Thursday, April 14, 2011

Modren* (for Modern*)

The Ren & Stimpy Show debuted on Nickelodeon in August of 1991. The brainchild of Canadian animator John Kricfalusi, it featured the eponymous Ren Höek, a "psychotic chihuahua," and Stimpson J. Cat, a "good-natured, dimwitted" feline. It was produced by Kricfalusi's own animation company, Spümcø, to brilliant effect: it was hip, dark, surreal, and sophisticated. And I loved it. At first. But since it seems nothing this good can ever just be left alone, after two years of valiantly battling Nickelodeon's Standards and Practices department, Kricfalusi lost the fight (in 1992, he was fired by Nickelodeon, who then moved production to their own animation department) and the show promptly went downhill. Still, it was great fun while it lasted. Or as Stimpy would say: "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!" You'll surely make someone happy today if you find some examples of today's typo and make them whole. Modren* (for modern*) occurred 12 times in OhioLINK and over 300 times in WorldCat.

(The Ren & Stimpy Show title card, from Wikipedia.)

Carol Reid

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