History YMMV / TheRenAndStimpyShow

29th Nov '16 4:51:11 AM Prinzenick
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: ''Adult Party Cartoon'' is extremely notorious in part because of this. It tried to simultaneously be a drama and [[RatedMForMoney a shock comedy that takes every single vulgar, offensive and tasteless joke]] UpToEleven, and failed at both. The drama was [[{{Narm}} too ludicrous]] [[{{Glurge}} and forced]] for the mainstream, and even if it wasn't, they would have still been turned away by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy the depravity]] and [[{{Squick}} overall grossness]]. Meanwhile, the comedy crowd didn't find any of the jokes funny. Unsurprisingly, this led to its extremely short run and it being panned by both fans and critics.

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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: ''Adult Party Cartoon'' is extremely notorious in part because of this. It tried to simultaneously be a drama and [[RatedMForMoney a shock comedy that takes every single vulgar, offensive and tasteless joke]] UpToEleven, and failed at both. The drama was [[{{Narm}} too ludicrous]] [[{{Glurge}} and forced]] for the mainstream, and even if it wasn't, they would have still been turned away by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy the depravity]] and [[{{Squick}} overall grossness]].grossness]], and even old time fans were alienated at how the subversiveness of the original kids show was thrown out for humor that was nasty for the sake of being nasty while also throwing out the lighthearted elements that balanced out the original shows salty humor. Meanwhile, the comedy crowd didn't find any of the jokes funny. Unsurprisingly, this led to its extremely short run and it being panned by both fans and critics.
25th Nov '16 5:49:53 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HarsherInHindsight / FunnyAneurysmMoment: While it's less funny and more genuinely emotional, "The Littlest Giant", where Stimpy (playing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Littlest Giant]]) runs away from home after a long time of torture by "[[{{Jerkass}} the big]], [[CatsareMean mean giants]]". Made harsher by the fact that nowadays, [[ButtMonkey bullying]] [[TheChewToy victims]] have often done pretty much the same, [[DrivenToSuicide or worse]] (just ask the corpse of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Phoebe_Prince Phoebe Prince]] or the many kids who come to school with weapons to get back at their tormentors and end up on the news for causing yet another school shooting).

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* HarsherInHindsight / FunnyAneurysmMoment: While it's less funny and more genuinely emotional, "The Littlest Giant", where Stimpy (playing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Littlest Giant]]) runs away from home after a long time of torture by "[[{{Jerkass}} the big]], [[CatsareMean [[CatsAreMean mean giants]]". Made harsher by the fact that nowadays, [[ButtMonkey bullying]] [[TheChewToy victims]] have often done pretty much the same, [[DrivenToSuicide or worse]] (just ask the corpse of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Phoebe_Prince Phoebe Prince]] or the many kids who come to school with weapons to get back at their tormentors and end up on the news for causing yet another school shooting).
24th Nov '16 3:10:35 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Stimpy. Really, is he as stupid as he often implies? Or is it just a false stupidity as a reason to be funny? Since it may be argued[[note]]Emphasis on "may".[[/note]] that it's incredibly smart to be a MadScientist.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Stimpy. Really, is he as stupid as he often implies? Or is it just a [[ObfuscatingStupidity false stupidity stupidity]] as a reason to be funny? Since it may be argued[[note]]Emphasis on "may".[[/note]] that it's incredibly smart to be a MadScientist.
17th Oct '16 12:43:14 PM Nopperabo
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** Maybe Stimpy is a {{genius ditz}}. Brilliant in the laboratory, [[CripplingOverspecialization breathtakingly stupid outside of it]].
15th Oct '16 8:31:44 AM tropower
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Stimpy. Really, is he as stupid as he often implies? Or is it just a false stupidity as a reason to be funny? Since it may be argued that it's incredibly smart to be a MadScientist.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Stimpy. Really, is he as stupid as he often implies? Or is it just a false stupidity as a reason to be funny? Since it may be argued argued[[note]]Emphasis on "may".[[/note]] that it's incredibly smart to be a MadScientist.



* HarsherInHindsight / FunnyAneurysmMoment: While it's less funny and more genuinely emotional, "The Littlest Giant", where Stimpy (playing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Littlest Giant]]) runs away from home after a long time of torture by [[{{Jerkass}} the mean]], [[CatsareMean larger giants]]. Made harsher by the fact that nowadays, [[ButtMonkey bullying]] [[TheChewToy victims]] have often done pretty much the same, [[DrivenToSuicide or worse]] (just ask the corpse of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Phoebe_Prince Phoebe Prince]] or the many kids who come to school with weapons to get back at their tormentors and end up on the news for causing yet another school shooting).

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* HarsherInHindsight / FunnyAneurysmMoment: While it's less funny and more genuinely emotional, "The Littlest Giant", where Stimpy (playing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Littlest Giant]]) runs away from home after a long time of torture by [[{{Jerkass}} "[[{{Jerkass}} the mean]], big]], [[CatsareMean larger giants]].mean giants]]". Made harsher by the fact that nowadays, [[ButtMonkey bullying]] [[TheChewToy victims]] have often done pretty much the same, [[DrivenToSuicide or worse]] (just ask the corpse of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Phoebe_Prince Phoebe Prince]] or the many kids who come to school with weapons to get back at their tormentors and end up on the news for causing yet another school shooting).
26th Sep '16 7:13:09 AM tropower
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** "You SICK LITTLE MONKEY!" [[note]] Ren hurling an insult at Stimpy for putting the Happy Helmet on him in "Stimpy's Invention", which morphed into an unofficial Catchphrase for Ren, [[BeamMeUpScotty even though he barely ever says the line in the series.]] [[/note]]

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** "You SICK LITTLE MONKEY!" [[note]] Ren hurling an insult at Stimpy for putting the Happy Helmet on him in "Stimpy's Invention", which morphed into an unofficial Catchphrase for Ren, [[BeamMeUpScotty even though he barely ever only says the line twice in the entire series.]] [[/note]][[/note]]"
*** Also from Stimpy's Invention, after Ren tries on Stimpy's stay put socks[[note]]Which are filled with glue.[[/note]]: "YOU FILTHY SWINE! [[IllKillYou I WILL '''''KEEL''''' YOU!!]]



** Actually, it would just be better to say that the entire series is an example. If there was an article called "Vindicated by Memetic Mutation", this show would be a prime example.



* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The show was Nickelodeon's first big breadwinner and hugely popular in its prime, and many of the shows elements, particularly it's humor and drawing style, were shocking and unprecedented when it first hit the air. As a result, it ended up becoming one of the most [[FollowTheLeader ripped off]] cartoons of all time, to TV cartoons what [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] is to animated features and what VideoGame/MarioKart is to racing games. Nearly everything the show pioneered that was considered unique and groundbreaking when it first appeared have since been so heavily imitated that they're now considered ubiquitous elements of contemporary cartoons--[[CreatorBacklash much to John K's chagrin]], since he felt that those cartoons only copied the many, many mistakes he made on the show, instead of what he felt he did right. Though, unlike most cases of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, this show is still as raunchy and disgusting as it was back in the 1990s (even more so, now that the fans who watched this as kids have grown up), so much so that it has a 12 rating in the UK (and the song "The Lord Loves a Hanging" song was cut, because the BBFC objected to portraying hanging oneself as a fun activity and not a painful, excruciating death) and Common Sense Media's website put this series as "Unsuitable for Anyone Under 15."

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The show was Nickelodeon's first big breadwinner and hugely popular in its prime, and many of the shows elements, particularly it's humor and drawing style, were shocking and unprecedented when it first hit the air. As a result, it ended up becoming one of the most [[FollowTheLeader ripped off]] cartoons of all time, to TV cartoons what [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] is to animated features and what VideoGame/MarioKart is to racing games. Nearly everything the show pioneered that was considered unique and groundbreaking when it first appeared have since been so heavily imitated that they're now considered ubiquitous elements of contemporary cartoons--[[CreatorBacklash much to John K's chagrin]], since he felt that those cartoons only copied the many, many mistakes he made on the show, instead of what he felt he did right. Though, unlike most cases of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, this show is still as raunchy raunchy[[note]]Although this part mainly applies to the later "Adult Party Cartoon" series, since, as the name indicates, that was made specifically for older viewers.[[/note]] and disgusting as it was back in the 1990s (even more so, now that the fans who watched this as kids have grown up), so much so that it has a 12 rating in the UK (and the song "The Lord Loves a Hanging" song was cut, because the BBFC objected to portraying hanging oneself as a fun activity and not a painful, excruciating death) and Common Sense Media's website put this series as "Unsuitable for Anyone Under 15.""[[note]]As disgusting as the original show can be, this also primarily applies to the "Adult Party Cartoon".[[/note]]



* '''''WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated Y-7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. Though, this could be sort of justified, since it aired in the early 90's, the era when it wasn't completely uncommon to have heavy themes in kid shows.
** The show also came in the earlier days of cable television, when it was known for edgier content that you could only to pay to see. Its relative newness also meant that nobody was really certain exactly ''who'' would be watching it.
* TheWoobie: Stimpy, at times. Especially true in "Son of Stimpy" and "The Littlest Giant".

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* '''''WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated Y-7 TV-Y7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. Though, this could be sort of justified, since it aired in the early 90's, the era when it wasn't completely uncommon to have heavy themes in kid shows.
** The show also came in the earlier days of during a time when cable television, when it television was known for starting to offer edgier content that you could only to pay to see. Its relative newness also This meant that nobody was really certain exactly ''who'' would be watching it.
* TheWoobie: Stimpy, at times. Especially true in "Son of Stimpy" and "The Littlest Giant".[[note]]Though in the former, it's more of a parody of this trope, since Stimpy is really just being an "eediot", and thus is really inflicting it on himself.[[/note]]
7th Sep '16 12:54:57 PM Clanger00
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** The romantic tension between Powdered Toast Man (whose secret identity is that of a clergyman) and his Catholic schoolgirl assistant. After the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandals of the 2000s, this comes off as ''really'' unsettling (though the only good thing you can take from this is, "At least the lovely assistant wasn't a boy. ''Then'' it would have been unwatchably awkward.")

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** The romantic tension between Powdered Toast Man (whose secret identity is that of a clergyman) and his Catholic schoolgirl assistant. After the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandals of the 2000s, this comes off as ''really'' unsettling (though the only good thing you can take from this is, "At least the lovely assistant wasn't a boy. ''Then'' it would have been unwatchably awkward.")unsettling.
7th Aug '16 6:27:06 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: George Liquor (American) is by far the most polarizing character of the show. He's either, while very disciplinary, an entertaining foil to Ren and Stimpy, or he's a harsh, unlikable asshole who puts Ren and Stimpy through hell to get them where he wants them to be. The fact that he's John K.'s CreatorsPet nowadays doesn't help matters.

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* BaseBreaker: BaseBreakingCharacter: George Liquor (American) is by far the most polarizing character of the show. He's either, while very disciplinary, an entertaining foil to Ren and Stimpy, or he's a harsh, unlikable asshole who puts Ren and Stimpy through hell to get them where he wants them to be. The fact that he's John K.'s CreatorsPet nowadays doesn't help matters.
24th Jul '16 6:19:44 AM WhatArtThee
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* '''''WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated Y-7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], [[HoYay homosexual undertones]] between the main characters, BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. Though, this could be sort of justified, since it aired in the early 90's, the era when it wasn't completely uncommon to have heavy themes in kid shows.

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* '''''WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated Y-7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], [[HoYay homosexual undertones]] between the main characters, BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. Though, this could be sort of justified, since it aired in the early 90's, the era when it wasn't completely uncommon to have heavy themes in kid shows.
14th Jul '16 4:49:11 PM TheBuddy26
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* '''''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids]]:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated Y-7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], [[HoYay homosexual undertones]] between the main characters, BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. Though, this could be sort of justified, since it aired in the early 90's, the era when it wasn't completely uncommon to have heavy themes in kid shows.

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* '''''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids]]:''''' '''''WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:''''' Just look up an episode. Any episode. You '''will''' be surprised when you find out that it was rated Y-7 during its airtime, while containing suicidal jokes, the use of the word crap and loosely censored "hell", racist jokes, tons of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Ren's disturbingly realistic [[AxCrazy mental breakdowns]], [[HoYay homosexual undertones]] between the main characters, BodyHorror, loads of BlackComedy and disturbing images, among many other things. Though, this could be sort of justified, since it aired in the early 90's, the era when it wasn't completely uncommon to have heavy themes in kid shows.
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