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** During all of this, John Kricfalusi was near-constantly holed up in his office to avoid confrontation, leaving others to the heavy lifting on his cartoons for him, and [[BadBoss an outright terror of a director to work for]]. One scene of Stimpy shaking his butt in ''Stimpy's Invention'' was re-animated '''sixteen''' times until it met John's approval. Historian Jerry Beck distinctly remembers visiting the studio and finding out John was so obsessed with finding the right color for the present Stimpy hands Ren that the walls were lined with over ''50'' different cels of the same present in different colors, likening it to a scene out of ''Film/TheShining'' (ironically, John ended up working with one of the initial color choices). He also pushed voice actors like Creator/BillyWest to their limits and beyond, with West even getting damage to his vocal cords from the grueling recording sessions. Worst of all was John's complete lack of professionalism and willingness to make his baggage other people's problems, such as firing storyboard artist Chris Recardi [[KickTheDog solely for dating John's ex-girlfriend Lynne Naylor]] (Recardi and Laylor married two years after John was fired, proving what little good this did). Kricfalusi also rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Sven Höek" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, and only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite episode.]] And when ''Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman'' initially only credited Recardi for directing after John was fired from the show, John was so enraged that he threatened to sue Nickelodeon for millions if he wasn't properly credited on the film (Nick relented and put his name on the credits).

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** During all of this, John Kricfalusi was near-constantly holed up in his office to avoid confrontation, leaving others to the heavy lifting on his cartoons for him, and [[BadBoss an outright terror of a director to work for]]. One scene of Stimpy shaking his butt in ''Stimpy's Invention'' was re-animated '''sixteen''' times until it met John's approval. Historian Jerry Beck distinctly remembers visiting the studio and finding out John was so obsessed with finding the right color for the present Stimpy hands Ren that the walls were lined with over ''50'' different cels of the same present in different colors, likening it to a scene out of ''Film/TheShining'' (ironically, John ended up working with one of the initial color choices). He also pushed voice actors like Creator/BillyWest to their limits and beyond, with West even getting damage to his vocal cords from the grueling recording sessions. Worst of all was John's complete lack of professionalism and willingness to make his baggage other people's problems, such as firing storyboard artist Chris Recardi Reccardi [[KickTheDog solely for dating John's ex-girlfriend Lynne Naylor]] (Recardi (Reccardi and Laylor married two years after John was fired, fired and [[HappilyMarried remained together until Reccardi's sudden death in 2019]], proving what little good this did). Kricfalusi also rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Sven Höek" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, and only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite episode.]] And when ''Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman'' initially only credited Recardi Reccardi for directing after John was fired from the show, John was so enraged that he threatened to sue Nickelodeon for millions if he wasn't properly credited on the film (Nick relented and put his name on the credits).


* ScheduleSlip: The main reason Spumco and John K were fired from the show. From the very beginning, episodes weren't being completed in time thanks to Kricfalusi's perfectionism, forcing Nick to re-air the first episode "Stimpy's Big Day/The Big Shot" in the time slot designated for the second episode. "Black Hole/Stimpy's Invention" was delayed ''a full year'' before finally airing in in February of 1992 (and [[AnimationBump it shows]]). Not only did it kill any chance of syndication, it wasted a lot of the station's money from advertisers. Season 2 improved only marginally and Kricfalusi's bad attitude did nothing to convince Nick that it was worth their time and money to keep letting this happen. When Kricfalusi outright bit the hand that fed him by sending Nickelodeon a StronglyWordedLetter saying "Spumco episodes will cost what they cost and take as long as they need," Nickelodeon finally got fed up and fired him. Even after the move to Games, the staff couldn't catch up fast enough to prevent further delays.

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* ScheduleSlip: The main reason Spumco and John K were fired from the show. From the very beginning, episodes weren't being completed in time thanks to Kricfalusi's perfectionism, forcing Nick to re-air the first episode "Stimpy's Big Day/The Big Shot" in the time slot designated for the second episode. "Black Hole/Stimpy's Invention" was delayed ''a full year'' before finally airing in in February of 1992 (and [[AnimationBump it shows]]). Not only did it kill any chance of syndication, it wasted a lot of the station's money from advertisers. Several of the Spumco artists were forced to do work on ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' just to stay on Nick's payroll, if they weren't being paid out of Kricfalusi's pocket. Season 2 improved only marginally and Kricfalusi's bad attitude did nothing to convince Nick that it was worth their time and money to keep letting this happen. When Kricfalusi outright bit the hand that fed him by sending Nickelodeon a StronglyWordedLetter saying "Spumco episodes will cost what they cost and take as long as they need," Nickelodeon finally got fed up and fired him. Even after the move to Games, the staff couldn't catch up fast enough to prevent further delays.


** Series co-creator Bob Camp, who likened his relationship to John as that of having an abusive father and still carries psychological scars to this day, was dogged by the stigma of having directed the less-popular Games Animation episodes of the series for years after the series ended. Per his word, Kricfalusi had personally appointed him as his successor after his firing, then [[KickTheDog stabbed him in the back]] by launching a smear campaign as soon as he had the chance by calling Camp [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss a sellout and backstabber to Spumco]] in the magazine "Wild Cartoon Kingdom," on [[Blog/JohnKStuff his notorious blog]] and the DVD commentaries, and the "he said/she said" nature of the story made many wary to take his side and though Camp was still able to get steady work as a storyboard artist, he was very unpopular among Kricfalusi apologists (it's worth noting that Camp was not only responsible for the show, which never recovered from it's budget or schedule problems despite his efforts, but for his then-newborn son and unlike Kricfalusi, never got royalties from the show, nor was he even invited to participate in the DVD box sets to give his side of the story). It took years for the general public to come around to Camp's side about John K's prima donna behavior to the point that he's seen as the "true" creative force of the show and not Kricfalusi.

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** Series co-creator Bob Camp, who likened his relationship to John as that of having an abusive father and still carries psychological scars to this day, was dogged by the stigma of having directed the less-popular Games Animation episodes of the series for years after the series ended. Per his word, Kricfalusi had personally appointed him as his successor after his firing, then [[KickTheDog stabbed him in the back]] by launching a smear campaign as soon as he had the chance by calling Camp [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss a sellout and backstabber to Spumco]] in the magazine "Wild Cartoon Kingdom," on [[Blog/JohnKStuff his notorious blog]] and the DVD commentaries, and the "he said/she said" nature of the story made many wary to take his side and though side. Camp was still able to get steady work as a storyboard artist, he but was very unpopular among Kricfalusi apologists (it's worth noting that Camp was not only responsible for the show, which never recovered from it's budget or schedule problems despite his efforts, but for his then-newborn son and unlike Kricfalusi, never got royalties from the show, nor was he even invited to participate in the DVD box sets to give his side of the story). It took years for the general public to come around to Camp's side about John K's prima donna behavior to the point that he's seen as the "true" creative force of the show and not Kricfalusi.


** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and his second attempt at ''Ren and Stimpy'' bombed even harder. Outside of this, Spumco would only produce a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station [=IDs=], before getting sued into bankruptcy in 2008, with John K's only other work of note being [[Blog/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.

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** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'' and occasional gigs in the alternative comedy scene, few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and his second attempt at ''Ren and Stimpy'' bombed even harder. Outside of this, Spumco would only produce a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station [=IDs=], before getting sued into bankruptcy in 2008, with John K's only other work of note being [[Blog/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.


** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and he otherwise produced only a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station [=IDs=], over the next few decades, with his own only work of note being [[Blog/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.

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** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and he otherwise produced his second attempt at ''Ren and Stimpy'' bombed even harder. Outside of this, Spumco would only produce a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station [=IDs=], over the next few decades, before getting sued into bankruptcy in 2008, with his own John K's only other work of note being [[Blog/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.


** Series co-creator Bob Camp, who likened his relationship to John as that of having an abusive father and still carries psychological scars to this day, was dogged by the stigma of having directed the less-popular Games Animation episodes of the series for years after the series ended. Per his word, Kricfalusi had personally appointed him as his successor after his firing, then [[KickTheDog stabbed him in the back]] by launching a smear campaign as soon as he had the chance by calling Camp [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss a sellout and backstabber to Spumco]] in the magazine "Wild Cartoon Kingdom," on [[Website/JohnKStuff his notorious blog]] and the DVD commentaries, and the "he said/she said" nature of the story made many wary to take his side and though Camp was still able to get steady work as a storyboard artist, he was very unpopular among Kricfalusi apologists (it's worth noting that Camp was not only responsible for the show, which never recovered from it's budget or schedule problems despite his efforts, but for his then-newborn son and unlike Kricfalusi, never got royalties from the show, nor was he even invited to participate in the DVD box sets to give his side of the story). It took years for the general public to come around to Camp's side about John K's prima donna behavior to the point that he's seen as the "true" creative force of the show and not Kricfalusi.

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** Series co-creator Bob Camp, who likened his relationship to John as that of having an abusive father and still carries psychological scars to this day, was dogged by the stigma of having directed the less-popular Games Animation episodes of the series for years after the series ended. Per his word, Kricfalusi had personally appointed him as his successor after his firing, then [[KickTheDog stabbed him in the back]] by launching a smear campaign as soon as he had the chance by calling Camp [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss a sellout and backstabber to Spumco]] in the magazine "Wild Cartoon Kingdom," on [[Website/JohnKStuff [[Blog/JohnKStuff his notorious blog]] and the DVD commentaries, and the "he said/she said" nature of the story made many wary to take his side and though Camp was still able to get steady work as a storyboard artist, he was very unpopular among Kricfalusi apologists (it's worth noting that Camp was not only responsible for the show, which never recovered from it's budget or schedule problems despite his efforts, but for his then-newborn son and unlike Kricfalusi, never got royalties from the show, nor was he even invited to participate in the DVD box sets to give his side of the story). It took years for the general public to come around to Camp's side about John K's prima donna behavior to the point that he's seen as the "true" creative force of the show and not Kricfalusi.



** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and he otherwise produced only a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station IDs, over the next few decades, with his own only work of note being [[Website/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.

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** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and he otherwise produced only a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station IDs, [=IDs=], over the next few decades, with his own only work of note being [[Website/JohnKStuff [[Blog/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.


* CreatorKiller:
** Series co-creator Bob Camp's career was destroyed due to the divisive reception of the post-John K. episodes he directed at the time, as well as John K., who Camp claimed approved him directed ''Ren and Stimpy'' in his steed, [[KickTheDog proceeding to stab him in the back]] and launch a smear campaign against the Games era ''Ren and Stimpy'' episodes in magazines like "Wild Cartoon Kingdom", [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss painting Bob Camp as a sellout and backstabber to Spumco]] (Camp, mind you, had a family and a whole studio to care for and had to work very hard to keep ''Ren and Stimpy'' from missing deadlines and going over-budget again like it did during John's run) and after the show ended, he was basically a pariah in the animation industry and it was difficult for him to find steady work again, and the whole experience left him with serious psychological scars that linger to this day. To add insult to injury, John K used the DVD commentaries on the later ''Ren and Stimpy'' boxsets to continue painting Camp and his cartoons in a bad light purely to spite Camp [[{{Hypocrite}} for "backstabbing" him on the original show]], and unlike Camp, Kricfalusi got royalties from both the show and the commentaries, and Bob himself wasn't even invited to do any commentaries for his episodes. It took Bob years before he gradually [[CareerResurrection got his reputation and animation career back together]] when John K's prima donna behavior came to light and Camp was finally able to get people to believe his side of the story.

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* CreatorKiller:
** Series co-creator Bob Camp's career was destroyed due to
CreatorKiller: After his firing, John Kricfalusi, having let the divisive reception success of the post-John K. episodes he directed at the time, as well as John K., who Camp claimed approved him directed ''Ren and Stimpy'' in show go to his steed, [[KickTheDog proceeding head, went out of his way to stab him in the back]] and launch a smear campaign against the Games era ''Ren Animation and Stimpy'' ex-Spumco staff who stayed with them, painting himself as a martyr wrongfully expunged from his own creation and painting all of his former staff members who continued to work on the show [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass as cowardly sell-outs and traitors to Spumco.]]
** Series co-creator Bob Camp, who likened his relationship to John as that of having an abusive father and still carries psychological scars to this day, was dogged by the stigma of having directed the less-popular Games Animation
episodes of the series for years after the series ended. Per his word, Kricfalusi had personally appointed him as his successor after his firing, then [[KickTheDog stabbed him in magazines like "Wild Cartoon Kingdom", the back]] by launching a smear campaign as soon as he had the chance by calling Camp [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss painting Bob Camp as a sellout and backstabber to Spumco]] (Camp, mind you, had a family and a whole studio to care for and had to work very hard to keep ''Ren and Stimpy'' from missing deadlines and going over-budget again like it did during John's run) and after the show ended, he was basically a pariah in the animation industry magazine "Wild Cartoon Kingdom," on [[Website/JohnKStuff his notorious blog]] and it the DVD commentaries, and the "he said/she said" nature of the story made many wary to take his side and though Camp was difficult for him still able to find get steady work again, and the whole experience left him with serious psychological scars as a storyboard artist, he was very unpopular among Kricfalusi apologists (it's worth noting that linger to this day. To add insult to injury, John K used the DVD commentaries on the later ''Ren and Stimpy'' boxsets to continue painting Camp and was not only responsible for the show, which never recovered from it's budget or schedule problems despite his cartoons in a bad light purely to spite Camp [[{{Hypocrite}} efforts, but for "backstabbing" him on the original show]], his then-newborn son and unlike Camp, Kricfalusi Kricfalusi, never got royalties from both the show and the commentaries, and Bob himself wasn't show, nor was he even invited to do any commentaries for participate in the DVD box sets to give his episodes. side of the story). It took Bob years before he gradually [[CareerResurrection got his reputation and animation career back together]] when for the general public to come around to Camp's side about John K's prima donna behavior came to light and Camp was finally able to get people to believe his side the point that he's seen as the "true" creative force of the story.show and not Kricfalusi.



** Many other staff members deliberately avoided talking about John K. for many years out of fear of being similarly stonewalled or blacklisted due to the clout John ending up holding over the industry due to ''Ren and Stimpy'''s popularity which lingered until he was eventually outed as a pedophile, at which point all bets were off.



** Kricfalusi's own career never reached the heights of this show ever again and gradually crumbled into nothingness over the 25 years following his firing. While he maintained some popularity as an artist and had some success with ''WebAnimation/TheGoddamnGeorgeLiquorProgram'', few were willing to work with him due to his reputation of being difficult. His [[WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends one other attempt at a TV show]] flopped and he otherwise produced only a handful of short subject material, such as commercials, music videos and station IDs, over the next few decades, with his own only work of note being [[Website/JohnKStuff his extremely controversial blog]]. By the time his pedophilia came to light, he barely had a career to speak of any more.



** And this is all to say nothing of the air of controversy the staff had to work through. After his firing, Kricfalusi, having let the success of the show go to his head, went out of his way to launch a smear campaign against Games Animation and ex-Spumco staff who stayed with them, painting himself as a martyr wrongfully expunged from his own creation and painting staff he abused like Bob Camp (who likened his relationship to John as that of having an abusive father) and Bill Wray [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass as cowardly sell-outs and traitors to Spumco.]] Bob Camp's career was almost destroyed by the subsequent backlash against the later Ren and Stimpy's, making him a pariah in the animation industry, and it took decades for him to rebuild his reputation, while Bill Wray outright retired from animation for years due to the fallout. And many other staff outright refused to talk about John for years out of fear of being stonewalled or blacklisted due to the clout John ending up holding over the industry (of course, once the pedophilia allegations against him came out, all bets were off).


** Many of the season 1 episodes were massacred by bad outsourcing, due in part to work from Creator/FilCartoons, a literal sweatshop studio in the Philippines with poor working conditions and such dismal pay that employees were forced to sleep there. The studio handled ink-and-paint work for the entire first season, and more often than not heavily ruined many scenes due to their all-around cheap Xeroxing, ugly colors and even "reworking" drawings or whole scenes of animation without the consent of Spumco; there were even some unintentional (rather than purposeful) OffModel moments, such as Stimpy's eyes inexplicably turning black in the "Stimpy's Breakfast Tips" [[note]] It was supposed to be a placeholder for a separate level of animation photographed in front of it, specifically of Stimpy's actual eyes, but that bit of animation was thrown out [[/note]] and Ren accidentally having two elephant trunks on him instead of one in "Black Hole". [[note]] specifically, Ren's trunk is supposed to shift off to the side when he looks at his watch, but a mistake left the animated part of his trunk moving, but with a top drawing of his trunk kept static above it, making it seem like he now has two trunks [[/note]]. Carbunkle director Bob Jacques had to fight tooth and claw to get the studio to turn in acceptable work for episodes like "Stimpy's Invention" (and even then the sporadic error slipped in, such as Stimpy's eyes floating off his face when he's showing Ren his new socks), and described the experience of working with them as "all damage control" and called them "the cheapest shithole studio Ive ever had the displeasure to work at." And Kricfalusi rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Stimpy's Invention" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, and only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite episode.]]

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** Many of the season 1 episodes were massacred by bad outsourcing, due in part to work from Creator/FilCartoons, a literal sweatshop studio in the Philippines with poor working conditions and such dismal pay that employees were forced to sleep there. The studio handled ink-and-paint work for the entire first season, and more often than not heavily ruined many scenes due to their all-around cheap Xeroxing, ugly colors and even "reworking" drawings or whole scenes of animation without the consent of Spumco; there were even some unintentional (rather than purposeful) OffModel moments, such as Stimpy's eyes inexplicably turning black in the "Stimpy's Breakfast Tips" [[note]] It was supposed to be a placeholder for a separate level of animation photographed in front of it, specifically of Stimpy's actual eyes, but that bit of animation was thrown out [[/note]] and Ren accidentally having two elephant trunks on him instead of one in "Black Hole". [[note]] specifically, Ren's trunk is supposed to shift off to the side when he looks at his watch, but a mistake left the animated part of his trunk moving, but with a top drawing of his trunk kept static above it, making it seem like he now has two trunks [[/note]]. Carbunkle director Bob Jacques had to fight tooth and claw to get the studio to turn in acceptable work for episodes like "Stimpy's Invention" (and even then the sporadic error slipped in, such as Stimpy's eyes floating off his face when he's showing Ren his new socks), and described the experience of working with them as "all damage control" and called them "the cheapest shithole studio Ive I've ever had the displeasure to work at." And Kricfalusi rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Stimpy's Invention" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, The second season switched to digital ink and only began praising the cartoon when it became paint, presumably to avoid further problems like this, which came with it's own set of problems, being such a fan favorite episode.]]new and still very rudimentary form of technology.



** On top of all that, John Kricfalusi was by almost all accounts either holed up in his office constantly and leaving others to the heavy lifting on his cartoons for him or [[BadBoss an outright terror of a director to work for]]. One scene of Stimpy shaking his butt in ''Stimpy's Invention'' took a whopping '''sixteen''' tries until it met John's approval. Historian Jerry Beck distinctly remembers visiting the studio and finding out John was so obsessed with finding the right color for the present Stimpy hands Ren that the walls were lined with over ''50'' different cels of the same present in different colors, likening it to a scene out of ''Film/TheShining'' (ironically, John ended up working with one of the initial color choices). He also pushed voice actors like Creator/BillyWest to their limits and beyond, with West even getting damage to his vocal cords from the grueling recording sessions. On top of all that was John's complete lack of professionalism; he was more than willing to bring his personal problems into the arena, such as firing co-worker Chris Recardi [[KickTheDog solely for dating John's ex-girlfriend Lynne Naylor]] (who had just broken up with John). And when ''Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman'' initially only credited Recardi for directing after John was fired from the show, John was so enraged that he threatened to sue Nickelodeon for millions if he wasn't properly credited on the film (Nick relented and put his name on the credits).

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** On top of During all that, of this, John Kricfalusi was by almost all accounts either near-constantly holed up in his office constantly and to avoid confrontation, leaving others to the heavy lifting on his cartoons for him or him, and [[BadBoss an outright terror of a director to work for]]. One scene of Stimpy shaking his butt in ''Stimpy's Invention'' took a whopping was re-animated '''sixteen''' tries times until it met John's approval. Historian Jerry Beck distinctly remembers visiting the studio and finding out John was so obsessed with finding the right color for the present Stimpy hands Ren that the walls were lined with over ''50'' different cels of the same present in different colors, likening it to a scene out of ''Film/TheShining'' (ironically, John ended up working with one of the initial color choices). He also pushed voice actors like Creator/BillyWest to their limits and beyond, with West even getting damage to his vocal cords from the grueling recording sessions. On top Worst of all that was John's complete lack of professionalism; he was more than willing professionalism and willingness to bring make his personal problems into the arena, baggage other people's problems, such as firing co-worker storyboard artist Chris Recardi [[KickTheDog solely for dating John's ex-girlfriend Lynne Naylor]] (who had just broken up with John). (Recardi and Laylor married two years after John was fired, proving what little good this did). Kricfalusi also rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Sven Höek" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, and only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite episode.]] And when ''Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman'' initially only credited Recardi for directing after John was fired from the show, John was so enraged that he threatened to sue Nickelodeon for millions if he wasn't properly credited on the film (Nick relented and put his name on the credits).


** Jim Smith co-wrote the opening and closing music and, with Chris Reccardi, performed it in their band Die Screamin’ Lederhosen. Chris Reccardi also wrong the music for "Happy Happy Joy Joy."

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** Jim Smith co-wrote the opening and closing music and, with Chris Reccardi, performed it in their band Die Screamin’ Lederhosen. Chris Reccardi wrote much of the show's original music. He and Jim Smith, with their band, Die Screamin’ Lederhosen, wrote and performed both the theme song and credits song. He also wrong wrote the music for "Happy Happy Joy Joy."



** Many of the season 1 episodes were massacred by bad outsourcing, due in part to work from the cheapskate, sweatshop conditions of Creator/FilCartoons, who handled ink-and-paint work for the entire first season, and more often than not heavily ruined many scenes due to their all-around cheap Xeroxing, ugly colors and even "reworking" drawings or whole scenes of animation without the consent of Spumco; there were even some unintentional (rather than purposeful) OffModel moments, such as Stimpy's eyes inexplicably turning black in the "Stimpy's Breakfast Tips" [[note]] It was supposed to be a placeholder for a separate level of animation photographed in front of it, specifically of Stimpy's actual eyes, but that bit of animation was thrown out [[/note]] and Ren accidentally having two elephant trunks on him instead of one in "Black Hole". [[note]] specifically, Ren's trunk is supposed to shift off to the side when he looks at his watch, but a mistake left the animated part of his trunk moving, but with a top drawing of his trunk kept static above it, making it seem like he now has two trunks [[/note]]. Carbunkle director Bob Jacques had to fight tooth and claw to get the studio to turn in acceptable work for episodes like "Stimpy's Invention" (and even then the sporadic error slipped in, such as Stimpy's eyes floating off his face when he's showing Ren his new socks), and described the experience of working with them as "all damage control" and called them "the cheapest shithole studio Ive ever had the displeasure to work at." And Kricfalusi rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Stimpy's Invention" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, and only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite episode.]]

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** Many of the season 1 episodes were massacred by bad outsourcing, due in part to work from the cheapskate, sweatshop conditions of Creator/FilCartoons, who a literal sweatshop studio in the Philippines with poor working conditions and such dismal pay that employees were forced to sleep there. The studio handled ink-and-paint work for the entire first season, and more often than not heavily ruined many scenes due to their all-around cheap Xeroxing, ugly colors and even "reworking" drawings or whole scenes of animation without the consent of Spumco; there were even some unintentional (rather than purposeful) OffModel moments, such as Stimpy's eyes inexplicably turning black in the "Stimpy's Breakfast Tips" [[note]] It was supposed to be a placeholder for a separate level of animation photographed in front of it, specifically of Stimpy's actual eyes, but that bit of animation was thrown out [[/note]] and Ren accidentally having two elephant trunks on him instead of one in "Black Hole". [[note]] specifically, Ren's trunk is supposed to shift off to the side when he looks at his watch, but a mistake left the animated part of his trunk moving, but with a top drawing of his trunk kept static above it, making it seem like he now has two trunks [[/note]]. Carbunkle director Bob Jacques had to fight tooth and claw to get the studio to turn in acceptable work for episodes like "Stimpy's Invention" (and even then the sporadic error slipped in, such as Stimpy's eyes floating off his face when he's showing Ren his new socks), and described the experience of working with them as "all damage control" and called them "the cheapest shithole studio Ive ever had the displeasure to work at." And Kricfalusi rewarded Bob Jacques for his hard work on "Stimpy's Invention" by [[UngratefulBastard spending hours chewing him out over the phone for how "Disney like" the cartoon looked, and only began praising the cartoon when it became a fan favorite episode.]]


** Billy West replaced John Kricfalusi as Ren when Kricfalusi was fired, which is funny because West originally auditioned to play both ''Ren and Stimpy'' when the show was in pre-production. West also took over as the voice of Mr. Horse and Mrs. Buttloaves following Kricfalusi's termination.[[note]]For the record, West began as Ren during season 2, as certain episodes during that time were finished by the Games crew (and thus, were in various stages of production, including voice acting). Examples of season 2 episodes where West voices Ren include the "What will we do till then?" sketch from the end of "Sven Hoek", "Monkey See, Monkey Don't", the oath segment in-between "Stimpy's Fan Club", "The Great Outdoors/The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball", and a few random lines in "A Visit to Anthony".[[/note]]

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** Billy West replaced John Kricfalusi as Ren when Kricfalusi was fired, which is funny because West both this ''and'' TheOriginalDarrin, as he was originally auditioned to play cast as both ''Ren and Stimpy'' leads when the show was in pre-production. being pitched before John Kricfalusi changed his mind and decided to do Ren instead. West also took over as the voice role of Ren, as well as Mr. Horse and Mrs. Buttloaves following Kricfalusi's termination.[[note]]For the record, West began as Ren during season 2, as certain episodes during that time were finished by the Games crew (and thus, were in various stages of production, including voice acting). Examples of also recorded lines for season 2 episodes where West voices Ren include the "What will we do till then?" sketch from the end of "Sven Hoek", "Monkey See, Monkey Don't", the oath segment in-between "Stimpy's Fan Club", "The Great Outdoors/The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball", and a few random lines in "A Visit which began production at Spumco but finished at Games and, therefore, Kricfalusi was unable to Anthony".[[/note]]finish himself.


** Nickelodeon green-lighting their first original show from a studio that had never produced animation (up until this time, Spumco had been an illustration company) turned out to be the blind leading the blind. According to Bob Camp, there was poor communication regarding creative control from then-network head Linda Simensky, who outright told the crew that they had carte blanche to do whatever they wanted without making it clear exactly what content she would need to reign them in on. The result was constant disagreement and confusion between both parties on an issue-to-issue basis. The executives also didn't understand the show's particular brand of absurdist filmmaking like jump cuts or {{gross up close up}}s when shown the storyboards, forcing the crew to over-explain most of the more bizarre gags (this [[DontExplainTheJoke obviously didn't help the network's faith]]). Because of John K.'s insistence that the show not use scripts, only storyboards, he had to fly to New York every time the network needed to approve stories. Each storyboard took two months to complete and be approved. Bob Camp admitted that the crew had too much of a "shitty 'fuck you' attitude" that the network wasn't prepared to deal with.

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** Nickelodeon green-lighting their first original show from a studio that had never produced animation (up until this time, Spumco had been an illustration company) turned out to be the blind leading the blind. According to Bob Camp, there was poor communication regarding creative control from then-network head Linda Simensky, who outright told the crew that they had carte blanche to do whatever they wanted without making it clear exactly what on content she would need to reign them in on.under the incorrect assumption that they shared a consensus of just how far "too far" was. The result was constant disagreement and confusion between both parties on an issue-to-issue basis. The executives also didn't understand the show's particular brand of absurdist filmmaking like jump cuts or {{gross up close up}}s when shown the storyboards, forcing the crew to over-explain most of the more bizarre gags (this [[DontExplainTheJoke obviously didn't help the network's faith]]). Because of John K.'s insistence that the show not use scripts, only storyboards, he had to fly to New York every time the network needed to approve stories. Each storyboard took two months to complete and be approved. Bob Camp admitted that the crew had too much of a "shitty 'fuck you' attitude" that the network wasn't prepared to deal with.


** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were George Liquor and Anthony's dad from "A Visit To Anthony", both of whom [[WriteWhatYouKnow partially based on John K's own father]] and Nickelodeon felt that both characters were too psychotic and too close to real-life AbusiveParents.

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** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were George Liquor and Anthony's dad from "A Visit To Anthony", both of whom were [[WriteWhatYouKnow partially based on John K's own father]] and Nickelodeon felt that both characters were too psychotic and too close to real-life AbusiveParents.


** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were George Liquor and that dad character from "A Visit To Anthony", both of whom [[WriteWhatYouKnow partially based on John K's own father]] and Nickelodeon felt that both characters were too psychotic and too close to real-life AbusiveParents.

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** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were George Liquor and that Anthony's dad character from "A Visit To Anthony", both of whom [[WriteWhatYouKnow partially based on John K's own father]] and Nickelodeon felt that both characters were too psychotic and too close to real-life AbusiveParents.


** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were characters like George Liquor and that dad character from "A Visit To Anthony", who were both partially based on John K's own father and Nickelodeon felt like both characters were too psychotic and close to real-life AbusiveParents.

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** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were characters like George Liquor and that dad character from "A Visit To Anthony", who were both of whom [[WriteWhatYouKnow partially based on John K's own father father]] and Nickelodeon felt like that both characters were too psychotic and too close to real-life AbusiveParents.

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** Nickelodeon's biggest issue with the show's content were characters like George Liquor and that dad character from "A Visit To Anthony", who were both partially based on John K's own father and Nickelodeon felt like both characters were too psychotic and close to real-life AbusiveParents.

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