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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Fans of the Ren and Stimpy Show, old and new, universally agreed that reviving a show already known for its over-the-top vulgarity and melodrama and making it even more vulgar and melodramatic wasn't a good idea. The drama becomes too ludicrous, if not insincere, the depravity and overall grossness is downright unpleasant and the result is that none of the jokes are funny. It's no wonder the show was a flop.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The opening of "Altruists," where Ren is just beating the shit out of Stimpy for no reason for about a minute before the two turn their attention to a crying woman nearby. Word of God says that this is an homage to The Three Stooges shorts which would often begin like this.
  • Broken Base:
    • Adult Party Cartoon itself was either vulgar fun that gave John K. a second chance or it was the worst thing ever done to the legacy of the Ren and Stimpy Show, with most fans settling into the latter camp.
    • "Ren Seeks Help": It's either the strongest episode in the Adult Party Cartoon series (as it's the only one with any true story structure), or it's the most ghastly; the point of contention lies within its scenes of graphic animal cruelty. Some say it's just the episode that sucks the least.
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  • Character Rerailment: Zigzagged. Ren's psychotic behaviour is flanderized even further in this series, but his one defining redeeming quality in the Spumco seasons of the original series (his begrudging care for Stimpy) is often maintained, compared to the Games Animation-era episodes, where Ren was often characterized as (relatively) more lucid, but unrepentantly selfish and callous, barely able to tolerate Stimpy.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: John K has often expressed his disdain for "fake pathos" (i.e., the idea that it doesn't take that much from the writer to get an audience to cry). However, while the original show often undercut its Comedic Sociopathy with moments of perceived sentimentality, a major complaint of this show is that it was just nonstop, meaningless cruelty, vulgarity and sadism with no pathos at all to balance it out. Older fans slowly came around to the Games Animation episodes as a result, saying that a Lighter and Softer Ren and Stimpy was more tolerable than a downright nihilistic one and that John K. needed the Nick executives far more than they needed him.
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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "Man's Best Friend". By thrashing George Liquor half to death with an oar, Ren earns his approval and praise for being such a good guard dog. Ren and Stimpy are then rewarded with doggie treats, and the three of them dance happily to an upbeat Raymond Scott song. (The aforementioned thrashing was one of the things that pissed off Nickelodeon and led to them firing John later.)
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans of the original Nickelodeon episode of the show wished they could forget it, moreso than the comparatively less-depraved Games Animation episodes.
  • Fetish Retardant: The downright overbearing amount of hypersexual fanservice, combined with John K.'s art style, in "Naked Beach Frenzy" have been known to be a huge turn off for viewers. Knowledge of his history of statutory rape make it downright unwatchable, especially the scene of Ren fondling an Ink-Suit Actor of one of his actual victims.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As with nearly all of his work, knowledge of John K.'s extensive history of statutory rape makes watching the show much, much more difficult.
    • Back when the show was on the air, Billy West disparagingly referred to the show as an "advertisement for NAMBLA". To make a long story short, he was completely right.
    • The entire DVD introduction with John K. and Katie Rice to "Naked Beach Frenzy"note , which features a visibly uncomfortable Katie Rice standing right next to John K. while he's casually making sexist and pedophiliac remarks towards her, was incredibly awkward and creepy to watch when it first came out. After the allegations came out, it became horrifying. The Naked Beach Frenzy episode itself is practically Nightmare Fuel when you realize that all of its rampant hypersexuality, Ren's inappropriate behavior and the fact that the then-teenaged Rice voiced a self-caricature whom Ren (who, let's not forget, was voiced by John K.) shamelessly fondles, might as well be replaced with 22 minutes of Kricfalusi holding up a sign reading "I am a pedophile."
    • The gags in "Altruists" involving the mother getting fondled in the end, along with the gag involving a living duckbill getting oral sex forced on her (and is seen later crying to her dad about this) become horrifying to watch in light of this too.
    • The premise of "Ren Seeks Help" feels more of an on-camera confession of John K.'s unchecked mental illnesses, violent streak and Daddy Issues.
    • While "Stimpy's Pregnant" is widely agreed to be the grossest episode of any incarnation of Ren and Stimpy, it becomes even grosser when you realize that John K. got Robyn Byrd, one of his rape victims, pregnant when she was 18 (she aborted the pregnancy on her own choice). The scene of Ren bragging about impregnating Stimpy becomes completely unfunny, if not infuriating, when you learn that not only was John K. committing numerous acts of statutory rape and boasting to his colleagues that he was "going to rape [Katie Rice] one day," he was also taking non-consensual photos of himself having sex with his victims and enthusiastically showing them off to his friends. You can throw up now.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mr. Horse's lines "YOU'RE FUCKING CRAZY! THAT'S what's wrong with you!" and "Are you nuts?! I'm a horse!" from "Ren Seeks Help" are fan favorites, even for haters of Adult Party Cartoon.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While Ren had a lot of sympathetic moments and redeeming qualities in the original show, in the episode "Ren Seeks Help", we witness one of Ren's most disturbing moments (even by "Adult Party" standards). Saying what he did to Stimpy is presented as this for Ren, which even he found reprehensible, but it's revealed as a child, he tortured various animals in very painful ways, especially a frog. In this episode, he's really gone off the deep end!
  • Never Live It Down: For both the cartoon and its creator.
    • If the Adult Party Cartoon as a whole doesn't count, then the infamous scenes in "Naked Beach Frenzy", with its numerous instances of Fanservice (namely, Ren soaping up a woman's breasts), and "Altruists" (Ren sawing a log on Stimpy's ass in an unsubtle metaphor for anal sex) certainly do. Both of which are some of the first things that pop up when you Google images for this show.
    • "Ren Seeks Help", in particular, is regarded by many as one of the worst episodes of any cartoon ever, thanks in no small part to the animal cruelty in it.
    • And thanks to the bad reputation Adult Party Cartoon gave the franchise, Nickelodeon will not be doing any reboots of Ren and Stimpy of any kind for the forseeable future.
  • Seasonal Rot: While the Games Animation episodes of the original Nick series were originally the poster child for this trope, Adult Party Cartoon is considered to be the true point in which the show stopped being good, as most would agree that the Lighter and Softer Games episodes were at least more entertaining than these outright repulsive episodes.
  • Sequelitis: Good news, Ren and Stimpy finally came back! Bad news, all they did was make it so gross that it was unwatchable.
  • So Okay, It's Average: For every ten fans who loathed this version of Ren and Stimpy, there's at least one who will say that the cartoon has its moments, with a few decent jokes and even glimmers of good characterization that made the original series enjoyable (it has both a Heartwarming Moments and Funny Moments page for a reason, after all).
  • Tear Jerker: Ren and Stimpy's tearful exchange at the beginning of "Ren Seeks Help" complete with Stimpy sobbing and screaming hysterically, and a hopelessly remorseful Ren. Ren forlornly walking away just sold it.
    Stimpy: "You MONSTER! How could you say those HORRIBLE things... to ME?!"
    Ren: "I'm sorry, Stimpy! I don't know why I do these things to you... I'm just a PIG! PLEASE forGIVE me!"
    Stimpy: "Don't you touch me! You BEAST! Forgive me! Words, empty words! That's all they are! No... not this time! You've gone too far this time, Ren!" (wails)
    Ren: "I KNOW I'm insane, Stimpy! I know I can't control my violent urges... But this time, I'll do something about it! I'll seek help... I'll do it for you!"
    Stimpy: "Don't do it for me... Dooon't do it for me... Do it for yourSELF!"
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: It's almost universally agreed that cranking up the adult humor and subversive jokes like there's no tomorrow shouldn't have been done with this show.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ren's physical appearance in this show is not only disturbingly more humanoid than before, but can switch between this and utterly animalistic on a dime.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite being a Revival of The Ren & Stimpy Show, a cartoon intended (supposedly) for kids, the TV-MA rating is warranted. In fact, the graphic violence, raunchy language, erotism and swearing is enough to scare parents. To put the cherry on the cake, the legacy of the franchise has been so stained by Adult Party Cartoon, that Viacom networks (particularly Nickelodeon) have not been enthused to make a second revival of the series. In fact, Paramount has scrapped the short scheduled for the third SpongeBob movie. It's a fact that young children should not associate the franchise with the other Nickelodeon shows.
  • The Woobie:
    • Both of them, in the episode 'Man's Best Friend'. They don't catch a break until the very end!
    • The frog from "Ren Seeks Help," who's on the receiving end of Ren's most sadistic moments.


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