Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 107 minutes

Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story
Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story

Before Beavis and Butt-Head, Spongebob, and the “adult” animation craze, there was a furious little chihuahua and his “EEDIOT” cat. Ren & Stimpy burst onto the cartoon scene in 1991 with gross-out gags, double entendres, and lots of emotional instability. Nickelodeon’s cat-dog duo quickly reached cult status, as did their explosive creator, John K, whose dramatic departure from the show after just two seasons spawned a mythology of its own. With interviews from countless collaborators—including Bob Camp, Vanessa Coffey, Chris Reccardi, and even Mr. K himself—the documentary delves into the tumultuous environment that produced the often controversial episodes. Drawing John K’s personal history of misconduct into the story, Ren & Stimpy is placed right at the precipice of our current cancel culture. Does the wrongdoing of one erase the influence and creative efforts of many? HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY—THE REN & STIMPY STORY is both a celebration and reconstruction of Ren & Stimpy’s deserved place in cartoon history. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:25 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Film Is Art

Ad Hoc Docs Competition

Director Director

Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood

Ron Cicero

Kimo Easterwood

Sean Jarrett, Christina Burchard, Kevin Klauber, Kimo Easterwood, Ron Cicero

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