Ren Seeks Help (Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon")
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Ren Seeks Help is an episode of Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon". It follows Ren finally feeling guilty about something abusive that he did to Stimpy, so he seeks to a therapist to help him and tells his darkest childhood stories and why he became such an abusive psychopath in the first place.
The episode opens in a room, where Stimpy is seen screaming and crying hysterically on the bed while Ren looks on with an ashamed and apologetic expression. Ren apologizes to him and promises that he will go seek help and find out about his problems. While Stimpy continues to cry on the bed, Ren leaves his home and slowly walks through the city to seek a therapist. After arriving at a place simply called "Help", he meets Mr. Horse dressed as a psychiatrist and tells him his childhood story, as he did, the flashback begins with the birth of Ren, and his abusive behavior began as a child where abused bugs such yanking out their legs, licking them, and burn them out, and as well as his favorite of all is hurting a frog, but until the injured frog pleases and forces Ren to end him up to put him out of his misery. However, Ren then decides that he can't after he was confused over the frog's request.
Later one day, Ren's parents forces their son to end the abused frog's life by giving him a chainsaw. But Ren is, as usual, faking of killing the frog and instead throw him alive in the garbage can. Back in the present day, Ren tells Mr. Horse about the time he met Stimpy. After hearing Ren's horrid story, Mr. Horse angrily tell him that he's crazy that he should've stay away from normal people, and decides to beat him up. However Ren goes on his voilent action by killing Mr. Horse. After he did killed him by whacking him with a gun, two groups of the animal controls appears while the crazed dog goes on the attack by bit off one of the men's hand off. Until the second caught Ren with a net and take him away to the pound. Afterwards, the same injured frog from Ren’s childhood crawls in and then shoots himself for his suicide, but survives, causing him to suffer in even more agony. Then the cartoon ends with a Looney Tunes alike ending card, with the characters smiling at the audience along with a sign reads "That's It Folks!"
Why It Sucks
- As opposed to the original Ren & Stimpy series, this episode has a cold, alien-like vibe to it all, and feels more like a Ren & Stimpy horror creepypasta than an actual Ren & Stimpy episode or some fictional Lost Episode that isn't really meant to exist like Dead Bart or Squidward's Suicide.
- Misleading title: Ren does NOT seek help.
- Ren is extremely unlikable here, as he mentions how he enjoyed tormenting bugs when he was little and also kills Mr. Horse after he is called crazy.
- Stimpy's crying is ear-piercing, although we do feel bad for him after Ren argued with him.
- Very ugly title card with Ren making a disturbing face.
- It not only destroyed Ren's character, it butchered it beyond belief without even a reason.
- Ugly, ugly story within a reason why this was bad from the start.
- It is more or less a morbid rip-off of the episode Ren Needs Help from the original Ren & Stimpy, but with more disturbing imagery, even though that episode was conceived right after John Kricfalusi was fired from the original show.
- Unfunny humor.
- Ren does not even get punished by his parents; he was going to be punished, but his mother allows Ren to use a chainsaw instead of a gun to end the poor frog.
- The animation in this episode may be decent, but it gets really dark, and yet is treated as a comedy, when it is all a horror show.
- The ending is so terrible and hugely disturbing. Why end the episode like a Looney Tunes cartoon for all the stuff everybody saw through? It's so off-putting and insulting to the Looney Tunes cartoons that it just become terrifying.
- Ren somewhat screeches like a cat while killing Mr. Horse, even though he's a chihuahua.
- Five plot holes (and animation errors):
- Ren somehow gains demon-like horns on his head while attacking Mr. Horse, almost as if he transformed into a demon.
- Ren having a fourth toe and a fifth finger on his arm after he goes crazy even though Ren normally has three toes and four fingers and an animal control guy's hand being bitten off of his left arm to his right.
- While Ren is attacking Mr. Horse by scratching him, he appears to not have his clothes on, but when he is about to get the gun, he has his clothes on.
- The bitten hand, which has five fingers, suddenly has four in the next scene where Ren digests it.
- A pool of Stimpy's tears appear in the next shot, which shows the floor like the previous scene without transition.
- Ren reminisces how he met Stimpy.
- The story of the episode can actually work in a horror show, but in a comedy show, it really feels out of place.
- The rest of the series shown no continuity of this episode, so we can just pretend this didn't happen.
Ren Seeks Help was universally panned by critics, audiences, and longtime Ren and Stimpy fans. It is often considered the worst episode of the series. This episode got the series canceled before the remaining were on DVD. It sits at a 2.8/10 on IMDb. Being the lowest rated in the whole series. Phantomstrider considers this the worst cartoon episode and the worst cartoon of all-time. Well-known cartoon devotee Thad Komorowski was move favorable on the episode, giving it four and a half out of five stars on his Sick Little Monkeys: The Unauthorized Ren & Stimpy Story book, and calling it "a grim classic". Besides that, It was largely hated.
- This episode was originally written in 1991 for the original show's second season when the first season of the original Nickelodeon's Ren & Stimpy series finished production and started airing until 1992 according to John Kricfalusi, however, Nickelodeon declined the idea as of it being too intense, so 11 years later, the idea was sent over to Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon.
- Despite Richard Pursel still loves this episode, he hates the parts of Mr. Frog being suicidal, tortured and brutally abused by Ren.
- Ren's father was inspired in the combination of John Kricfalusi's own father, Mike Kricfalusi and his Unitarian minister grandfather.