The Ren and Stimpy Show, The Complete Series DVD Collection
The creators of Ren & Stimpy did not want to create an "educational" series, a stance which bothered Nickelodeon. As the show grew in popularity, parent groups complained that Stimpy was subject to repeated violence from Ren. Other sources for complaint were the toilet humor and harsh language. Despite these sentiments by Nickelodeon and parental groups, UK CIC Video home releases of the episodes received U (all ages) ratings from the BBFC, while the "lighter" Games episodes received PG ratings. However the subsequent DVD releases the Spümcø episodes were re-rated PG. In the United States, all episodes were given the rating TV-Y7.
Mind and body are constantly at war in Ren and Stimpy After John K’s departure the cartoon becomes increasingly violent, but loses much of the psychological complexity it has in its best moments. I don’t mean to take sides in an animation war, especially since some great episodes ("Ren’s Retirement" and "Insomniac Ren," among others) happen well after Kricfalusi’s departure. All I do mean to say is that Ren and Stimpy is back on Nicktoons this year, and readily available on iTunes. The show makes a fantastically rich commentary on the psyche, and definitely bears reconsideration.
Though it is only offered in Dolby Digital Stereo, the 2.0 here is very crisp and highly atmospheric. The Ren and Stimpy Show is one of the few examples of modern cartoon creation that utilized classical music, in all its bombastic mood management, to sell the sentiment in a scene. From the spooky "Night on Bald Mountain" to the joyful sprite spirit of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, the soundscape backing the bizarreness really accentuates the series. As for the other aural aspects, all the dialogue is upfront and prominent, with the levels of the whispers to the screams maintained perfectly.