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A little style, but no substance,
This review is from: The Ren and Stimpy Show - Seasons Three and a Half-ish (DVD)
This set contains all of season three and half of season four of the series. This way, Paramount can release three mediocore seasons in only two sets, as their next set will contain the rest of season four and season five.
At ths point in the series' roller coaster ride, the show was just taken from John K and Spumco, and was now being made by Nickelodeon and their company Games Animaton. I'll get right to the point: if you love the first and second season episodes of the show like I do, you most likely will be very disappointed by these. The show is a mere shell of what it was. Visually, it looks alright, with nice background painting and some good posing work (not exactly Spumco-quality though), but the writing and stories are completely abysmal. There's none of the wacky humor of the original shows, and they're about stories that I don't care about. And the show's keep going and going, and then they just end. Pretty much all of these shows have inconclusive endings; they just stop. Billy West is doing Stimpy, and now Ren here, as well as essentially every other voice. It could practically be called the Billy West show. As brilliant a voice actor he is, it's really just too much. Between this and the misplacement of celebrity voices, who have absolutely no place in the world of Ren & Stimpy (like Rosie O'Donnell), the show doesn't sound good either. The shame is that some episodes have a good premise ("Hard Times for Haggis") or start out well ("Hermit Ren") and they turn completely awful. It's a stone cold shame.
So if I hate these shows so much, then why am I giving it two stars? Well, it's got some things going for it. On the first disc, some of the episodes there were originally started at Spumco and finished by Games. But, they still retain some good moments. Shows like "To Salve or Salve Not!", "Stimpy's Cartoon Show", and "Jimminy Lummox" have some moments I like. John K and the original Spumco team are bcak for more commentary on a lot of shows, and I'd say they're worth listening too, but I really enjoy listening to commentairies. And, the box and disc art, and the actual DVD is very well done.
Is this set worth getting? I'd say no, but some extreme Ren and Stimpy fans might be interested in getting it. Be forwarned that the next set "Season Five and Some of Four" can only be worse, and will be followed by an Adult Party Cartoon set, which many R & S fans have been waiting for.