Why Ren And Stimpy Was So Brilliant And Disgusting

Why Ren And Stimpy Was So Brilliant and Disgusting

Video: Ren And Stimpy was a one-of-a-kind cartoon whose grotesque insanity made it a hit with kids and a source of outrage for parents. But as the Nerdwriter points out, that insanity was both incredibly calculated and a milestone in a legacy of edgy animation. John Kricfalusi, the show's creator, originally apprenticed under Ralph Bakshi who is perhaps best known for Fritz The Cat, the first animated film to receive an X rating. That fearlessness of subject matter was, by Nerdwriter's estimation, combined with the late Looney Tunes animator Bob Clampett's frenetic pace and the Ren And Stimpy style was born. Not only did the show eschew the superficial moralism of many '90s cartoons, but it also became known for its obsessive focus on bodily fluids at a time when AIDS panic was reaching a boiling point in the West.

We'll never know why Nickelodeon gambled on Ren And Stimpy, but its influence is felt in many modern shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and SpongeBob SquarePants.


    aw man, i LOVED Ren and Stimpy.
    no way ther would be able to air it now for the intended audience.
    they would have so many offended people up in arms it wouldn't be funny.

      no way ther would be able to air it now for the intended audience.

      True that. One can't even get the series intact on DVD as even the so called 'Uncut' boxsets have edits.

    Stimpy: I like Darren! He is my friend. I like you, AND him!! And he likes me! AND I LIKE HIM!!!
    Heee likes youuuu!!! AAAyyyaughhh!!!

    Ren: Hey man.. I..


    (from the episode in the gif where he bites Lump's 'weak spot' )

    Also, Ren and Stimpy has probably some of the best sound direction for any cartoon.

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