I was a fan of the original series, those shows co-written and directed by John K. It was a poor decision by Nickelodeon to let him go after 2 seasons... the shows were never the same, and I stopped watching. I had those first shows all on VHS and decided recently to purchase them on DVD, thinking it would also be good to get the additional 'Lost Episodes' DVD because they were also directed by John K, though 10 years later. Well, you can definitely see why these stories would have been rejected when first proposed to the original Nickelodeon producers, on the grounds of censorship. But personally I don't find the additional levels of bad taste and gross or inappropriate humour to be of much value in terms of entertainment value.... the cleverness in the writing that made the originals work so well is just not there anymore. And the quality of cartooning also doesn't seem to be up to that achieved in the original series. The redeeming bits for me are the interview segments with John K and some of his production staff. Otherwise, I'd only recommend the DVD for die hard R&S fans that want to see John K's crazy and slightly demented mind back in action once again.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Oh sweet God...Ren & Stimpy the way they were always meant to be!Aug. 31 2006
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A couple years back, John K. attempted to resurrect Ren & Stimpy for Spike TV. And it worked, albeit pretty briefly. This collection of "Lost" episodes features six episodes where Ren & Stimpy get revamped with all the grossness, nudity, and insane antics that the show was always meant to have, and even though at times it can get to be too much for it's own good, this DVD set is a must own for those who fondly remember this gruesome twosome. In these episodes, Ren & Stimpy go to a beach filled with voluptuous young girls who like to get naked, try to help out a homeless widow (an homage to the Three Stooges), get in over their heads with an insane fire chief, and look to move out of the bum's mouth that they've been living in. Stimpy is also pregnant with Ren's love child (the results of which are hysterical, to me anyway, others may find it to be way too much), and Ren goes to a shrink to reveal the origin of his violent ways. There's interviews and introductions aplenty with John K. and a few others, which are more than worth the price of admission alone. All in all, the Lost Episodes of Ren & Stimpy will certainly be a mixed bag for many, but for those who have always wanted to see the duo in the gross out way that they were always meant to be seen, consider this a must own.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
No Charm - No Humor - Weak AnimationApril 1 2008
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These lost episodes were unwatchable. It was really like watching a different cartoon. No aspect of this resembled the original ren & stimpy show. All of the charm and humor from the original cartoons is gone.
THE LOOK: The background paintings are high quality, but the animation of the characters is terrible. Ren & Stimpy don't look like they did in the original show, they look like different cartoon characters. One of the best things about the original show was the endless amount of funny facial expressions. But the facial expressions and movements in these new ones are bland, lifeless and unfunny. I didn't laugh at one facial expression throughout the DVD. There also are none of the signature "high detail painting stills" from Scott Wills. The animation resembled the animation from the cartoon "Cow and Chicken", not the original Ren & Stimpy.
THE SOUND: Billy West does not do any voices in these cartoons, which is a big minus. John K. does the voice of Ren, but strangely, it doesn't sound anything like Ren from the originals. The guy who does Stimpy isn't even close, and it isn't funny either. The same production music is used, but it is used poorly. The music doesn't sync with what's going on, and doesn't add to the drama or humor of the episode.
THE WRITING & HUMOR: The only joke in these episodes is to hear Ren & Stimpy swear, smoke and show their private parts. It makes you chuckle the first time you hear it, but gets old very quickly. Its just obscene for the sake of being obscene. There's no creativity involved in the writing or gags.
CONCLUSION: I am a huge fan of Ren & Stimpy. I even liked the later episodes from Games Animation. But these lost episodes were unwatchable. Ren & Stimpy fans will probably buy this out of curiosity, but I strongly suggest not wasting your money on this set. I suggest buying "Seasons 1 &2" and "Seasons 3 and a half". The "Lost episodes" and "Season 4/5" are not worth buying.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Give it a try what do you have to loose?Aug. 22 2006
Kyle Lewis Hicks
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I love Ren and Stimpy and always have. It has always been one of the few funny cartoons out there, coming out roughly the same time of the Simpsons during that awkward time when the Simpsons just were not funny yet. It really paved the way for a lot of great animation that came after it. R&S blazed a new trail in animation instead of re-hashing old Tex Avery or Chuck Jones type animation.
R&S had a style and taste all it's own from the style of animation to the way it told it's stories and the akward pauses and extreme close ups. The show turned me on to animation and made me want to draw and animate, at the time it came out every cartoon was a re-hashed version of another older unfunny cartoon. A Pup named Scooby Doo, the Flintstone Kids, The Tom and Jerry Kids.....they all blew. I can not think of a worse cartoon ever then Scooby Doo.
Ren and Stimpy will for ever and always have a special place in my heart as the cartoon that turned me on and jump started me into a new world of animation and humor.
A great thing about this set is the interviews, but only half of them are of any real intrest. They are not for the casual fan they were meant for the hard core nerds like me, but even I found a lot of them boring. The animation is great in a few episodes and pretty crappy in a few. The new R&S never had the same magic of the original run of the show on Nickeloden. But is worth checking out for any one instrested in R&S or just intrested in a few laughs. John K, has always given us some great stuff and I keep holding out hope one day for a new SPUMCO site to show up with some more Goddamn George Liqour and Idiot boy cartoons (they were R&S original owners) as well as Sody Pop and Weekend Pussy Hunt.
EVERY ONE SHOULD WATCH THIS DVD AT LEAST ONCE!
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Adult Party Cartoon is amazingJuly 24 2006
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Adult Party Cartoon is amazing, plain and simple.
So many people complain about the direction that Spumco went with the new Ren and Stimpy cartoons, and to some extent I can understand why. But come on, art evolves and I guarantee you that just as many people would be hollering if John and the gang had just kept on doing what they were doing in 1991. But they didn't, and that's awesome.
Spumco has always been in the business of reinventing amazing cartoons.. right from the get-go. The original Ren & Stimpy = Brilliant. The Yogi/Jetsons cartoons = brilliant, and Adult Party Cartoon is also brilliant. Will it make you uncomfortable? YES! Is some of the art disgusting and disturbing? Yes! And you know what? That's the nature of art. Art challenges and entertains and tittilates and disgusts and disturbs, and that's why it's so important to our society. There's nothing I love more than a complicated piece of work that makes me think, reflect and laugh -- and these do all that in spades. Some of them are absolutely kill-you-in-the-face-dead-on-FUNNY (Altruists, Naked Beach Frenzy), and some of them are sad, awful/beautiful pieces about the nature of psyche (Ren Seeks Help.) I don't really know how to classify Firedogs 2, but Ralph Bakshi is one heck of a guy.
Ultimately, it's up to you -- but I think these are brilliant and I tell you what, a single frame from nearly any Spumco cartoon makes me laugh more than the entire running time of an entire episode of Family Guy (funny show, worst art ever.)
Great job, Spumco!
POSTSCRIPT: the packaging is brilliant, a work of art, fantastic. I wish that much care and attention went into all cartoon dvd packaging. Heck, all packaging.
33 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the time or moneyFeb. 13 2007
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As a kid, I grew up with Ren and Stimpy, which aired on Nickelodeon. Because that is a young adult/children's channel, Ren and Stimpy had to be molded into the image of a relatively appropriate show. And I think because of this censorship, the show was actually able to become so iconic. It is easy to be blatant and crude, but when you have to work around certain obstacles to get your point across, that is when things become more interesting, and more creative. The beauty of the Ren and Stimpy episodes aired on Nickelodeon was the fact that they could still manage to be hilariously crude, but it was on a level where kids wouldn't get it, while adults would and could laugh and think "Hey, that's really clever. Stupid, but clever." With that in mind, if you take away the need to overcome the obstacle of portraying a message without infringing on the censorship rules, you take away the essence and creativity of Ren and Stimpy. And that is basically what is happening with "The Lost Episodes". I watched one and it was decidedly not worth my time. They are extremely crude, uncreative, and uninspired. Even the introduction by the creators was drab. Though, I will admit, there were a few times I laughed. I could see someone watching it with their friends just to laugh at how ridiculous and different it is. Sort of like a "Oh my goodness, this is so bad!" kind of laughter. I would not recommend this DVD if you are a hardcore fan of the "old" Ren and Stimpy. This DVD encompasses nothing of the great past episodes. It's just a collection of very adult situations, a poorly executed experimentation with how weird and estranging the creators could make Ren and Stimpy, both the characters and the show itself. Basically, it's too much "adult situations" and too little plot, innuendo, and hilarity.