Episode 43- The Ren and Stimpy Show
Ren and Stimpy is easily our most controversial show we’ve covered so far, and also one of the most popular by request. Most of us remember Ren and Stimpy as something our parents wouldn’t let us watch, and as something the media vilified. We know both of our parents would always turn it off if they founds us watching it. But is it really as controversial as we remember it or was it simply a different time? Maybe. Maybe not. There is quite a bit of interesting info out there about this show: from John K. being kicked off his own show, multiple banned episodes, to a failed 2003 remake there’s plenty for us to cover here. The question for us always comes down to “does it still hold up” is it actually a good show? And what about our young viewers, is it really something to keep them from experiencing? Listen along and find out!
According to Wikipedia, is The series centers on Ren Höek (voiced by John Kricfalusi in seasons 1–2; Billy West in seasons 3–5), a short-tempered, “asthma–hound” Chihuahua, and Stimpson J. “Stimpy” Cat (also voiced by Billy West), a 3-year-old dimwitted and happy-go-lucky cat. The duo fill various roles from episode to episode, including outer-space explorers, Old West horse thieves, and nature-show hosts, and are usually at odds with each other in these situations. While the show was sometimes set in the present day, the show’s crew tended to avoid “contemporary” jokes about current events. The show extensively features off-color humor, absurdist humour, and slapstick.