The Ren & Stimpy Show

Nickelodeon (ended 1995)
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  • The show follows two characters - Ren, a crazy Chihuahua - and - Stimpy, an incredibly stupid cat - as they think up to all kinds of hair brained schemes and get themselves into some sticky situations. Creator John Kricfalusi (John K.) first pictured them as separate characters. Back then, Kricfalusi worked for Filmation and always yearned to bring back the style and energy of the classic Warner Bros. Bob Clampett cartoons of the golden age. So his best entertainment was making his own characters and casting them in his own imaginary stories for the benefit of his equally tired co-workers. In the late 80s, Kricfalusi started to break the barrier for animation with 'remakes' of Mighty Mouse and Beany & Cecil. But this was just the beginning. John K. brought back his doodles of the wily Chihuahua and the idiotic cat to star in their own cartoon. Finally in 1989, he, Jim Smith and Bob Camp came together to create 'Big House Blues' the first cartoon to star his creations, Ren and Stimpy. In 1990, Viacom's kids' network, Nickelodeon got hold of the film and asked Kricfalusi and his crew to make an entire series of Ren and Stimpy shorts and from that moment on, Spümcø was formed. The Ren and Stimpy Show debuted in August 1991 with a two-part episode, 'Stimpy's Big Day / The Big Shot' and became an instant hit. It was the third Nicktoon ever to be aired on the Network alongside Doug and Rugrats. Nick execs quickly sought argument over certain scenes in the shorts and Spümcø fought back. Spümcø introduced a new character come second season, Ren and Stimpy's master, George Liquor. Nick hated George, because they thought he was too mean and his last name sounded too much like 'lick her'. But the real reason why George never made it was because he was simply too 'adult' by Nick's standards. Due to controversial setbacks and numerous edits, Nick finally fired Spümcø and got hold of Ren and Stimpy, therefore taking John K.'s creations away from him. Nick then lured away two of John K.'s best friends and co-workers Bob Camp and Billy West and created Games Animation to 'take care' of Ren and Stimpy. On December 16 1995, Nick aired the last episode produced by Games, 'A Scooter for Yaksmas' and finally cancelled the show after a 5 season run.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 11

    A Scooter for Yaksmas

    Aired 11/14/96

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    The Last Temptation / Reverend Jack Cheese

    Aired 11/7/96

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Terminal Stimpy / Pen Pals

    Aired 10/31/96

  • S 5 : Ep 8

    Big Flakes / Pen Pals

    Aired 11/18/95

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    School Mates / Dinner Party

    Aired 10/17/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Billy West

    Stimpy / Ren (1993-1996)

  • John Kricfalusi


  • Cheryl Chase


  • Harris Peet

    Muddy Mudskipper, Various

  • Jack Carter

    Old Geezer

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  • Quotes (214)

    • Ren: Hey, Jasper. Where's Phil? Jasper: I told you. They put him to sleep. Ren: So wake him up. Jasper: You don't wake up from the big sleep. Ren: (calm) The big sleep... (freaking out) The big sleep! The big sleep! The big sleep! Stimpy: What's the big sleep, Ren? Ren: He's...DEAD! Dead, you idiot! You know what dead is?! Just like we'll be if we don't get out of here! (starts sobbing)

    • Narrator: Well, it looks like old man lady luck's just about run out on these two fellers, but always remember that when the black horrid clouds of dispair darken your doorstep, always look for that one ray of hope, that come a shining down from above. (Ren and Stimpy gaze wonderously into the sky) Chorus: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! (Ren and Stimpy are ran over by a truck)

    • (Ren is asleep atop of Stimpy) Ren: Oh my darling, my little cucaracha. I kiss your sleep encrusted eyes. I caress your large bulbous nose... ooh, let us join lips een one final sweet exchange of saliva. (kisses Stimpy, then wakes up) Ren: AHHHH! I've been poisoned! I must wash myself. (drinks out of toilet) Ren: What's de matter with you man? Have you no sense of hygiene?

    • Announcer: And now, a word from our sponsor. The Muddy Mudskipper Show is brought to you by Gritty Kitty Litter.
      Friends, do you use Gritty Kitty Litter? Then you know about its absorbency, its fragrance. It's like the smell of fresh bison. It sticks to any surface. It's great as a between-meal snack. And how about that wonderful feeling you get when you squish it between your toes? So remember, folks, if it doesn't say Gritty Kitty, it stinks.
      And now, for all you kitties at home, I'd like to announce a contest. We'd like you to write us a poem of 47 million words or less telling us why you love Gritty Kitty Litter. Whoever writes the best poem will win... $47 million... a lifetime supply of goat cheese... a 12-hour record set of the top hits of the 70s... but best of all, a trip to Hollywood and a guest appearance on The Muddy Mudskipper Show!

    • Ren: Look at you! You're a full grown cat and you're still watching cartoons! Why, you're three years old! Do you know what that is in human years?

    • (Log Song) Singers: What rolls down stairs Alone or in pairs Rolls over your neighbor's dog What's great for a snack And sits on your back It's Log Log Log. It's Log, Log It's big, it's heavy, it's wood It's Log, Log It's better than bad, It's good! Everyone wants a Log You're gonna love it, Log Come on and get your Log Everyone needs a Log Everyone wants a Log You're gonna love it, Log... Announcer: Log! From Blammo.

    • Stimpy: Gritty Kitty ain't so pretty but it's really...thick. It fills my cat box o so always does the trick. I like to rub it on my toe and squish, and squish, and squish. It near offends my tender a smelly fish. Its texture is a joy to me it's just as smooth as silk. It makes my little whiskers twitch. It stays crunchy even in milk. I may not be the president, I my not be the pope but as long as I have gritty kitty...I shall never mope!

    • Ren: Forty-seven million.. dollars! I'm the cat! See? I am the cat. See? I told you. I'm the cat!

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    Notes (121)

    • John K. wanted Billy West to work on the show from the very start.

    • This episode has different closing credits than the rest of the series.

    • All of the clips for the theme are from this episode.

    • Both the cut and uncut versions of this episode are included on the Season 1&2 DVD.

    • Also cut on 'Big House Blues' was a short scene where the dogcatcher shakes his butt in front of Ren and Stimpy.

    • The music heard under the Gritty Kitty commercial sequence (at the supermarket with Stimpy and Mr. Horse) is the underscore 'Stop Gap'.

    • Originally, the microphone was planned to go into Stimpy's mouth during the end of part one - 'Stimpy's Big Day'. However, it seemed to remind Nick executives of a certain sexual method, so the scene was animated with the microphone going into his nose. The mic in the mouth was never animated.

    • The version of this episode on Spike TV does not include the Log commercial.

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    Trivia (96)

    • The little girl adopts Ren & Stimpy, but, in later episodes, they don't live with her anymore. They live by themselves.

    • A scene where Ren dreams that he's kissing a beautiful woman, only to find out that it's Stimpy and ends up washing his mouth out in the toilet was edited out, but can be seen in the opening theme of The Ren and Stimpy Show. In Canada during a film festival, the erotic sleepwalking/toilet scene was left in, but when 'Big House Blues' came to TV, that was cut as it was on American TV.

    • Look for dog versions of Fred Flintstone and George Jetson in some of the background art.

    • Sometimes, when Ren talks, you can see that his mouth doesn't move. For example, when Ren and Stimpy are shaking their heads excitingly.

    • On the title screen, Ren and Stimpy are both bright blue.

    • Goof: During the scene where Stimpy is watching television, you'll notice him changing places every so often. First, he's sitting on his litter box, then on the floor. Seconds later, he's sitting on his litter box again.

    • Over the first shot of Hollywood, the head that rises up and down from out of nowhere is a caricature of John Kricfalusi's favorite actor, Kirk Douglas.

    • In Stimpy's cereal commercial, if you look closely in a certain scene, his eyes aren't visible, and only his pupils can be seen, which seem to be as large as his eyes. This was an error made by the overseas animation studio, and John K. left it in because it looked very funny.

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    Allusions (69)

    • The scene where Ren accidentally kisses Stimpy is actually John K.'s tribute to the 1941 Bob Clampett cartoon starring Daffy Duck, 'A Coy Decoy'.

    • Slinky The Log jingle is mostly to the tune of the 'Slinky' jingle, including the part of the log rolling down the stairs.

    • The "lines" Stimpy says in the Muddy Cartoon are references to the cartoon characters George Jetson, Elmer Fudd, Popeye, and a realistic impression of Mr. Jinx. It should be noted that in the 1990s/early 2000s, Billy West would take over the roles of Popeye and Elmer Fudd.

    • Muddy Mudskipper is a parody of old Hanna Barbera cartoon characters.

    • This Ren and Stimpy episode debuted in 1991, the same year another version of 'Robin Hood' was released in theaters... the Warner Bros. movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Ironically, that same year, Disney re-released their Robin Hood animated film to videocassette (and laserdisc.), labeling it as a 'Disney Classic'.

    • The 'Log' theme song is a spoof of the famous 'Slinky' theme song.

    • Stimpy's character is based on Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Stimpy even has the title of 'science officer'.

    • The scences in 'The Boy Who Cried Rat', where Stimpy is trying to catch Ren, are a take off of most of the Tom & Jerry cartoons.

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  • Fan Reviews (147)
  • That crazy dog!

    By JackPeterson3996, Dec 15, 2015

  • Production Order

    By cman1088, Dec 05, 2015

  • Why 90's Are All That?

    By minimew2020, May 12, 2015

  • The Very Defenition of Disturbing, Demented and Disgusting... and yet... I Love it.

    By DragonSword227, Mar 05, 2013

  • I love Ren & Stimpy

    By LovelyMissWeirdO, Jan 28, 2015