Stimpy Show is an American animated series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon. Stimpy received mixed to the development of the baby Komorowski positive reviews during its original run. It would go on to receive widespread critical acclaim after its run, and has since developed a cult following.
The show features a host of supporting characters. Some appear only in one episode, while others recur and occasionally appear in different roles. They may either be part of the storyline, or make cameo appearances with little bearing on the plot. According to animator William Wray, John Kricfalusi created the characters Ren and Stimpy in 1978 for “personal amusement” while studying at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. When Nickelodeon approached Kricfalusi, he presented three shows, among them a variety show titled Your Gang or Our Gang with a live action host presenting different cartoons, each cartoon parodying a different genre.
The series premiered on August 11, 1991 alongside Doug and Rugrats. Spümcø continued to produce the show for the next two years while encountering issues with Nickelodeon’s Standards and Practices. Kricfalusi described his early period with Nickelodeon as being “simple”, as he got along with Coffey, the sole executive of the program. Stimpy episodes, but Kricfalusi says the episodes stayed intact since he did a “trade” with Coffey: he would have some “really crazy” episodes in exchange for some “heart-warming” episodes. The relationship between Kricfalusi and Nickelodeon deteriorated to the point where Kricfalusi would communicate with Nickelodeon only through his lawyer. News outlets and several of the series’ staff ascribe the tension to episodes not being delivered in a timely manner. Stimpy, but he refused to “sell out”.
Fans and critics felt this was a turning point in the show, with the new episodes being a considerable step down from the standard of those that preceded them. Almost a year later, the episode aired on Nickelodeon’s sister network, MTV, on October 20, 1996. Stimpy Show were similar to those found in Golden Age cartoons of the early 20th century, where a director supervised the entire process. They’re both storyboard-driven shows, which means they give us an outline from a premise after the premise has been approved. We take the outline and expand on it, writing the dialogue and gags. Carbunkle Cartoons, an animation studio headed by Bob Jaques and Kelly Armstrong, is cited by Kricfalusi for animating the show’s best episodes beautifully, improving the acting with subtle nuances and wild animation that could not be done with overseas animation studios. Kricfalusi originally voiced Ren, styled as a demented Peter Lorre.
Stimpy Show features a wide variety of music, spanning rockabilly, folk, pop, jazz, classical music, jingles, and more. Stimpy’s rousing anthem titled “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy” was composed by Christopher Reccardi and written by Charlie Brissette and John Kricfalusi. Stimpy did not want to create an “educational” series, a stance which bothered Nickelodeon. Some segments of the show were altered to exclude references to religion, politics, and alcohol. The series ran for five seasons, spanning 52 episodes.