Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"
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|Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"|
|Created by||John Kricfalusi|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (3 unaired/5 cancelled/Episode 00) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–30 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original network||Spike TV|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||June 26– July 24, 2003|
|Preceded by||The Ren & Stimpy Show|
Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" (a.k.a. "Ren & Stimpy's All New Adult Party Cartoon") was an adult animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi for the cable network Spike (previously known as TNN). The series was an adults-only-revival, spin-off to 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 July 24, 2003, when Spike's entire animation block was discontinued. The last 3 episodes never aired on Spike and originally intended to end on August 14, 2003, but the 3 episodes are available on Ren & Stimpy "The Lost Episodes" DVD and 5 episodes were ultimately cancelled. The series is rated TV-MA for explicit sexual dialogue and sexual references and innuendos. The series was produced by Spümcø and Spike Animation Studios.
The original Ren & Stimpy Show aired from 1991 to 1996 on the children's network Nickelodeon. The show's creator, John Kricfalusi, had many altercations with the network, eventually culminating in his termination. Nickelodeon took it upon its newly formed animation studio to continue the series for the rest of its run. About a decade after Kricfalusi's termination, in 2002, Viacom contracted him to produce a new version of his series for an updated version of the TNN network devoted 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. Some 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.
Some of the original voice cast members returned, with the notable exception of Billy West, original voice of Stimpy and voice of Ren during the final three seasons of the original series, who said the new series wasn't funny and that participating in it would damage his career. Eric Bauza was hired to replace West as Stimpy, while Kricfalusi reprised the role of Ren. 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.
The new series began airing in June 2003 as part of an animation block also featuring This Just In!, 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 after three episodes when Spike's animation block was "put on hold".
Kricfalusi shut down his studio in Canada shortly thereafter following a lawsuit filed by Carbunkle against Spümcø in the Canadian court system. 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.
|No.||Title||Directed By||Story by||Original air date||Production code|
|0||"Man's Best Friend"
"Big House Blues"
|John Kricfalusi||Vincent Waller & John Kricfalusi
John Kricfalusi, Bob Camp, & Jim Smith
|June 23, 2003||APC09|
|Notes: See List of The Ren and Stimpy Show episodes|
|1||"Onward and Upward"||John Kricfalusi||Vincent Waller||June 26, 2003||APC08|
|Tired of living inside a homeless man's mouth, Ren and Stimpy move to classy new digs: the inside of a spittoon after Stimpy pools his secret stash of money into it.|
|2||"Ren Seeks Help"||John Kricfalusi||John Kricfalusi & Richard D. Pursel||July 3, 2003||APC07|
|In a film noir themed episode, after Ren did something so horrible to Stimpy, it left Stimpy in hysterical grief and Ren in guilt, which he realizes how cruel he can be to his beloved pal and was tried to help something out for him, but Stimpy refused to get help and wanted Ren to help himself, seriously. After a depressing walk from places to places, he walks to the "help" apartment and 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.|
|3||"Fire Dogs 2"||John Kricfalusi||John Kricfalusi, Richard D. Pursel, Eddie Fitzgerald, Vincent Waller, & Jim Smith||Part 1:
July 17, 2003
July 24, 2003
|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, and to also go out on a bachelor's life to eat pizza; however, Ren and Stimpy are disgusted by his habits.|
|4||"Naked Beach Frenzy"||John Kricfalusi||John Kricfalusi, Mike Kim, Jeff Amey, & Caroline J. Alvarez||Unaired||APC01|
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.Notes: This episode was never aired during the show's run on Spike, but was released on the Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes DVD set. It was originally planned to air on July 31, 2003.
|5||"Altruists"||John Kricfalusi||Vincent Waller, John Kricfalusi, Mike Kerr, Eric Bauza, Jeff Amey, & Richard Pursel||Unaired||APC03|
In a somewhat The Three Stooges tribute, 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.Notes: This episode was never aired during the show's run on Spike, but was released on the Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes DVD set. It was originally planned to air on August 7, 2003.
|6||"Stimpy's Pregnant"||John Kricfalusi||John Kricfalusi, Jeff Amey, Richard Pursel, Matt Roach, Steve Stefanelli, & Warren Leonheardt||Unaired||APC02|
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 labour, 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, and was named "Ricky".Notes: This episode was never aired during the show's run on Spike, but was released on the Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes DVD set. It was originally planned to air on August 14, 2003.
Because of the criticism the series had, only 6 episodes were fully produced, but these episodes were never produced. Like "Ren Seeks Help", certain episodes were based off scripts written for the Spümcø era of the original series.
- Life Sucks (despite never being completed, the first third of the episode's storyboard and some voice work was completed) - Ren explains to Stimpy that life sucks, much to his horror. After that, they have an extensive look at life's past sufferings like the Children's Crusade. According to Kricfalusi, this was meant to be a prequel episode to "Ren Seeks Help". This is suggesting that this episode was the cause of Ren and Stimpy's argument, as it is never stated in "Ren Seeks Help" what Ren had done.
- The Big Switch - Stimpy can't tolerate Ren's abuse any longer and the two argue over which is better: to be an idiot or a "psychotic asshole". They finally settle the argument by making a bet that they can switch roles for a day. The episode's basic premise was loosely made in the Games Animation era (Season 5's "Who's Stupid Now?").
- Fishing Trip - Ren & Stimpy go on a fishing trip in search of the elusive foul-mouthed bass. The episode's basic premise is loosely related to the season 3 episode "Bass Masters" and the unproduced Spümcø episode "The Wilderness Adventure."
- The Wilderness Adventure - George Liquor takes Ren & Stimpy hunting in the deep woods. The episode was originally written for Nickelodeon, but was rejected several times. Michael Pataki was to reprise his role as George Liquor.
- My Little Ass - Fake commercial. The script was written during when John Kricfalusi was working on the new episodes for Spike TV, but it was never made. (Source: John K. Interview - 08/19/03, WGN Radio)
Broadcast and DVD release
"Man's Best Friend" was originally set to air in the original series' second season, but the episode was rejected by Nickelodeon. The episode did not air on television 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 US. "Naked Beach Frenzy", "Altruists", and "Stimpy's Pregnant" did not originally air on Spike TV, though they did air on other networks overseas, including Fox in Italy and MTV in Poland. They were also released on the Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes DVD set.
Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon received negative reception from critics and fans alike. DVD Talk wrote that "the animation and character designs show that John K. and company really have a passion for animation, but the weak stories epitomize empty, heavy-handed shock value. [...] All in all, only a few of these six uneven adventures show sparks of promise, while others fall victim to the same problems that arose when Games Animation took over: the balance between sick humor and controlled chaos just wasn't treated with respect. [...] Even with a few bright spots," the website called it "a mostly dismal affair that will sharply divide fans of the series. It's nice to know that creators can occasionally give their twisted imaginations free reign [sic], but these six misadventures offer sufficient proof that a little restraint can go a long way." PopMatters was more favorable, writing: "With snot as side dishes and vomit as gravy, the foulness is overwhelming, yet also clever. Kricfalusi's satire may be obvious, but he's not just making puke jokes for nausea's sake."
Adult Party Cartoon's negative reception severely damaged Ren and Stimpy's reputation, and is considered the primary reason why Ren and Stimpy did not get a reboot from Nickelodeon. 
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