Happy Happy, Joy Joy! Ren and Stimpy
fans who missed out on last year's Time-Life offerings
can rejoice! Paramount has quietly let retailers know that Ren and Stimpy - The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons
will be available to sell in-stores on October 12
Over 30 episodes will be present on this release: "Stimpy's Big Day," "The Big Shot," "Stimpy's Storybook Land: Robin Hoek," "Nurse Stimpy," "Space Madness," "The Boy Who Cried 'Rat!'," "Fire Dogs," "Stimpy's Storybook Land: The Littlest Giant," "Marooned," "Untamed World," "Black Hole," "Stimpy's Invention," "In the Army," "Powdered Toastman," "Ren's Toothache," "Big House Blues," "Out West," "Rubber Nipple Salesmen," "Sven Hoek," "Mad Dog Hoek," "Haunted House," "Big Baby Scam," "Dog Show," "Son of Stimpy," "Monkey See, Monkey Don't," "Fake Dad," "The Great Outdoors," "The Cat That Laid The Golden Hairball," "Stimpy's Fan Club," "A Visit to Anthony," and "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen."
For those of us who managed to get the short-lived direct sale offering before Time-Life's rights (quickly) expired, there's still good reason to also get the new set. Besides 10 episodes that weren't on the old discs ("Mad Dog Hoek," "Haunted House," "Big Baby Scam," "Son of Stimpy," "Monkey See, Monkey Don't," "Fake Dad," "The Cat That Laid The Golden Hairball," "Stimpy's Fan Club," "A Visit to Anthony," and "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen"), Paramount's release will also have these extras:
- Audio Commentary
- Image Gallery
Neat add-ons that make it worth adding this to your collection, eh? Something else that would make it worthwhile is if these turn out to be the completely unedited versions of each short. As an example, in the episode "Powdered Toastman," a document is burned in the fireplace, making a joke out of the ignorance of "PTM" when he unwittingly shoves it in. Originally the paper was identifiable as the U.S. Constitution by the words "We The People" at the top, but on the Time-Life DVDs it is only a blank piece of paper. This is just one example of the edits this show has seen, both for broadcast and on the old DVDs. C'mon, Paramount...give us the unedited, original versions of each cartoon!
The running time is listed at 418 minutes, and pricing info isn't yet available. Nor is cover art, but we expect to have that reasonably soon. Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, recite the oath: "I do hereby promise only to watch the Ren & Stimpy Show