This will be an interesting journal. After Mr. Enter's release of his notebook of the Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon
episode "Ren Seeks Help", comments spread vastly. Now over 500, with people saying that this episode is pure evil, with others who refuse to even watch it. I took a look at this episode again, and I have a lot more detail to say about it. But did I really think this episode was that abysmal? Let's find out.
In my last review of the APC series, I said that "Ren Seeks Help" was one of the better episodes. I'll clarify what I mean. This episode is obviously not played for laughs. And people need to know that Ren & Stimpy is never consistent. Each episode is different, even Ren and Stimpy themselves have changes. In this episode, Ren is a very cruel, despicable, and creepy person. This is a psychotic view of Ren's childhood and issues, and I looked at this like it was a horror story. And compared to the other episodes of APC, this one actually has a cohesive story, and it kept me interested through all the episode. There's no need to take what happens in this episode very seriously.
However, even I can admit that this episode is DEFINITELY screwed up, and I can definitely see why many people were disturbed. First of all, Ren's behavior is terrible. When he was born, a doctor slapped him very hard. This caused Ren to inflict pain on others. Throughout his childhood, he did a lot of animal abuse to insects, and the graphic animation and screams makes the suffering quite cringe-worthy. His main target was a frog, that he hurt many times with his bike, firecrackers, and a car battery. And after all that, when the frog asked to be killed... Ren REFUSES to do it, wanting him to suffer more... "Have a wonderful life!". Just, wow...
After Ren's story, Mr. Horse was startled and furious. This is the highlight of the episode, Mr. Horse called Ren out on his behavior and beats the crap out of him. After that crowning moment, we reach the ending... and while I'll admit to loving how creepy it looks, it is definitely very disturbing. Ren kills Mr. Horse very violently, and he bites off a doctor's hand and EATS it in a creepy manner, and gets hauled away. And no, the frog does not get to kill himself unfortunately.
THIS EPISODE WAS... yes, it was disturbing, cruel, and graphic. Those are reasons for one not to like this episode, but if I have to be honest here, I still didn't find this episode to be that bad. I explained why I don't have much hate on this episode, and as screwed up as this was, there's much more gross moments in other APC episodes, especially
"Stimpy's Pregnant". Also, I love the animation here. I'm also a fan of creepy animation, and I liked how disturbing Ren looked. This was the scariest one. sta.sh/0am8rdtb1b1
But from all of that, this was an interesting experience, and it's something quite different you'd see from Ren & Stimpy, and it's no wonder why many are so disturbed from this episode.
And REALLY? You're going to end the episode like this?