Friday, August 07, 2009

Ren and Stimpy in Life Sucks Animatic- Nick Cross - Eric Bauza- Direct To video

This is a storyboard reel (animatic) from an epic Ren and Stimpy story called "Life Sucks". Many of the folks who worked on it figured it was the best R and S story we had ever written. Unfortunately it was never produced.


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Life Sucks explores the difference between Ren and Stimpy's outlook on life. They each look at the world and see the same evidence yet judge it in opposite ways. Stimpy is an optimist and Ren is a pessimist. In Life Sucks, Ren realizes it's his duty to cure Stimpy of his naivety and he takes him on a journey through biology, religion, history and evolution in an attempt to make him wake up and smell the coffee.

This is just one sequence from the cartoon. Ren tells Stimpy a story from the history of his religion, a story of people's devotion to the divine Cat-Jesus. Richard Pursel and I concocted this warm little Ren and Stimpy scene.

This is the story of the Children's Crusade, which many history books say actually happened.




I asked the great Nick Cross to draw the sequence and he did an amazing thing. He drew Ren and Stimpy in one style and the Children's Crusade in the style of Mary Blair's Golden Books.

Nick Cross' Plog


Working with Nick is great. I get to scribble out some ideas for the compositions I want and he takes them and turns them into beautiful finished illustrations in his own style.

I can't tell you how fun it is to work with rare stars like Nick or Katie or Helder and a small handful of stylists, who give me back better than what I give them and then let me add my name to the work. How unusual it is today to find artists whose drawings have a point of view! I imagine the old days when Clampett and Avery were surrounded by nothing but top talents, each with their own styles, already trained and all they had to do was direct them. No bland scenes, no on-model crap. Heaven!

The multi-talented Eric Bauza edited and did the sound fx and music for the animatic.

Take a look at this and tell me if you'd like to see the whole of Life Sucks produced as a straight to DVD release.

Later this week I'll put up another clip from Life Sucks. Keep your eyes peeled!



161 comments:

Brian Romero said...

That was great. I love how Ren gets off on ruining Stimpys happy but naive view of the world.

I'm sure most people who read this blog would love to buy Life Sucks on DVD. I know I would!

RJB said...

Yes please John,
Anything with Ren's take on life is good for the kids.
good luck with it, fine animatic.

Anonymous said...

Oooh!!
Thanks for this educational Christmas offering John, that's very generous of you.
I didn't know of this Crusade until now, how could I have ignored such an event.
Ren bashing Stimpy to teach him the lesson in life is just the right commentary.
Great stuff, up there with the best of human production, finish it pleeeease.

Anonymous said...

Yee Haw! That is a good story. Yes, Sir. I'd buy it. If I'm lucky, I'd freeze to death waiting in line to buy it. Hee Hee.

CartoonSteve said...

Stimpy should get an oscar nomination for this. Lets see more!

S.G.A said...

It would be great if you posted more of those detailed drawings, they looked pretty great even all pixelated.

Elisson said...

Where do I sign up? Heh.

Andrew Moore said...

I remember watching this animatic at the Aero in Santa Monica earlier this year. The whole theatre was ROLLING! The timing couldn't be better. The way Ren unpacks the story ...

YES! I would buy this on direct to DVD.

I don't remember ... do we ever see a picture of Cat Jesus?

ttrentham said...

Yes, I want one. Can I give you my money for this? Please? Thanks.

FLAMINGPINECONE said...

That was tight. Little Children getting skeward Golden Book style. It's great to hear Bauza's Stimpy again. Sometimes I even perfer it above West's Stimpy when it comes to high volume screams.

If you made a DVD of this you have my money behind it.

Ryan G. said...

Hey John! I would love to own a copy of this straight to DVD goodness!

Kris said...

Oh man, that's absolutely hilarious. I'd totally pay my delicious "money" for that.

Kali Fontecchio said...

This has to be made! Holy Crap! Look at those cute woodland creatures! There's something here for everyone!

Franky said...

John, if you set up a pre-order system, I'd pay money up-front to get this produced. How many pre-orders would you need? You could even have a count-down counter on the blog.

Leafy Snout said...

I want to see this made, and I want to buy it.

DO IT!

Tony C. said...

Brilliant! The Little Golden Books style is fantastic. I would love to see this on DVD, or how about as a Christmas Special to run for all eternity right after every screening of "It's A Wonderful Life".

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Niiiiiice! What a cartoon that would have made! Congrats to you and Nick!

xtracrsP said...

JohnK:-
"Later this week I'll put up another clip from Life Sucks. Keep your eyes peeled!"


STOP!!! What do you think you're doing?! No more clips-you're ruining it! These are the kind of thing I like to see AFTER watching the final product. Mainly because it gives away all those surprise gags and plot twists that are at their funniest the first time you see\hear them in all their animated glory. Would you watch a 'making of...' of a film you hadn't seen yet? Would you, in a massage parlour, sneak a peek at some guy getting his 'happy ending'? Would you?? (if any of you do, let me know what it's all about-I'm an innocent *blush*) I think a brief synopsis of the story (like you have here) and more teaser frame grabs and other related sketches is enough to whet the appetite. I see most are posting they will buy it and probably more will pipe in with their imaginary orders (except queefy who is saving up for a second-hand razor to shave that one pube growing out of his ball holder). Refrain from spoilage, unless the clips are in animated form.

Atta said...

Yes please finish it, and make more of it's kind too.

Im with Franky on donating money too see this thing getting finished. Hell I may even start a fund to raise money for projects like it.

The world needs it!

Charlie J. said...

I'd kill to buy Life Sucks on DVD!

Max Ward said...

You have no idea how long I've been waiting to see a glimpse of "Life Sucks." I would love to see that straight to DVD

I don't really care said...

Direct to DVD is the future. At least I hope it is.

Direct from artist to consumer would be even better. I don't understand by what justice a corporation can claim to own characters it doesn't even want to put on the air or really promote.

Maybe you can do what Prince did, and use Ren and Stimpy without their names! You could announce they are now unpronounceable symbols, which the press will refer to as "the Characters formerly known as..."

Isil said...

Just delicious!
Thx for posting!!

Sean Worsham said...

Funny stuff man, I remember you showing some of this at the SF SHOW! :)

Sean Worsham said...

Ooh yes yes I'd buy the finished (or even unfinished) version on dvd! I'd animate it at home myself if I had just the animatic!

Eric C. said...

Very nice John.
Stimpy as the positive thinker and Ren as the negative stressed out Peter Lorre.

I've noticed the use of dark humor in it. Now the storylines before must have been different when you pitch it to Nickelodeon. Because if it was the same, I beat Nickelodeon would be so ticked that they'll be all over your back.

But I guess since this is Adult Party, it's to the maximum to the target audience that your most comfortable with, right?

I remember when APC first aired, lots of fans were probably shocked at first because they were so used to the classic Ren & Stimpy on Nick and the Internets George Liquor program.

_Eric ;)

P.S. Bye the way John, I noticed that you don't really answer to many questions as much as you did when your blog first came up. I don't mean to ask stupid questions or anything, I'm just curious as an artist and a fan.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, produce this!

Eric C. said...

P.P.S.S. Sure, do it for the DVD JOHN! And Where's the ultimute Ren & Stimpy Collection?

_Eric ;)

Anonymous said...

I give my soul to buy Life Sucks!

Anonymous said...

Just saw this link on Boing Boing. I love these old Cartoon commercials you have has well. Quick question, does anyone have a clip of Snuffles the Hound Dog from Quickdraw McGraw doing his stuff. I can't seem to find it anywhere on the web.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this link on Boing Boing. I love these old Cartoon commercials you have has well. Quick question, does anyone have a clip of Snuffles the Hound Dog from Quickdraw McGraw doing his stuff. I can't seem to find it anywhere on the web.

Nico said...

please finish this movie! It should be on DVD for the sweating masses to enjoy.

Max Ward said...

Just bought the Christmas Card, it's really touching and has finally put some holiday spirit in me. And don't give away too much from Life Sucks!

Anonymous said...

sure finish it, you've got a harem of fatal female artists over there. you guys can do it. id love to see the final product, and please update us with the animatics and sketches. i like to see the progress from sketch to final product. please dont listen to that other guy i don't think he has any experience making toons.

Anonymous said...

This cartoon reminds me of why I stopped watching TV– because Ren and Stimpy was no longer on and nothing else could compare. Yes, please please please give us more!

Anonymous said...

I saw this at the screening you had in Santa Monica several months ago. It is one of the best Ren & Stimpy clips EVER and I'm still bummed out that it was never completed.

Thanks for making it available here though. I told a lot of people about this clip and now I can finally share it.

Jorge Garrido said...

The story makes me depressed but the drawings are so good I'd buy this in a second! I wanna see this as a fully-animated movie!

John, you're an amazing voice actor. I hear so much nuance and subtext in your lines readings, and alot of contrast, too.

Is that Saracen warrior based on Jimmy Durante from Gruesome Twosome?

Life Sucks. People like Ren makes me want to kill myself. He's such a smug evil bastard.

PCUnfunny said...

Oh my god that was horrible. But it was funny ! Please put it on DVD. By the way, what is with Stimpy wearing that hat ? Was it suppose to represent his child like innocence ? Oh and Eric is wondaful, he's gotta pair of lungs on him.

Anonymous said...

Just downloaded the George Liquor X-mas show. Funny. I put up a Trailer of my X-mas cartoon. Not as good as yours. I'm still learning.

It's here:

fairygodmonkey.com/Blog/index.php

Enjoy, Y'all!

Eric C. said...

I thought that Life Sucks was suppost to be like "It's a Wonderful Life"

_Eric

Hryma said...

It ain't life that sucks it's the majority of stupid people in it, I'll still go on living though with a smile, and I know what's good for me a new Ren and Stimpy DVD that's what!

Bo Wisneski said...

Who wouldn't want this on dvd.

J L Borghead said...

Amazing stuff. The storybook art is really fantastic, too! Admittedly I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to crusades-era history and I love to see anything about the Children's crusades.

I would definitely get this on DVD.

stiff said...

Take a look at this and tell me if you'd like to see the whole of Life Sucks produced as a straight to DVD release.

Would I?!?! And how!!

Frankie said...

This would be the best present of any Holiday in years! I think the world needs to see this cartoon.


It's great that even without sound or many words, you can tell whats going on in every drawing and scene, its amazing!

Taco Jack said...

Joe Barbera has passed:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_re_us/obit_barbera

Anonymous said...

Wow! What made you decide to cite the Children's Crusade? It was even worse than you depicted in the cartoon. It was a scam to sell kids as slaves to pirates, Arabs and Berbers. Fooled the Pope, too , who sanctioned the whole magilla. By the way, one party of kids did have a happy ending. One group of children who actually made it to Venice, looking for their ship were talked out of their mission by some very kind, wise and persuasive Venetians who fed, clothed them, gave them enough money to go back to their homes in France, Germany (or I should say the Holy Roman Empire) and England.
This does seem very dark and amazing, right up there with Ren Seeks Help, the golden book scene is astounding, what a stroke of genius.

Anonymous said...

Hey John.

If you were to finish this and make this a DVD film.
I am curious.
Would you animate it traditionally or would you do it in flash like your most recent projects?

EIBass said...

My fovorite part is when the lttle fellows get scewered.

“Hey calm down. The little fellows were skewered and skewered good, there sisters too.”

dutchb0y said...

I would definitely buy this!

Raff said...

Doesn't Viacom own R & S technically? How do you work things out with them?

Ghost Robber said...

i would love Life Sucks on dvd. it was so exciting to see just a glimpse of a new story!

also i was thinking yesterday that WPH and George Liquor Style interactivity could work really well on straight to dvd shorts. i'm sure you've already thought of this though.

FIND THE PRIZE!

btw thanks for putting the xmas george liquor up!

Anonymous said...

Just a heads up Joe Barbera checked out last night

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-12-18-barbera-obit_x.htm?POE=LIFISVA

Sorry to get off topic

Julián höek said...

when did you make this story board john??
i'll buy it!

Anonymous said...

vincent waller said...

Just a heads up Joe Barbera checked out last night

You can't say the man didn't have a full life. Isn't it mazing how many of these first and second generation animators made it all the way to their eighties and nineties?

Anonymous said...

vincent waller said...

Just a heads up Joe Barbera checked out last night

You can't say the man didn't have a full life. Isn't it mazing how many of these first and second generation animators made it all the way to their eighties and nineties?

Anonymous said...

vincent waller said...

Just a heads up Joe Barbera checked out last night

You can't say the man didn't have a full life. Isn't it mazing how many of these first and second generation animators made it all the way to their eighties and nineties?

Transient Analecta said...

dvd me please.... mmmkay.

mike f. said...

Brilliant, John! I still can't believe this was never produced, especially considering the shit that DOES get produced for TV.
Makes me wanna go out and beat up some executives.

On that note, I just read a 2000 interview with Leonard Stern, a great comedy writer from the Golden Age of Television who worked on The Honeymooners, Sgt. Bilko, and Get Smart - among many, many other classics.
Stern had some highly revealing things to say about modern TV executives. Here are some excerpts:

Q: Was it a conscious decision to have Max and 99 marry, or did it just naturally progress that way?

A: I think you’re always affected by marketing research, which I think does great disservice to creativity and is questionable at best...

Q: Did you have any problems with censorship or the network?

A: There was no involvement at that time, [1965] it was relatively non-existent. They watched out for...licentious dialogue or bad taste jokes, but they didn’t get involved in story, except in a constructive way.
It was a very easy way to work... The networks were not involved in the production. They would distribute it... There wasn’t that reliance on numbers, there was a visceral response that was meaningful.
The only difference I see between voodoo and marketing research is that voodoo sometimes works! I’ve always felt that our decline, in terms of consistent, quality, television is the result of marketing research.

Q:There seems to be a huge change in the role of the networks in the past thirty years.

A: Yes. You see, there’s no one around now who remembers what it was like in the past. In fact, Tom Murphy... when he took over ABC, we had dinner together. I was explaining to him how it once had been. He was incredulous.
I said, ABC had the most people involved, because everyone who was an executive got involved in the presentation and they voted as a group. CBS and NBC used to have four people in development, two on each coast, all empowered to say yes or no. They would consult, but you got an answer within forty-eight hours.
Mr. Murphy then said, "I imagine you’re going to tell me how many people we have now?" I said yes... you now have 29 and they all have assistants and I think that’s the distinct difference. At one time there were eight of you and you made a decision in a very short time.
Now there are probably [close] to sixty of you and it’s labyrinthine. The person who makes the decision is seldom involved in the development.

Q: I remember hearing how when Mel Brooks showed Blazing Saddles, the studio told him it was great, but marketing wanted them to take all of the racial references and jokes out of it.

A: Yes. They keep establishing what was, not what will be.
They can’t. Their very system, the nature of it is such that you can’t explain a new idea to an audience. You’re asking them to be equally as creative and that doesn’t work in our business...

The whole interview can be found on the Get Smart website: Wouldyoubelieve.com

mike f. said...

For anyone who hasn't already heard, Joe Barbera passed away today.

That just leaves Bill Melendez and Ollie Johnston. It's the end of an era.

But gee, at lease we still have South Park.

Fritz said...

I'd buy this in a heartbeat. Would be the best cartoon ever.

Robert said...

Just a technical note... The "Children's Crusade", as we know it, never really happened. It's mostly the medieval equivalent of an urban rumor. The story we retell today is really a combination of different incidents, probably not involving children at all, and later embellished to the nth degree by people who were even alive at the time they happened. But it's a great story none-the-less, facts be damned!

JohnK said...

Well, I found a couple writers who think it didn't happen, but most historians I've read report it as if it's fact.

But then lots of people believe Jesus healed the blind so who knows what really happened in history hundreds of years after unless there is tangible evidence?

Ted said...

The George Liquor file requires Quicktime 7 (which I discovered after buying it), which Apple has refused to release for Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2), my OS of choice. Please get the QT7 requirement info put into the download page.

Anonymous said...

But then lots of people believe Jesus healed the blind

And that he walked on water, turned water in wine, and that Noah made an ark for two of EVERY animal (including 360 million species of ants apparently), and that all life came from two people called Adam and Eve, so I wouldn't take it to the bank.

Art F. said...

this is the freakin best EVER!!! i laughed my ass off!

queefy said...

If it makes for a funny story then who gives a fuck if it happened.

fugginWad said...

Please, please, please, if Life Sucks makes it to DVD I'll rip my own heart out in joy (and probably buy a copy or two).

Jordan said...

I would be VERY happy if this came out as a direct-to-DVD. I'm curious what an "epic" Ren and Stimpy movie would be like. It seems pretty dark -- It would be great to have some more, how you say...innocence? Just to lighten the mood a BIT. I'll bet stuff like that is already planned. I'm still finding it hard to get used to the adult Ren and Stimpy (though the adult episodes are BRILLIANT.)


Let's see this damn thing!!!!



Jordan

Anonymous said...

Hey John, I don't know if you've heard but Joe Barbera Died today. It's all over CNN. :(

Jesse Oliver said...

Hi John

I would LOVE to see this Ren & Stimpy story be produced! And I bet you that Eddie Fitzgerald would love to see it too! It would make a great DVD release. You should also produce the R & S story "Wilderness Adventure" with George Liquor. That and "Life Sucks" would make a great DVD! You could call the DVD "Ren & Stimpy The Lost Episodes Volume 2!"

PLEASE JOHN, MAKE THESE CARTOONS HAPPEN MAN! I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE REN & STIMPY STRAIGHT TO DVD!

Jesse

Brett W. Thompson said...

Ohhhh! I believe I saw this clip in San Fran, and I was blown away of course! So funny. I would buy a DVD of it, no question :)

Anonymous said...

how long would this cartoon run for? is this over 30 minutes? "epic", you say?

i'd buy it.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic stuff...
I'd buy it in a second.
The storybook thing totally works... I also love it 'cause I'm an athiest who revels in gory tales of silly pios lambs being led to the slaughter.

I'd love to see a full fledged Ren and Stimpy movie, not that anyone would have the brass cajones to fund it.

Is there any word on how well the APC dvd's have been selling?

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

That has the potential for greatness. I'd pay a lot of hard earned dollars for that on a dvd! I love how Ren abuses Stimpy mercilessly just for having a positive outlook on life.

C. A. M. Thompson said...

Direct-to-DVD?

Yes yes YES! This was my favorite thing from the live show you did in San Francisco a few months back. Do whatever it takes to get it finished!

aeron said...

Looks fantastic, please turn this into a direct to dvd release!

Mad Taylor said...

Hi John,

Yeah you should throw this one straight to dvd...make the fish happy! :)

iamscottevil said...

I watched the clip of nick cross' short film, and i'm struck by the style parallels I notice between the work i've seen you have done, and Nick Cross and Aaron Springer. The colors and composition are so carefully detailed and the character animation is always a unique pose, but anti-pretty (which I have a hard time understanding because it's not ugly, it's appealing, but it's not straight up sexy and I have a hard time watching and a hard time looking away)

I guess i'm asking if i'm uneducated to like a middle ground between the different modern animation thinking, meaning, the style I associate with you, the cartoon network kids stuff style like spongebob which crosses over (springer), and fairly odd parents type which is witty but so blindingly contrasty with color and basic shapes. (among others that are odd bridges that seem to be detailed but cheap animation like Metalocalypse.)

What other schools of thought are there in modern animation besides get it out cheap like Simpsons/family guy/aquateen hungerforce(and all adult swim), versus 60's throwback stuff like venture bros and nickeledeon? Who are the people that drive each of these styles?

How do you get a style formula to be intriguingly new, but widely commercial?

Anonymous said...

Have you thought of offering this to the people at [Adult Swim]? Something this twisted and brilliant would be perfect for a sunday night special. And from the broke student perspective, I'd rather watch it on tv for free along with a half million other viewers than shill out for a dvd.

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing this animatic back at the Aero earlier this year, and I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, this has so much potential! This is the closest I've seen to an actual Ren & Stimpy character study!" I never thought I'd be able to see this animatic again so soon.

As for whether I'd buy this cartoon, that's a resounding yes my friend. I'd stare and listen and gaze in awe of this stuff until my very sense, my very being, became one with it. I'd watch this tripe until I lost all sense of time and space, to the point where I woudn't be able to feel all the blood and puss draining from the pores of my body as a result of my own mad obsession. I'd sit in front of the boob tube suckling on this garbage until my testicles gained self-awareness, and were full of shame. I'd do myself in so bad from repeatedly watching this cartoon that I'd have to lease out my brain to a small immigrant family for development in order to pay off the damages I'd have made upon it. But hey, I have nothing better to do, 'cause, after all, life sucks.

But hey, why stop there? There are tons more "Ren & Stimpy" episodes just waiting to be made, and I wanna see 'em all. If "Life Sucks" does get finished, I'd love to see a DVD full of as much "Ren & Stimpy" action as one disc can possibly handle. Or 2. Or 3.

Also, I have to say I've always thought if it'd be possible to make a full-length "Ren & Stimpy" movie, and what kind of story it would be. Then I saw this post. I think that if it can be extended long enough, with the right ideas and great imagination, "Life Sucks" would make the ideal 90-120 minute-long "Ren & Stimpy" movie.

Today I was watching the "Lost Episodes" DVD for the upteenth time and was reminded of that stack of fan-requested episodes. John, have you ever gotten a request for a musical "Ren & Stimpy" episode? You know, where the cartoon is constantly breaking up into musical numbers? Or how about an episode with little to know dialogue, where the animation is just completely music-driven? If those sound interesting to you, you should definitely put them in the stack.

By the way, it's been a while since I stopped visiting this blog, and i just came back recently. I read on Wikipidea that there's a direct-to-DVD George Liquir movie in the works, but then again, Wiki isn't always the best information source. Can anyone confirm or deny this, and if it's true, tell me where I can find the offcial info?

And to the guy who requested for not posting spoilers, it's no big deal. If any clips do come up on this blog, they don't automatically start playing when you come to the site. You just have to make sure not to click the Play button.

Well, that's all I have to say for now. Catch you later.

Anonymous said...

This seems great. I love the part with the book, cause it reminds me of a classic cartoon convention that was used in Three Caballeros or the Mickey Mouse's cartoon The Nifty Nineties.

I love all that part. I'm not used to the second part, though. The excesive violence in Ren's character makes him more difficult to symphatize with, in my opinion. He used to be violent with Stimpy in the old days but now he does it with more cruelty. I know this is probably all intentional but it still doesn't work for me.

Now the concept is really a good one and the fact that they deal with religion or history, it really seems bigger than any other Ren and STimpy cartoon. Some of Ren's poses seem more similar to his classic self, especially when he's reading the story, he has the more rounded, innocent look (even if it's "fake" innocence, cause he's faking to Stimpy).

I would really like to see this in full animation. Yes, sir.

Alex Whitington said...

That's hilarious!

Anonymous said...

That was hilarious, I'd love to see this on dvd!

Anonymous said...

Jorge, it looks more like those Saracan warriors were based on the arabs in cartoons like Ali Baba Bound (by Bob Clampett c. 1940), Porky in Egypt (by Bob Clampett c. 1938), or Little Beau Porky (by Frank Tashlin c. 1936). Or maybe John had other sources as well.

I enjoyed that little animatic. It definitely showed how Ren and Stimpy's personalities were contrasts of eachother. I think it might be funny if the story has a happy ending that Stimpy loves but Ren falls to pieces over. But, whatever, I'll let you write the story.

As for Joe Barbera, I have a little tribute to Joe on my blog right now. Go there and mourn if you wish.

R2K said...

: )

K. A. Laity said...

Buy it? I want to *teach* with it!

I'm a medievalist and always looking for interesting ways to lead my students into this distant time period, so this is just perfect. The Crusades -- particularly the Children's Crusade -- are so important right now to explain the history behind current events.

If people here knew just the slightest bit of history about the Middle East, they wouldn't ask, "Why do they hate us?" But that's a Yale education for you.

Matt J said...

You betcha we'd like to see it finished & released on DVD!

Anonymous said...

Please, please, please release this to DVD. Your work is amazing and got me through more than one come-down off of acid! Good times, man, good times.

Jorge Garrido said...

Actually, John, if I were you I'd WAIT until I got the chance to do this EPIC story, your GREATEST of all time, in beautiful FULL ANIMATION. You gotta raise that much money eventually, right?

FantasiaMan said...

I would by "Life Sucks" in a wink, John. You & your team should absolutely make this into a D-T-V. This thing would sell like hotcakes.

Those "Mary-Blair-esque" drawings by Nick Cross are so dead-on. They do look like something right out of a Little Golden Book.

Rodrigo said...

God, Ren is such an asshole. Poor Stimpy. :)

Three Caballeros?

allen said...

Holy crap. I think I just found Mecca. I had no idea you had a blog, John, K.

Ren and Stimpy is my all-time favorite cartoon. Holy cow.

ha ha ha. :) Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Rodrigo, I mentioned Three Caballeros because there is a moment in which Panchito talks about the celebration of Christmas and the Piñata and we see book style drawings. I didn't know about Mary Blair before, so I don't know if those drawings were done by her.

I rewatched the clip and I have to mention that I love the voice work in this, the voices are really funny.

Incidentally I'm making my own homage to Joe Barbera in my blog too. I was doing a drawing, but I think I'm gonna copy david germain's idea and put on a Tom and Jerry cartoon from youtube too, cause I think people just have to watch those cartoons again and realize how great they were. I'll pick a different short. I'll put all this in a couple of days. I'll be glad if someone goes visiting!

Anonymous said...

Yes please!!!!

The Butcher said...

Dude, you have to make this episode.

Anonymous said...

I can easily see why someone like Nickoledoen wouldn't want to produce this episode, but it's some pretty epic stuff (if not particularly funny), and would make a great DVD release.

Anonymous said...

i would pay upwards of 40 dollars jsut for one episode. REAL MONEY TOO

cableclair said...

Aw man! Theeeeeseee are the kind of episodes I loved best with Ren and Stimpy. Full rounded, epic stuff that goes a little bit deeper. This and Ren Seeks Help are my favorites. More of that. Pleaase. These are your masterpieces methinks. Oh and I'd buy this. I wish the other DVD's had more stuff like this. The rest has a lot of potential and I love it as well, but thissss is GOLD. This is the stuff you can watch over and over again and never tire of.

william wray said...

I found the start to be a little abrupt. I'd like to know more about Cat Jesus. A stronger set up might have been Stimpy worshiping Cat Jesus blindly, without knowing the back story of the children's crusade. I find what is the best way to hoist religion on it's own petard, is to point out how little worshippers really know about history and the bible. They stick to a narrow comfort zone that minimizes any doubt or questions and maximizes hypocrisy. Stripping away Stimpy's beliefs layer by layer, would resonate better as character based direct conflict story than just reading a shocking book and making Stimpy a reactor and Ren being cruel just to be cruel. If Ren's motivation is in the guise to de- program Stimpys messed up beliefs, it's softens Ren a little, but allows for more real mental torture. " I must help Stimpy by tearing out all his more heartfelt beliefs, rending impotent the religious cancer that consumes him!"

mateu said...

William Wray... your beliefs about the origins of the Bible are more deluded than than the beliefs you deride. You have nothing to stand on but debunked academic excuses.

Johnny K. Stickman said...

That was great, man. One could only hope that a straight-to-video project will go under production.

awesomedude said...

A ren and stimpy sounds awesome to me John....I hope this gets onto DVD soon. Its good to see a comeback.

Geneva said...

Of course I would love to see Life Sucks on DVD! (Throw money at this man, powers that be).

Mitch K said...

YES Life Sucks straight to DVD and into my player!

glamaFez said...

I would buy Life Sucks on DVD

glamaFez said...

PS: Hire that Wray guy.

Joseff said...

Ill buy it in a flash!! Great story!

Ted said...

Yes.

Fulle Circle Productions said...

"Life Sucks" on DVD? YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

Nathan W. said...

I would pay up to $35 if the packaging was nice.

Chris leonido said...

John I would love to see life sucks become a reality. It sounds so promising...(:

Taco Wiz said...

I'm not allowed to watch APC.

Post some more George Liquor!

mangamaxx said...

This is perfect! It's like adult me giving a lecture to kid me and giving him a taste of the future! By all means I would love for this to come out on DVD!

J C Roberts said...

Are the posts in summer reruns, or are these posts relating to things that are coming to a head? It's obvious this was posted before, despite the date, because I think it would make the headlines if we lost Joe Barbera twice.

That has the potential to be one of the best ever.
It should definitely be made. I'd volunteer to work on it if you were able to farm out parts. Of course, the likelihood of you needing to resort to someone you never heard of with no no formal training clear across the country seems, shall we say, slim? Oh well, it sucks not being where I should have been all this time.

Excellent voice work, though. Ren's deliveries are getting more and more Clampett spirit in them. How many more hilarious inflections do you think you could put on just saying the word "SteeumpeE"?

RAKninja said...

what a great anamatic, yes yes, I want the finished product on DVD.

Whit said...

Joe Barbera just rose from the dead.

Lluis fuzzhound said...

YES!!!! I would buy it!!! please make it!!! please!!

Niki said...

In my honest opinion you should make an actually little Olden book to sell with the DVD.

ArtF said...

this is by far my favorite unproduced episode. i'd snap up a straight to DVD copy.

Zypsiollia said...

Absolutely brilliant! Not that I expect anything less. I would love to see this released.

Christopher said...

john, i would certainly would purchase this

Andrew Mortlock said...

Maybe if you don't find producers.. the audience could produce it! Looks like there's a lot of us here.

Let's say people can donate to the production however much money they want to, and those who donate above a certain amount are also paying for their copy of the cartoon! Their production money also goes towards their purchase. It just might work!

lastangelman said...

Before you put this soon to be classic on DVD, I would very much implore you to limit release this theaters long enough for Oscar consideration. Why the heck should the only "mainstream" John K stuff be seen only as the credits for other people's movies?

DANGERUSS said...

I for one would love to see this episode completed. It touches on deeper subjects than most cartoons, but remains fun. Great stuff all around.

Forbidden Hippo said...

I will purchase any Ren and Stimpy cartoons that have your name on them.

P.S.
Good luck with your Adult Swim pitch. I'll have my fingers crossed.

Pedro Vargas said...

Heck yeah! Please do it, John! To see them have their own movie would be a dream!!

Gavin Freitas said...

When I first met you John, you showed us this cartoon and I laughed out of my seat. You guys gotta animate this some how. Would Viacom let you do it? With 128 comments, they would be dumb not to. Fun post as usual..

Chip Butty said...

I'd love to spend all my money on Spumco and R&S dvds. Will the book sales convince anyone to make 'em?

Pilsner Panther said...

John K., we must have this in a finished version! Also, The Jetsons in "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Pole." There's absolutely no chance of the latter, I suppose.

It's going to have to be direct-to-DVD, there's no alternative because no cable TV outfit would ever accept a cartoon that's basically a satire on religious belief. Stimpy, here, has the childlike (or childish) total credulity of the true believer. The Christian fundamentalist "family-values" crowd would throw fits if it was ever broadcast!

Also, some of it's kind of obscure, although brilliant. Mary Blair is pretty much (deservedly) forgotten, and hardly anyone is going to recognize her style unless they've been on the "Small World" ride at Disneyland.

Here's some historical background on the Children's Crusade:

http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/children.html

Did it happen, or not? Who can say, but the story is so detailed that it appears that at least parts of it are plausible, especially what happened to the survivors who made it to their destination.

Oliver_A said...

Dear Executives,

please give us a DVD with further episodes of Ren & Stimpy by JohnK. We promise it will fill your bank accounts beyond limits and make you the most powerful studio in the business. Your E-Mail accounts will be permanently down due to all the love mails you will recieve from us fans for giving John this opportunity. Random people will smile at you in the streets, offer you a free seat in a crowded bus, order you a free beer, voluntarily offer their organs for transplantation in case of an emergency... you get the point.

Oh, and John, when you finally get to produce these episodes, please think ahead and create them in HD, so we can beg for a Blu Ray release in the future.

Was the first Ren & Stimpy show shot on 16mm or 35mm film?

Your fan,

Oliver

Craig said...

Just. Great.

James said...

I'd pay my couple of bucks to see this.

Jeremiah said...

That's an emphatic "yes"!

Sven Hoek said...

I have every DVD you ever did, except the last two seasons of the Ren and Stimpy show. I didnt know you had commentary on those DVDs, do you get paid for the sales of the last few seasons? If so, I will go out and buy those too.

And as for new episodes, OH PLEASE, i want more. I have money burning a whole in my pocket, just for YOU!!!!

Diego said...

Please do it!

LocusCeruleus said...

I feel like a lot of the criticism of APC was that the early episodes were seen as vulgar, or cheap. Clearly you were going for the bigger picture - i.e. showing all sides of you characters. Sadly TV is not fond of waiting around for the bigger picture. Perhaps a DVD feature would be more kind.

LocusCeruleus said...

And remember - if the finished product isn't feature length (i.e. marketable as a DVD), iTunes would be a good route for a self financed release. They have been very good for 'featuring' Ren & stimpy releases so far.

Zoran Taylor said...

Hate to break it to ya Mike, but Bill the Great IS dead. Has been for nearly a year.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26534790/
(Sue me for being too lazy to make a proper link. I deserve it.)

James Sugrue said...

Nice. It sent a chill down my spine. By the way, what's going on with the Ultimate Ren and Stimpy Collection? I'm dying to see some neat o extras.

Joe said...

Oh good God yes.

Jesse said...

I would LOVE to see this as a finished short!

Moti Zigman said...

coool!, id love to see that on dvd.. never seen this animatic, its great, thanks.
love Nicks work..
keep on movin yo, good-day!

Eric said...

Dude, day one DVD purchase. Day one.

perspex said...

oh my- you HAVE to do this. and more of this kind of stuff. educational, but for real people.

Waqas Malik said...

this is great, i love the idea that u incorporated ur own "interpretations" of life haha!! i always preferred ren, prob becaz im a pessimist too hah. i wud lov to c this on dvd!!! i know a lot of people wud too.

tata80 said...

if life sucks dont come on dvd,life sucks

JOHN PLEASE DONT LET BE STIMPYS PREGNANT THE END OF REN AND STIMPY!!!!! I HOPE SOMEDAY REN AND STIMPY GET A THIRD CHANCE AND WE CAN SEE A SECOND SEASON OF THE ADULT PARTY CARTOON I PRAY TO GOOD!!!!!

J C Roberts said...

Too late to break it to Mike (you were responding to "Mike F" from above?). When he posted that comment it was probably true, but this post has been "recycled" with a new date and the old comments, so he was probably accurate at time.

That also means there probably hasn't been much change in status since all these people first started posting their "hell yes, I'll buy it" responses. If everyone who did set aside the money to buy it in a bank account, there may be enough interest accrued by now to finance the production.

BanjoBoy123 said...

OH. MY. GOD.

That was amazingly amazing.

I love the expressions. They're so... expressive.

Everyone at Spumco is Jesus.

flibbertygibbet said...

That was brilliant, although I found it genuinely frightening. It reminds me of 'the peoples crusade' where 2 hobos lead thousands of guileless simpletons to an obvious death.

Jerry said...

Excellent stuff. Ren and Stimpy changed my life when it first aired, so the release of any new content from you is like Christmas morning. I'd buy a DVD of Life Sucks in half of a heartbeat.

You're a constant source of inspiration John.

timetokill said...

I'd absolutely love to see this. I would pay to download it online, or on DVD, or whatever. Gimme!

Joakim Gunnarsson said...

Awsome!
Nick Cross' artwork is superb.
Would love to see this in a finished version on DVD.
And with a hi-def version of this animatic as bonus material.

Fuzzy Duck said...

YES!!! Yes a thousand times over! I will gladly purchase this episode on DVD! And then some!

Please...

Azure said...

Id Love To See This Available On DVD as well as the aforementioned ultimate boxset please we want more R&S

ict1099 said...

I'd love it go straight to DVD. Would you ever do a kids Ren & Stimpy again?

fandumb said...

Wow. Eric completely nailed that giggle. I'm kind of impressed.

This has got to be the best APC scene of all. No crude scenes, off-putting colours; Ren pretty much looks like his old self. Most of the time.

In the German dub of the original series, their names are pronounced in the proper English way. I just find that a bit weird.

If you're willing to make the cartoon on Kickstarter, I'd certainly be happy to contribute in any way I can.

paul said...

Johnny, my hero. Great post.

A. I'd like to see Life Sucks as a Straight-to-DVD Release from Viacom, but I'll.

B. I'm gonna copy and study all of the rough, crude, and highly elaborate storyboard drawings for this unproduced relic, as per the ever talented Nick Cross.

Thank you.

Hasani Byas said...

It is 2013 and I'm still dying to see the full episode, I been watching the clips on it from youtube over and over. If its finished you should for sure make it a straight to dvd release.

Hasani Byas said...

Its 2013 and I'm still dying to see the full episode. I been watching the clips from youtube over and over. This sounds like the best ren and stimpy story ever. DVD release please

Amos Yee said...

I'm literally reeling in shock after watching this