“Shh, Ren’s Taking A Coma”

Gravitas Ventures has released a new trailer for the documentary Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story.

The documentary tells the story about the cult cartoon series Ren & Stimpy. The film explores the rise and fall of the series, but it’s also a film about the rise and fall of the show’s controversial creator, John Kricfalusi.

Kricfalusi was accused of abuse and manipulation and has since retreated from the spotlight, but is interviewed in this film, not only to tell the Ren & Stimpy story but to speak his piece.

Here’s the trailer –

The synopsis reads –

“In the early 1990s, the animated show Ren & Stimpy broke ratings records and was a touchstone for a generation of fans and artists. Creator John Kricfalusi was celebrated as a visionary, but even though his personality suffused the show, dozens of artists and network executives were just as responsible for the show’s meteoric rise. As Kricfalusi’s worst impulses were let loose at the workplace and new allegations about even more disturbing behavior have surfaced recently, his reputation now threatens to taint the show forever.”

Ren & Stimpy originally debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991, airing five seasons and 52 episodes before concluding its initial run in 1995. Failure to deliver episodes on time led to a clash between Kricfalusi and the network, with the creator ultimately departing the series in 1992. The series was also adapted into a series of video games and comic books over the years.

Happy Happy Joy Joy will be released on August 14th.