Saturday, 10 July 2010

Ren & Stimpy go adult and it sucks

So if you grew up around the same time as me you may well have watched Ren & Stimpy and thought it was bad ass stuff. Very twisted and random but still lots of funny stuff and intense and grotesque animation. Yeah? It was good right?
Now check this out:

That's a shock to the senses.
Is this a good idea?
No it's not.

In 2003, long after the original Nickelodeon series, the Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon series was made for Spike TV in America, with a strong adult male centric slant. Ren & Stimpy was always a pretty adult show due to it's edgy nature but it walked the line of being acceptable enough to go on the air on a kids channel before the watershed. That's what made it cool. Ren & Stimpy doing having thinly veiled gay sex, grabbing boobs on the beach, eating spit and vomit and secretly getting girls to touch their junk in a washroom are just not funny or fun to watch. By stepping over the line into out and out adult cartoon land it loses all the impact of the original cartoons. Tellingly, Billy West, the original voice actor for Stimpy didn't sign on for this series because he thought it sucked and would harm his career. BAM!

If you want proof of the badness this episode has a lot of gross eating of bodily fluids (really gross!), bad gay jokes and has someone tell the two to 'fuck off':

This episode is called Naked Beach Frenzy... guess what happens. This video seems to be very badly chopped up and seems to be missing a lot of stuff but I think you get the idea. There's also an intro by creator John Kricfalusi... he seems like a douche:

This episode is the only on the feature Billy West's voice as it was made for the original Ren & Stimpy series but was left out for being too violent. The violence is pretty full on but it's head and shoulders better then everything else I've seen of this adult series... probably because there are no cock jocks.

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