building a house for them.
Stimpy becomes 'pregnant' with Ren's baby, causing Ren to at first abuse, and then respect Stimpy as a 'partner'. Ren is at first disgusted with Stimpy's 'pregnancy,' as he is forced to deal with his incessant loving moments with his 'child', such as attempting to explicitly eat for two. When Stimpy goes into 'labor', Ren is forced to start a driveby with other people on the highway. With help from the police, Ren and Stimpy successfully get to the hospital, where their 'child' is delivered by Dr. Horse, only to learn that Stimpy was just constipated, although Mr. Horse does not have the heart to tell the anticipated 'parents' this and so the waste is made to behave like an infant male.
"Man's Best Friend" was originally set to air in the original series' second season, but the episode was rejected by Nickelodeon for excessive violence, reference to tobacco, and several scatological jokes, as well as a scene towards the end where Ren violently assaults George Liquor with a boating oar. The episode did not see airtime until Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon". Spike's official episode lineup on their website seemed to suggest that they consider "Man's Best Friend" a part of the Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" series, but this episode in general is not counted as one of the three episodes from this series that did air in the U.S.
"Naked Beach Frenzy" and the episodes "Altruists" and "Stimpy's Pregnant" were not aired on television in the United States (although "Onward and Upward", "Ren Seeks Help" and "Fire Dogs 2" did air), but are finished episodes released on the Ren and Stimpy: The Lost Episodes (a collection of the episodes of Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon") DVD set. Despite this, the complete series aired on various networks in other countries.
Details of the series on several sites online list various numbers of episodes. Some state that the series has nine episodes, including "Big House Blues" and the two parts of "Fire Dogs 2" and "Altruists". Officially, however, the series is regarded as having seven episodes.
^The cartoon "Man's Best Friend" was produced in 1992 but did not air until June 26, 2003 on TNN. "Big House Blues" was the first series' original pilot. This episode does not appear on the Lost Episodes DVD set, but the separate segments appear instead on The Ren & Stimpy Show: The First and Second Season (Uncut). When this episode aired on Spike TV, it was given a TV-MA rating.
^This episode was written by John K to purposefully be the most disgusting episode of "Ren and Stimpy" ever, due to fan requests. It contains several scenes of men chewing tobacco, sneezing and vomiting, and a scene where Ren and Stimpy consume bodily fluids, such as blood, snot and vomit.
^This is a sequel to the original series' "Fire Dogs" episode, making this a two-part episode. The second part aired on July 24, 2003. The DVD version differs from the broadcast version. In the broadcast version, the first episode features black & white live action segments with Ralph Bakshi in a Honeymooners-style framing device, the original "Fire Dogs" cartoon, and the first several minutes of the new cartoon. The second episode is the remainder of the new cartoon. The Lost Episodes DVD set presents the new cartoon all by itself.
^This episode never aired on Spike TV, due to its risqué content and the fact that it features women with wildly disproportionate breasts.