John Kricfalusi grabbed some friends and co-workers and started Spümcø when he became sick of the
way cartoons were made at the large studios. He felt that cartoons should be made by CARTOONISTS! In the early 90s Nickelodeon,
the network for kids, was looking for creator-driven cartoons for the network, and they met with the Spümcø folks. John K.
pitched a show called Your Gang, which included the characters of Ren and Stimpy. The network told Kricfalusi that they were
interested in a show based around the cat and dog, and ditch the other characters; Ren & Stimpy were born. They began
production of the series, running things past the network people for approval. Problems arose when the network didn't understand
the jokes, or when jokes had to be toned down for the audience.
The show premiered in August, 1991, and quickly found fans. Nickelodeon realized Spümcø and John
K knew what they were doing, but they still hated the new stories. Tensions between the network and Spümcø built, and in September,
1992, John K and Spümcø were fired from the show they created. Games Productions, a company set up by Nickelodeon, took over
the show and began producing new episodes under supervision from Bob Camp, someone John K had tutored. Fans felt the show
suffered with the loss of Spümcø, and it was cancelled after 5 seasons.
Then in 2002, John K. received a phone call from a cable channel called TNN (now Spike TV). TNN was
struggling against other channels and decided to give the creator a new chance. In June of 2003, Ren and Stimpy returned with
3 all-new episodes (which used plots developed for the original Nick show), plus the classic episodes the way they were meant
to be seen. The show continues the adventures of the duo from the cult classic cartoon series, placing them in a completely
No-Nickelodeon-Censorship universe. Originally 6 episodes were due to appear during the summer of 2003 but were delayed for
a year along with the rest of Spike's "Strip" (mainly because of the extremely risque "Naked Beach Frenzy" episode). Spike
TV planned to bring the show back with the final remaining episodes on August 20th, 2004, but instead delayed the series once
again and canceled the series in early December.
Note: Most all the info of season 1 + 2 is taken from The Spümcø Ren & Stimpy
Archive but more updated!! So don't yell at me.
Started at Spumco.
Finshed By Games.
A Spumco Idea Made by Games
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