Recap / Renand Stimpy3x 04 Stimpys Cartoon Show

Stimpy wants to make a cartoon to impress his idol, the decaying, senile Godfather of Animation, Wilbur Cobb. Ren, who has no talent, is made the producer and proceeds to work Stimpy to the bone while he does nothing in return. When the cartoon's finished, they take it to Wilbur Cobb and the episode ends with the cartoon finally being shown.

Stimpy's Cartoon Show contains examples of...

  • Audience Surrogate: After Wilbur Cobb's nonsensical rant which serves no purpose outside of keeping us in suspense, Ren and Stimpy beg him to put Stimpy's long-awaited cartoon on.
  • Body Horror: Wilbur Cobb seems like an ordinary senile old man, but throughout his introduction it's revealed that he's literally falling apart, although he remains blissfully unaware of it. Underneath his glasses, his eyes are just shrunken holes, both his arms fall off, then inexplicably get reattached, and his left ear rots off and falls on Stimpy's head. He's basically a walking talking corpse
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Wilbur Cobb.
  • Gainax Ending: The ending reveals Wilbur Cobb is in fact in a jail cell, before he submits himself along with Ren and Stimpy to the electric chair.
  • Mockumentary Most of the episode is about Stimpy engaged in the tedious, time consuming, and boring animation process. It shows Stimpy drawing individual animation cels, creating story boards, taking camera shots of each cel, editing the footage, and finally submitting the finished product for approval. All the while The Producer (which is Ren) does nothing except boss Stimpy around, crush his spirit by giving the axe to most of Stimpy's Story Boards, charge Stimpy money for supplies and lay around like he's on vacation. At one point Stimpy is so desperate for animation cels that he slices off pieces of a log as thinly as possible to create them (though Stimpy mistakenly believed that he needed to draw 1000 frames per second, so the dwindling supplies were more his fault than Ren's).
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Wilbur Cobb gets some impressive examples of this trope.
    Cobb: World War I. So there I was, up to my elbows in Nazis! But don't get me wrong. I'll eat just about anything, so long as it's easy to swallow!
  • Stylistic Suck: Stimpy's cartoon, animated by writer Ron Hauge.
  • Take That!:
    • According to the DVD commentary, the idea for the episode was that it was meant to be an allegory of "Artists Vs. Non Artists" related to John K's experiences in the animation industry battling with executives over content.
    • When the episode was finished without Krisfalusi, the remaining creative team changed the role from executive to producer, basically pointing out how he was Not So Different in his stifling of the creative process. Some of the stuff Ren does as a producer is apparently similar to how John K. himself acted when in charge of Ren and Stimpy. Ren even wears horn-rimmed glasses similar to the ones John wore.
    • Stimpy's explanation to Ren of what a Producer does certainly quslifies. "The Producer's the guy who tells the cartoonists what to do and then takes all the credit."
    • "Lots of people make cartoons that can't draw!" It's not directed at anyone specifically, but the intention is there.
  • Tears of Joy: Stimpy after his cartoon finally gets him the respect of his idol, Wilbur Cobb.