Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...
Anyone who is a fan of the original run of REN & STIMPY has got to be excited by the news that the DVD of the first two seasons is coming out today. If you’re in LA, though, it gets better. You can go and get John K. to sign the disc for you this tonight. Check it out:
WHAT: Paramount Home Entertainment invites you to meet “Ren & Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi, when he visits the Los Angeles – Virgin Megastore on Sunset Blvd. John will meet fans and sign copies of the REN & STIMPY: THE COMPLETE FIRST & SECOND SEASONS – UNCUT DVD, which will be released for the first time on Tuesday, October 12.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
7:00 – 9:00 PM/PT
WHERE: Virgin Megastore (Sunset Blvd. & Crescent Heights)
8000 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW: THE COMPLETE FIRST AND SECOND SEASONS -- UNCUT comes to DVD on October 12, from Paramount Home Entertainment, and includes over 30 classic, over-the-top episodes such as “Man’s Best Friend,” the rarely seen “banned” episode that became an instant animation cult classic and “Stimpy’s Invention,” recognized by many fans as one of the best episodes created. Special features also include a featurette “Ren & Stimpy: In the Beginning”; audio commentary on six episodes by the original Spumco team; storyboard and Spumco image gallery; Sven HÃ¶ek pencil test and more!
I’ve heard some speculation about whether these episodes are or are not actually the “uncut” versions, and some grousing from fans. Here’s how John K. explained the situation in a recent chat room session:
I'm as surprised as you are that there are still some edits in the cartoons. Blame Nickelodeon years ago! Don't blame the producers of the DVD.
We put back every scene that I was aware was missing. Nick must have cut more scenes out long after I stopped watching the show.
But, we put a lot of cool stuff back in that no one ever saw-scenes from Sven Hoek that never aired-George Liquor's bobbed tail in Dog Show-hey all of Man's Best Friend!
We also did lots of commentaries over the cartoons and there are interviews with me and Eddie Fitzgerald, there is original artwork.
Buy this damn thing. I put in as much cool stuff as I could for you. Buy it and maybe Spike will order new episodes!
Maybe I will consult with you to restore the episodes you found that still has cuts and we'll put the missing scenes on a website for you, or run them uncut on Spkie.
If every show is not completely intact it's because long ago Nick misplaced or lost the originals, but I restored the ones I knew had cuts, ok?
So if you review the set on Amazon, say it's great and and talk about the good stuff first! Then you can mention that there are still some edits, but it's definitely worth getting!
Maybe we can have a chat about it tomorrow night if someone contacts me to set it up.
Sounds good to me. It should be a lovely box set, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy this week.