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Run Time: 107 minutes
Before Beavis and Butt-Head, Spongebob, and the “adult” animation craze, there was a furious little chihuahua and his “EEDIOT” cat. Ren & Stimpy burst onto the cartoon scene in 1991 with gross-out gags, double entendres, and lots of emotional instability. Nickelodeon’s cat-dog duo quickly reached cult status, as did their explosive creator, John K, whose dramatic departure from the show after just two seasons spawned a mythology of its own. With interviews from countless collaborators—including Bob Camp, Vanessa Coffey, Chris Reccardi, and even Mr. K himself—the documentary delves into the tumultuous environment that produced the often controversial episodes. Drawing John K’s personal history of misconduct into the story, Ren & Stimpy is placed right at the precipice of our current cancel culture. Does the wrongdoing of one erase the influence and creative efforts of many? HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY—THE REN & STIMPY STORY is both a celebration and reconstruction of Ren & Stimpy’s deserved place in cartoon history. — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:10 PM ET
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:25 PM ET
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
Film Is Art
Ad Hoc Docs Competition