Ren &; Stimpy, Uncut

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Ren & Stimpy, Uncut

this was posted on my Nick message board & the Nick newsgroup today :)

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Subject: Ren &; Stimpy, Uncut

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/tvg/20020606/102337225100.html

Thursday June 6 7:04 AM ET

J. Max Robins

The Ren &; Stimpy Show, the hit cartoon that helped put Nickelodeon on
the map, is going back into production, according to industry sources.
TNN has ordered new episodes of the adventures of Ren, a churlish
Chihuahua, and Stimpy, his naive feline friend. In addition, TNN has
obtained rights to 52 episodes of the show that ran from 1991 to 1995.

To create the new episodes, TNN is expected to bring back series
creator John Kricfalusi, whose sophisticated animation broke new
ground — and whose gross-out humor predates Comedy Central's South
Park. Kricfalusi had an acrimonious split from Nickelodeon in 1992
after clashing with management about the cartoon's content. (The
network kept the show because Kricfalusi had sold it the characters.)
The episode that reportedly put Nickelodeon brass over the edge — they
refused to run it — was entitled "Man's Best Friend." A cult classic
in the animation underground, "Man's Best Friend" introduces the
character George Liquor, who submits Ren and Stimpy to a sadistic
training course, which ends when Ren beats George to a pulp.

"It's one of the most violent and hilarious things ever done," says
Billy West, the voice of Stimpy as well as Ren for a time (Kricfalusi
did the Chihuahua's voice before he left the show.) "Now that the
show's on a channel not aimed at kids, it may finally be seen."

According to TNN sources, the network plans to run "Man's Best Friend"
as well as restore deleted footage into other Ren & Stimpy originals.
As for Kricfalusi, a TNN spokeswoman confirmed that the network "was
in discussions" with him about doing new episodes but would not
discuss any of the details. Kricfalusi declined comment.

TNN has chosen Ren & Stimpy as the anchor of a prime-time animation
block slated to launch in early 2003. Among the other cartoons that
are likely to join it: Gary the Rat, about a lawyer who is turned into
a 6-foot rodent, and Stan Lee's Stripperella, whose title character is
a stripper who becomes a superhero in the after-hours. Frasier's
Kelsey Grammer will voice the rat. Pamela Anderson will bring the
stripper to, um, life.

TNN's interest in animation is part of an evolution that began in
2000, when Viacom took control of the channel and changed its name
from the Nashville Network, programming country-music videos and Hee
Haw reruns, to the National Network, showing everything from Star
Trek: The Next Generation reruns to the WWE.

"We're the network of the WWE," says a TNN insider. "So; why not
Stripperella and Ren &; Stimpy uncensored
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