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Despite glossing over some of the darker events in the subject's life, Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story is an engaging look at a groundbreaking show. Read critic reviews

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Filmmakers Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood explore the rise and fall of the groundbreaking animated series "Ren and Stimpy" and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi.

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Jason Anders
Executive Producer
Ron Cicero
Executive Producer
Kevin Klauber
Executive Producer
Peter Wade
Executive Producer
Kimo Easterwood
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story

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  • Recounts the meteoric rise and fall of the beloved kids' show, which wasn't really for kids, and whose highs and lows were all the byproduct of its creator.

    February 2, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film is actually perhaps most interesting-and most valuable to the initiated-as a piece of criticism-by-creator.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The clues, tidily packaged, explain away Kricfalusi's pathology. "Happy Happy Joy Joy" is a cautionary tale not a hagiography

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Easterwood's documentary is a very entertaining recap that grows more disturbing as it wades into the dysfunctional behavior that doomed the show, and still somewhat taints its legacy.

    February 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A story of immense creativity destroyed by the ego of one man.

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story is engrossing and gutsy, and tactfully executed, but could be more combative.

    January 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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