Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story

2020

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story

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HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY is the story of the rise and fall of one of the most influential animated series in the history of television. It's the story of a group of talented and dedicated artists whose incredible work brought to life two of the most beloved characters of all time -- Ren & Stimpy. It's also a cautionary tale of artistic genius gone awry. The controversial creator of the groundbreaking show, John Kricfalusi, both caused and experienced trauma that deeply affected his work and relationships. Through archival footage, show artwork, and interviews with the artists, actors, and executives behind the show, co-directors Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood artfully illuminate the joy, beauty, and lasting impact of Ren & Stimpy, as well as the dual sides of the show's creator, a man who is both a brilliant animator and storyteller as well as a deeply flawed person.

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  • 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…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • A story of immense creativity destroyed by the ego of one man.

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [A] fascinating, if occasionally long-winded doc.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A cliched portrait of difficult genius undermines a layered portrait of a classic TV show.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps in an effort to primarily focus on the Ren & Stimpy parts, the filmmakers haven't just buried the lede, they've practically hidden the headstone.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [It's] impressive as an engaging and exhaustive oral history of a groundbreaking show, but more so for being able to hold multiple truths about someone as simultaneously admirable and repulsive as Kricfalusi.

    January 30, 2020 | Full Review…

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