Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 107 minutes

Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story

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.

CIFF44 Screenings

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

Director Director

Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood

Ron Cicero

Kimo Easterwood

Sean Jarrett, Christina Burchard, Kevin Klauber, Kimo Easterwood, Ron Cicero

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