Growing up, Ren and Stimpy was one of those cartoons that changed what you thought was possible in the medium. There was nothing like it before, and there is very little that hasn’t been influenced by it since. At the time, who could have known that things were as messed up and disturbing behind the scenes as they were on the screen.
In the new documentary, we are finally getting a clear picture at the show’s rise to fame and equally impressive demise. The film will also look closely at show creator John Kricfalusi, for both his brilliance and his behavior. Of you are a fan of the show, or just want to see a trainwreck unfold in slow motion, this could be some great summer viewing for you when it drops on August 14th.
US Release Date: August 14, 2020 Starring: Jim Ballantine, Ed Bell, Robyn Byrd Directed By: Ron Cicero & Kimo Easterwood Synopsis: HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY is the story of the rise and fall of one of the most influential animated series in the history of television. It’s the story of a group of talented and dedicated artists whose incredible work brought to life two of the most beloved characters of all time — Ren & Stimpy. It’s also a cautionary tale of artistic genius gone awry. The controversial creator of the groundbreaking show, John Kricfalusi, both caused and experienced trauma that deeply affected his work and relationships. Through archival footage, show artwork, and interviews with the artists, actors, and executives behind the show, co-directors Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood artfully illuminate the joy, beauty, and lasting impact of Ren & Stimpy, as well as the dual sides of the show’s creator, a man who is both a brilliant animator and storyteller as well as a deeply flawed person.