Happy Happy Joy Joy’ Filmmakers on Tackling the Complicated History of ‘Ren & Stimpy’

Happy Happy Joy Joy’ Filmmakers on Tackling the Complicated History of ‘Ren & Stimpy’
Happy Happy Joy Joy’ Filmmakers on Tackling the Complicated History of ‘Ren & Stimpy’
Happy Happy Joy Joy’ Filmmakers on Tackling the Complicated History of ‘Ren & Stimpy’

One of the many documentaries to world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story. Co-directed by Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood, the extremely well-made doc tells the story of one of the most influential animated series in television history: Ren & Stimpy. Using interviews with the people that made the show – including creator John Kricfalusi – and not turning away from the recent allegations that have caused the show to be looked at in a new light, the documentary is a fantastic behind-the-scenes examination at what led Ren &Stimpy to become an overnight part of the cultural zeitgeist in the early 1990’s. No matter how much you think you know about Ren & Stimpy, Happy Happy Joy Joy will still be an eye-opening experience. For more on the documentary, you can read Dave Trumbore’s glowing review.

Shortly after seeing the film I sat down with Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood for a wide-ranging interview. They shared some great stories about the making of the film and doing all the things you shouldn’t do when making a movie. Plus, they revealed some of the many things that ended up on the cutting room floor, what were some of the things that surprised them about the making of the show, how they shot for six-months without having the rights, how John Kricfalusi changed everything in the animation world, future projects, and more.
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