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Skwigly Podcast: Celebrating 25 years of ‘The Ren & Stimpy Show’

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Ep57In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we celebrate the groundbreaking Nicktoon classic The Ren and Stimpy Show which debuted 25 years ago this month. Now enjoying a repeat run as part of Nickelodeon’s The Splat line-up, the series changed the landscape of TV animation forever, paving the way for animated series production to return to its creator and art-driven roots.

As well as revisiting earlier podcast chats with series creator John Kricfalusi and voice performer Billy West, this episode features brand new interviews with key show talent:

Jim Gomez (Writer/Layout Artist)

Described recently by series co-creator Bob Camp as “the unsung hero of Ren & Stimpy“, Jim’s early work on the show involved character creation and layouts before ultimately settling into writing and story. Subsequent to the show Jim has worked in voice directing and The Billy West Podcast which he co-hosts.

Stephen DeStefano (Storyboard/Layout Artist)

Stephen’s work on the series spanned several areas from background design to storyboards and layout. Stephen would work on the show throughout its run, cutting his teeth during the show’s Spumco era, returning during the Games era and as a freelancer for the final season. Since Ren & Stimpy he has worked on productions including Venture Bros, Storycorps, Sym-Bionic Titan, Paul Rudish’s new Mickey Mouse shorts and Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania 2. He has also been the official artist for Popeye for over 20 years.

Bob Jaques (Animation director, Carbunkle Cartoons)

Along with partner Kelly Armstrong, Bob/Carbunkle was responsible for what would undoubtedly be considered some of the first three seasons strongest and most memorable animated sequences.

With a particular gift for timing, Bob has worked on subsequent John K/Spumco productions Boo Boo Runs Wild and the 2003 Ren & Stimpy revival Adult Party Cartoon, as well as more recent productions including Robotboy, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Uncle Grandpa and Spongebob.

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