Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020)

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Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren u0026 Stimpy Story: Directed by Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood. With Jim Ballantine, Ed Bell, Jack Black, Robyn Byrd. A documentary that explores the rise and fall of The Ren u0026 Stimpy Show (1991) and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi.

“This is a documentary about the envelope-burning Nickelodeon cartoon, The Ren u0026amp; Stimpy Show (1991). It broke animation out of its toy-selling corporate mandate into a more outrageous adult era. Its creator John Kricfalusi became an overnight sensation. The show ran into problems after Nickelodeon ups the second season order to twenty episodes and John turns into a tyrant. The story takes an even darker turn with the 2018 BuzzFeed article about Johnu0026#39;s relationships with teenagers Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTo be fair, the filmmakers were probably blindsided by the 2018 story and had to do some fast editing. It takes ninety minutes before the movie gets to Robyn Byrd and they never interviewed Katie Rice. I wouldnu0026#39;t be surprised if the movie was already done with a ninety minute cut before the revelations turned everything upside down. There are downside consequences to this. This movie has a few famous faces heaping praises upon the show. I bet some of them would like to add to their interviews by tackling the question of separating the creator from the creation. While a few insiders do mention Johnu0026#39;s fascination with young girls, some more in-depth discussion on the subject matter is needed. Quite frankly, that should be the central issue of this documentary. It may not be possible but the filmmakers need to make another ninety minutes on that.”

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