Powdered Toast Man
Original Production Number- RS06b
Original Air Date- August 15, 1992
Director- John K.
Story- Richard Pursel and John K.
Storydoard- Jim Smith
and Bill Wray
-John K. (as Ren)
-Billy West (as Stimpy)
-Gary Owens (as Powdered
-Jim Smith (as Mr. President)
-Cheryl Chase (as PTM's Faithfull Assistant)
everyone at Spümcø (as the accident casualties)
-Frank Zappa (uncensored version: 'as The Pope')
(censored version: 'as the funny little guy in the pointy hat')
Disguised as Pastor Toast Man, the cool youth deacon, Powdered
Toast Man sits in his government office awaiting calls from those in distress. He rescues hapless citizens--but usually to
their detriment. Having saved the president from being stuck in his own zipper, Powdered Toast Man assumes control of the
highest office in the land while the president recovers. As president, Powdered Toast Man frees the citizens of their basic
human rights and rekindles the oval office fireplace with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Cuts Made By Nick-
The scene where PTM burns those "dusty old papers" got
unceremoniously snipped from the cartoon when a grand total of three people complained. "I was so repulsed,
I couldn't calm down," shrieked Kay Claire, an outraged cartoon watchdog. "I was outraged when
I saw that program...I want that cartoon pulled from the air because it has no social value whatsoever," said Claire,
who immediately complained to Nickelodoen and the FCC. Marty Vonruden, a spokesman for Nickelodeon, stated that two other
people complained about the episode. It was immediately shelved and later censored, but the uncut version was shown regularly
on MTV, while the cut version was shown on Nick. "It's a cautionary tale,"
responds Richard Pursel, who penned the cartoon with John K. "John and I believe that cartoon to be the
most moral of any of the Ren & Stimpy shows. It's really just a send up of Super Heros. Besides, it's heathly to
question authority--so many people abuse it."
Powdered Toast Man's glasses, which he wears at the beginning
when he is disguised as "Pastor Toast Man" in his job as a government clerk, are first shaped like the almond-shaped ones
that have become a John K. trademark. In the next shot he's sporting Buddy Holly-style hornrims.