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  • Actors: John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Eric Bauza, Cheryl Chase, Ralph Bakshi
  • Directors: Vincent Waller
  • Writers: John Kricfalusi, Eddie Fitzgerald, Jeff Amey
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • Release Date: April 18 2006
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000F9T700
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,912 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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After a ten year hiatus, John K. resurrected his classic cartoon for Spike TV – no holds barred. Witness the cartoons he always wanted to make, uncensored and out of control. Deemed too hot to handle by Spike execs, these episodes are now available on DVD – be warned: this is not your baby-brother’s Ren & Stimpy. 9 hilarious episodes include 4 never before seen.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fusion Head on Aug. 15 2010
Format: DVD
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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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Oh sweet God...Ren & Stimpy the way they were always meant to be! Aug. 31 2006
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Adult Party Cartoon is amazing July 24 2006
By Alex Pasco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Pretty Disappointing Nov. 6 2006
By Aiken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
While there are a few worthwhile moments on these discs (mostly in Ren Seeks Help), in general they're uninspired and tedious. The writing is bland and shallow and focuses too much on being able to do the stuff they weren't allowed to do before. It's great to be uncensored and unfettered, but when all you do is take advantage of the opportunity, it's easy to forget to deliver actual entertainment, too. There's also a tendency to draw things out much longer than necessary, almost like the artists wanted to show off their work, dwelling on certain shots and motions for inexplicably long periods. I would get bored in the middle of scenes, waiting for them to get to the (inevitable and obvious) punchlines.

Other than John's voicing of Ren, and Ralph Bakshi's cameo, the voice acting is uneven and monotonous. The animation lipsync is pretty erratic as well, sometimes bang on, sometimes boggling bad, like they changed the joke afterwards and didn't feel like re-animating.

Remarkably, the reason why I give this two stars (instead of the minimum of one) is the extra material with John talking about the show and various bits of animation industry trivia. He's actually quite entertaining and made it worth the bother to have watched these discs. Frankly, I'd rather have spent the whole time listening to him than watching the lost episodes.

Really, other than Ren Seeks Help, these episodes are some pretty weak tea, and that's being kind. I boggle at some of the 5-star reviews and look at them suspiciously. I have a very hard time believing that anyone who doesn't work for the publisher would give these discs the best possible grade. Sorry, I find that unlikely. I think somebody's stuffing the ballot box.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nothing wonderful Feb. 14 2015
By GhostFrappe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Another long-time fan of the original Ren & Stimpy chiming in. I grew up on this show and I still watch it to this day, and when I spotted this particular DVD at a game store, I was thrilled. Holy crap, Ren & Stimpy cartoons I've never seen?! GIMME! Needless to say, I was not impressed. The short version is that this just did not feel at all like the good old misadventures of Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. Cat that I'd known and loved for years.

The animation quality was kind of hit and miss. Yes, there are crazy, skewed facial expressions, but... it's just not the same. The original show just had a particular charm and feel to it which this one didn't have at all. It seemed like John K. was just trying to make the most disgusting possible cartoon with this collection, and while I certainly wasn't offended, there was no room for genuine humor because every other second was something stupid and/or gross. Don't get me wrong - when I think of tasteless toilet humor, I immediately think of the dog and cat duo from the 90s screaming, slapping, burping and farting their way through episodes. But the original show also had actual plots, clever jokes and segways, and little touches that were always in the perfect place to ensure maximum hilarity. Characters had depth, and while there was no chronology, everything managed to make sense while, at the same time, making no sense at all... and that's what made it so awesome. These lost episodes are devoid of all those things, and what you'll see are a completely different Ren and Stimpy that just aren't that funny anymore. Though I will give it credit for the episode "Onward & Upward" which is quite possibly the only cartoon to ever make me truly nauseous. But hey, most people would feel at least a little churn of the stomach watching Ren and Stimpy eating vomit in a spittoon.

The voice acting is garbage; Stimpy's voice sounds deeper and more serious, and while John K. provided Ren's voice again, it just sounded really forced, which I guess is expected when he's trying to get back in character after a decade of not being the little mosquito. The music doesn't quite work, it looks like some of the animating was done in Flash, and really the only thing this has going for it is getting to see adult themes (sex, drinking, smoking, etc.) and hear some cursing. But here's the thing: classic R&S was good enough that it didn't need the sexual themes or swearing to be funny.

Basically, these six adult episodes lack silliness. Yes, there was only so much you could do in cartoons that would bypass the censors (and John K. got a LOT of stuff past them), but the stupidity is what gave the show its irresistible charm. The Lost Episodes were a disappointment as far as I'm concerned, and you really won't be missing much by not buying this. The only thing this DVD has in common with the original series are the character names and designs (Mr. Horse shows up, as does the fire chief, who proceeds to morph into Ralph Bakshi), and some of the music (which is used kind of poorly at times). There are no "in-betweens" in this collection either. Things like Dog Water, Billy the Beef Tallow Boy, Colonel Backwash's Chicken in a Drawer... remember those little jingles between episodes or at the end of the show? None of those here, which is a shame, as those were some of my favorites.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
What the hell was that? Jan. 8 2007
By Matthew J. Allread - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
When I first saw this item the memories of the glory days of Ren & Stempy washed over me, however this is nothing like the good ol' days. The whole thing is nothing but sex and fart jokes. Now I like fart jokes but not when they are 15 minutes long. Horrably annoying cartoon women bouncing around for half the cartoon is not my idea of funny. Of course, is not sexy, it's just creepy. Lastly, half of these cartoons seem to be nothing more than inside jokes and stories from the cartoonists. Only amusing if you are really into the behind the scenes scene, completely bored and confusing to the rest. Ren & Stempy's quality died after Nick canned the show way back when and it's only gotten worst.


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