Version: Sat Sep 26 21:44:44 PDT 1992
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R&S = The Ren & Stimpy Show
Nick = Nickelodeon - the network that first aired R&S
1. What is R&S?
"The Ren & Stimpy Show" is one of three new cartoon shows (collectively
known as "The Nicktoons") produced by Nickelodeon, a Cable TV
channel in North America. The two main characters are an "asthma-hound"
chihuahua named "Ren Hoek" (with an umlaut over the o), and a cat named
"Stimpson J. Cat". The show's attraction is its unashamedly gross
physical humor, often consisting of nose-picking and farts (though
there's more to it than that). It is suitable (and funny) for the whole
family, though some have called it an aquired taste.
2. When/where can I see R&S?
Currently, R&S can only be seen via cable TV or satellite. It airs on
Nickelodeon (aka SNICK on Saturday nights) Saturday evening at
9 PM (Pacific/Eastern). It also airs Sunday mornings at 11 AM
(Pacific/Eastern), though it appears that this time slot will continue
with reruns. MTV is also airing the second season, aparently, but
no hard information has reached this author. MTV showings are inferior to
the showing on Nick, since they stick the MTV logo on the lower right corner
and have more commercials. MTV also compresses the audio badly and
doesn't start the show on time. Incidently, MTV Networks, Inc., owns Nick.
Apparently MTV is owned in large part by Viacom.
3. My site seems to get two R&S newsgroups. What's the deal?
At the time a newsgroup for R&S was being discussed, the original
idea was for the alt.fan group. Many (including this author)
counter-proposed that it should be under alt.tv. When it came
time to create the groups, both newgroups went out. It is
the poster's opinion that since it is a TV show, it belongs
in alt.tv. The alt.tv group is not called 'ren-and-stimpy'
because that would be too long for certain (broken) news
programs and operating systems. 'ren-&-stimpy' is inappropriate
because it contains a non-alphanumeric character other than '- or _'.
4. How do I pronounce Ren's name?
The name is apparently Dutch, and thus an English pronunciation
will only be approximate. It ends up as "Hork" (rhymes with "pork").
They play with this in the show and intentionally mispronounce it
"HO-ack" or "HO-ehk" from time to time. His first name rhymes with
"pen," of course.
5. Who makes R&S?
The creative force behind R&S is John Kricfalusi. He is also
Ren's voice. John K.'s last name is pronounced "KRIS-fah-loo-see".
He is 36 and from Ottawa.
John K is "stunned" that so many adults watch R&S.
He [John K] was a major creative force (under the [Ralph] Bakshi umbrella)
behind the New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, and he was also involved with
Stimpy's voice is Billy West. Billy West is also the voice of
"Doug," one of the other Nicktoons. West used to work at WBCN
in Boston, which is famous for shock-radio.
Second season credits list "The Spumco Players", presumably the
voice artists. They include (from "In The Army / Powdered Toast Man"):
Harris Peet, Cheryl Chase, Michael Pataki, Bob Camp, Vincent Waller,
John K., Jim Smith, Henry Porch, Charlie Birssette and Billy West.
Many of these are people with other jobs within Spumco.
So far there have been two acknowledged guest stars: Gary Owens as
Powdered Toast Man, and Frank Zappa as The Pope (both in
"Powdered Toast Man").
The creative organization is called "Spumco". The company
motto is "The Danes call it quality." Apparently, "spum"
is the Danish word for quality, hence the motto.
The boy whose picture is shown with the motto is Jimmy, the
hapless boy - the company mascot (From firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spumco International (that's how it's listed in the Greater LA phone book)
5625 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
It's located a few blocks west of the Paramount Studios lot.
6. What are the words to...
... the 'Log' song?
"What rolls down stairs alone or in pairs
rolls over your neighbor's dog?
What's great for a snack and fits on your back?
It's Log, Log, Log!
It's Log, Log, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's Log, Log, it's better than bad, it's good!
Everyone wants a log! You're gonna love it, Log!
Come on and get your log! Everyone needs a Log!"
... the Oath?
"I do hereby promise only to watch the Ren & Stimpy show,
to make underleg noises during the good scenes,
to wear unwashed lederhosen every single day of
the rest of my life."
At least one poster claims 'underleg' is underling,
but the consensus is for the former (underleg noises
being farts, of course. Hardly an episode goes by
that someone doesn't cut one).
... Nurse Stimpy's oath?
"I do solemnly swear by the sacred bedpan to fix the patient,
and ease his wretched suffering, even until all hope is lost."
... The Muddy Mudskipper theme song?
"Who's the greatest mudskipper of them all?
Who can skip in the mud with the greatest of ease?
What kind of wonderful guy?
Who can crawl like a dog without scraping his knees?
Who's got segmented eyes?
It's Muddy Mudskipper, it's Muddy Mudskipper
It's the Muddy Mudskipper show!"
... Stimpy's "Gritty Kitty" poem?
Gritty Kitty aint't so pretty, but it's really thick
It fills my cat box oh so snug, it always does the trick
I like to rub it on my toes and squish and squish and squish
It ne'er offends my tender nose, like a smelly fish
Its texture is a joy to me, it's just as smooth as silk
It makes my little whiskers twitch, it stays crunchy even in milk
I may not be the president, I may not be the pope
But as long as I have Gritty Kitty, I shall never mope.
... The "Happy Happy Joy Joy" song?
Hello, boys and girls. This is your old pal, Stinky Weaselteats. [*]
This is a song about a whale. No! This is a song about being happy!
That's right! It's the Happy Happy Joy Joy song!
Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy
Happy Happy Joy Joy Joy!
I don't think you're happy enough! That's right! I'll teach you to
be happy! I'll teach your grandmother to suck eggs! Now, boys and
girls, let's try it again!
If'n you aint the grandaddy of all liars! The little critters of
nature... They don't know that they're ugly! That's very funny, a
fly marrying a bumblebee! I told you I'd shoot! But you didn't
believe me! Why didn't you believe me?!
[chorus without last line]
Happy Happy Happy Happy
Happy Happy Happy Happy
Happy Happy Joy Joy Joy!
* Stinky's last name is up for debate. It is pronounced closer
to "whizzleteats". The authority for "Weaselteats" is an article
that appeared in "Metro" magazine, a weekly for-free newspaper
that appears at various places in Santa Clara County. The HHJJ
song was described by the author of the article as, "Sing 'Happy
Happy Joy Joy'. Repeat until death sets you free."
... Ren's speech just before going to sleep in "In The Army?"
"Good night, Stimpy. Now all I need is eight hours of
... Ren's speech after the peeling-H-bombs scene in "ITA?"
"Psst. Hey Guido. It's all so clear to me now. I'm the keeper
of the cheese. And you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he
knows it. That's why he's gonna kill us. So we gotta beat it.
Yeah. Before he lets loose the marmasets on us! Don't worry,
little missy! I'll save you!"
... The Hangin' Song in "Out West"?
"OOOOhhh, Lord loves a hangin', that's why he give us necks
It tightens up our vocal chords, and loosens up our pecs.
So if you are a horse thief and guilty to the bone,
Go ahead and blame a friend and you won't hang alone!
It may be hard to swaller, but you'll be three feet taller,
And find new ways to entertain your friends.
You say you are a villian, but can't abide by killin',
Go ahead and steal yourself a horse.
Two three eleven or five seven [take it, boys].
I'm a pickin' and I'm a swingin'!
I'm ignorant, and I'm ugly!
That you are, boys.
OOOOhhh, The Lord loves a hangin', and so do we by heck!
So go and get a lasso and decorate your neck!
Oh we is awful ignorant and uglier than sin,
so go ahead and cut us down... And hang us all again!
Hangin', that is. Swing a spell."
... Ren's crazy speech in "Space Madness"?
"...I'll just lie back and think pleasant thoughts.
Chicken pot pie... Chocolate covered RAIsins...
Glazed Hammmmm... They think I'm crazy... But I
know better... It is not I who am crazy... It is
I who am MAD!... Didn't you hear 'em? Didn't you
see the crowds?!! Oh my beloved ice cream bar...
How I love to lick your creamy center... eeyaaarghruch...
eeyaarghrunch... eeyaarghrunch... And your oh-so-nutty
chocolate covering... You're not like the others...
You like the same things I do... Wax paper...
Boiled football leather... Dog breath... WE'RE NOT
HITCHIKING ANYMORE... WE'RE RIDING...
(Stimpy: "Stop it. You're talking crazy")
Oh no... I know what you want... You coveteth my ice
(Stimpy: "Come on now")
No you don't! You can't take it from me now!
I've had this ice cream bar since I was a child...
People... Always trying to take it from me... Why don't they
leave me ALONE?!!!
(Stimpy: "Easy now...")
Back off man!!!... Don't make me use this... One
step closer, I'm warning ya... Don't make me use it!
Now you've done it! You... forced me to use it!!!...
7. What is the meaning behind or origin of...
[ Much of the items that seem like obscure or trivial humor are in
fact non sequiturs. There's no meaning. They're just there for the
hell of it. ]
... The Croco-stimpy Bus? [ "Untamed World" ]
... "We're not hitchiking anymore! We're riding!" [ "Space Madness" ]
This is apparently from the movie "Centurion." The line was
delivered by Kirk Douglas (see below).
... The face that rises and sets over Hollywood during "Stimpy's Big
The face is apparently Kirk Douglas. According to John K.,
Kirk Douglas was the [partial?] inspiration for Ren.
... The various narrations in the "Happy Happy Joy Joy" song?
"I'll teach your grandmother to suck eggs"
This aparently paraphrases an old saying. There are many film and
TV uses of this phrase. It means (roughly) to teach someone
what they already know. Furthermore, "to suck eggs" is aparently
a euphamism for nosing into other people's business.
"The little critters of nature -- They don't know that they're ugly."
This is a line from the film "Summer Magic" starring Berl Ives and
... Ren's various insane ravings?
So far Ren has been portrayed as being outright insane in
at least two cartoons (his general level of sanity is
as questionable as any cartoon character's, of course,
but we're talking serious psychosis here): "In The Army"
after he's done peeling H-bombs, and in "Space Madness".
During both of these intervals Ren gives speeches that
are as nutty as a fruitcake. Talking about running from
marmosets, boiled football leather, things like that.
As far as the net knows (at the moment), these are simply things
that the writer(s) thought were silly enough for a raving looney
to think sensible.
8. Is it "No sir, I _DON'T_ like it", or "No sir, I _DIDN'T_
Both. "Don't" is heard in "Stimpy's Big Day/The Big Shot,"
and "didn't" is heard in "Fire Dogs," and "Marooned."
In Season II we have a new variation in "Out West:" "WELL sir,
I don't like it."
9. Does anyone have a list of episodes?
It is posted at the same time as this FAQ list.
10. What is the title of the one that spoofs "Wild Kingdom"?
This is a point of controversy. The titles read "A Cartoon /
Written by Jim Smith & John K. / Storyboards by Jim Smith /
Directed by John K. / Untamed World".
Some believe it is titled simply "Untamed World" under the theory that
the first thing you see doesn't have to be the title. It would
have been awkward to put the credits after "Untamed World" because
of how the action goes. It would have been similarly awkward to
start off with "Written by". "A Cartoon" was thus simply used to
intro the credits.
Some believe that since "A Cartoon" is capitalized and appears
by itself that it must be a title, and call it "A Cartoon"
or "A Cartoon: Untamed World".
Official word from Spumco has reached the author (from
email@example.com) that Spumco folk internally refered to it as
11. Does Nickelodeon censor R&S?
The opening titles contain scenes from "Big House Blues" and point to the
possibility that Nickelodeon has cut scenes from the show. In particular,
Nick's rendering of BHB does NOT show the scene where Ren is 'drinking from
the porcelain bus'. Additionally, although Nick originally showed the entire
"Magic Nose Goblins" ending, they have since then started doing a quick fade
as the scene panned over the 'field of green'. There are other places in the
series where editing may have taken place. In particular, in "Untamed World",
there is a blackout, then a wipe to the next scene. Nowhere else does this
There were a few incidences in "Big House Blues." In one scene, the dog-
catcher asks R&S if they like to have fun; R&S agree. "Well go ahead, have
fun!" [then, in the missing footage, the dogcatcher turns his back, and
says in a feminine voice, "See if I care."] [If you freeze frame it,
you can see the dogcatcher turn around and put his hands on his hips in
a rather feminine stance. Just a brief glance.] Also, during the sleep
sequence, Ren ends up kissing Stimpy, then wakes up, screams, says something
about having to "clean himself," and goes to toilet, drinking out of it (not
vomiting into it). Or maybe it's eating, who can say.
Like that other Jeff said, Ren dreams he's having a romantic
encounter and ends up kissing Stimpy, at which point he instantly
wakes up wide-eyed and dashes over to the PHENOMENALLY rusty and
filthy prison toilet, takes a loooong drink to wash his mouth out (!),
glares back and Stimpy and shouts, "HAVE YOU *NO* SENSE OF PERSONAL
12. What about the music?
Apart from a few selections, there is not a single piece of original music
in the whole show. Instead, R&S quotes extensively from the classical
repertoire, as well as 50's style TV themes and takes. Space prohibits
a complete listing here.
John K apparently wrote "The Muddy Mudskipper Show" theme, and the
[words to the (?)] "Happy Happy Joy Joy" song.
Chris Reccardi wrote the [music to the (?)] HHJJ song. He has done work
for Tiny Toon Adventures, among other things.
The closing theme is not an original composition. It's a version of the
Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) classic blues "Killing Floor". No doubt.
In fact, it's VERY similar to the arrangement on the Howlin' Wolf Chess
13. Where can I get R&S...
Unfortunately, there is no way to obtain R&S except to tape it.
Previous announcements that at least BHB was available on "Tournee of
Animation" tapes were in error.
Check freedom.nmsu.edu:pub;/ren-and-stimpy (I think).
ab20 was closed back in May. The entire archives have been shuttled
to wuarchive.wustl.edu and nic.funet.fi. The Ren & Stimpy sounds are
part of the Amiga archives. (wuarchive has done some shuffling of the
ab20 files, and no longer has a mirror of the old site. The sounds may
have been moved to another directory.)
We can rightly claim to be the first to have contributed digital
samplings of Ren & Stimpy audio to INet and several other networks.
(Well, OK, we are 98% sure of it; and we would like to know of any
other uploads, both earlier and later.) They originally appeared in
the Info-Mac archives. (The Info-Mac archives are available (by using
FTP, account anonymous, any password) in the info-mac directory on
sumex-aim.stanford.edu [188.8.131.52]. Help files and indices are in
/info-mac/help.) They are in the /info-mac/sound directory:
They've now spread to most any mall T-shirt store.
... coffee cups?
A company called "Custom Screenprinting" makes them (from
"Advance Comics Catalog" reports that a 18 month calendar for
1993 and 2nd half 1992 will be available in August from Andrews
& McMeel. It'll cost $8.95 and will be in full color (from
... comic books?
Marvel Comics is planning on making a monthly R&S comic book. It's
in the planning stages and is at least 4 months (September or
October '92) away. (from firstname.lastname@example.org).
... "Log," "Log for Girls," "Powdered Toast," etc?
"You sick little monkey!" "Don't you know cartoons will ruin your MIND?!"
... other products for the drooling fanboy in each of us?
14. Is there a fan club?
Hahaha! It never occured to me, until I was looking at a just-finished copy
of X Magazine #10 ("Big Ren & Stimpy Blow-Out" issue, plug plug) to post
the address of the Almost-Official Ren and Stimpy Fan Club. So:
Ren & Stimpy Fan Club
2930 Jacob St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
15. What about the future of R&S?
We are now in the midst of Season 2.
The future of R&S is very murky at the moment. Rumors are flying of
John K's dismissal for submitting inappropriate material and being
behind schedule. The rights to the characters are owned by Nick, so
it's conceivable that R&S could go on under new management. All of
this is way up in the air as this goes to print.
From email@example.com (David Price):
Here's some assorted details from the article "'Ren and Stimpy' stay off
the wall" by Matt Roush:
Ren has a cousin named "Svenhoek" [I assume that's really "Sven Hoek" -dp]
who is even stupider that Stimpy. He loves playing the "Don't Whizz
on the Electric Fence" board game with Stimpy. Ren doesn't heed the
game's advice and ends up in hell.
One episode has them reading fan mail in Hollywood, Yugoslavia.
16. Where can I find archived information on R&S?
Check ftp.coe.montana.edu. There should be copies of this FAQ, the
epsiode guide, and other stuff too.