The Ren & Stimpy Show / Seasons Three and a Half-ish : 4 of 5
This fun DVD set (which was another Christmas gift from my parents) continues the series with 18 more full episodes of Ren & Stimpy. These episodes were mostly started by Spumco and John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, and then finished by Nickelodeon's own studio after the big controversial firing of John K. So, this time around there are still several fantastic episodes (some of my favorites, in fact), but there are also a few duds that start to creep in, as Nickelodeon ran out of John K.'s original story ideas. My absolute favorite episode from this set is An Abe Divided, which always makes me laugh out loud, especially when Stimpy drops his nickel in the "See the President Pick His Nose" slot! Of course, Ren's Pecs is always a hit, and there are several episodes that were much better than I remembered (since I haven't seen them in years), especially Lair of the Lummox! Because these episodes were "stolen" from John K., it's fascinating to listen to his commentary, along with other original Spumco artists. Not only does he totally rip on the changes that were made to his stories, but he goes off on long discussions about the television animation industry in general. It's also a blast to listen to the other guys praise John K. up and down, even though he's sitting right there (and never says thanks!). Well, he may have a bizarre temperament, but he's still an animation genius who brought me this great show! I'll have to get the next set of episodes to complete my set soon.