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Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story2020

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Despite glossing over some of the darker events in the subject's life, Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story is an engaging look at a groundbreaking show.

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HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY is the story of the rise and fall of one of the most influential animated series in the history of television. It's the story of a group of talented and dedicated artists whose incredible work brought to life two of the most beloved characters of all time -- Ren & Stimpy. It's also a cautionary tale of artistic genius gone awry. The controversial creator of the groundbreaking show, John Kricfalusi, both caused and experienced trauma that deeply affected his work and relationships. Through archival footage, show artwork, and interviews with the artists, actors, and executives behind the show, co-directors Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood artfully illuminate the joy, beauty, and lasting impact of Ren & Stimpy, as well as the dual sides of the show's creator, a man who is both a brilliant animator and storyteller as well as a deeply flawed person.

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Critic Reviews for Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

Happy Happy Joy Joy is a dismal coda to a fondly remembered show, with Kricfalusi's collaborators still distressed over what happened.

April 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Recounts the meteoric rise and fall of the beloved kids' show, which wasn't really for kids, and whose highs and lows were all the byproduct of its creator.

February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

The film is actually perhaps most interesting-and most valuable to the initiated-as a piece of criticism-by-creator.

August 23, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The clues, tidily packaged, explain away Kricfalusi's pathology. "Happy Happy Joy Joy" is a cautionary tale not a hagiography

August 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Easterwood's documentary is a very entertaining recap that grows more disturbing as it wades into the dysfunctional behavior that doomed the show, and still somewhat taints its legacy.

February 4, 2020 | Full Review…

A story of immense creativity destroyed by the ego of one man.

January 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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