Fans have been singing the “happy, happy, joy, joy” song after Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, announced the reboot of “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”
The original show was released in 1991 together with other Nickelodeon classics “Rugrats” and “Doug.”
The show evolved on the exploits of the Ren, an irritable chihuahua, and Stimpy, a mild-mannered cat.
Ren & Stimpy explored themes related to abuse, suicide, and death. It was considered as an adult cartoon rather than a children’s show.
The first season of the show got a 100% Rotten Tomatoes. The show “pioneered an animation aesthetic that was undeniably disturbing for all ages” based on a critic consensus.
The Ren & Stimpy Show was described as dark and Dadaist— irrational and challenges convention.
About The Creator
John Kricfalusi created the show. Many young and talented animators looked up to him because of his courage to create a standout cartoon.
Nickelodeon fired him in 1992.
Voice actor, Bill West shared on Twitter that he had a problem with Kricfalusi’s treatment of other people.
In 2018, Kricfalusi was accused of “sexual harassment, sexual misconduct with underaged girls, possessing child pornography, and general predatory behavior.”
Two women have claimed that the animator courted them at a young age, 13 and 14 years old respectively, he was said to be grooming them to be his employees and sexual partners.
Kricfalusi posted an apology on Facebook, which was poorly received.
He blamed his mental illness for his actions.
Multiple companies have expressed that they will not work with him again.
A Fresh Start For Ren & Stimpy
Adults who learned about Kricfalusi’s infractions may have a hard time watching the series.
A reboot will give the iconic duo a new lease on life.
An official date for its debut is yet to be announced.