it’s so weird to see cartoons that try to be the next ren and stimpy. like dude, there will NEVER be anything like ren and stimpy ever again
part of what made the show different was that the person who ran it was absolutely batshit insane. john k shoved all of his vitriol and daddy issues into ren and stimpy, and looking back knowing what i know now about him it’s extremely obvious. there’s a subconscious layer of ren and stimpy that’s so inherently uncomfortable and unsettling and PERSONAL that can’t be reproduced. the fact that characters often writhed in agony so realistically coupled with the manic voice acting only drove that home. there are episodes that to this day leave me feeling uncomfortable, and it’s one of my favorite cartoons.
look at the john k seasons compared to the games seasons. the games seasons kinda played it safe, but didn’t have the same feel. they didn’t feel like looking into the mind of a terrible, disturbed person like the john k seasons did. hell, look at adult party cartoon – it’s even more uncomfortable and disturbing because john k wasn’t on a leash and was able to do whatever he wanted. the original run of ren and stimpy is even tame compared to that show.
all the fart jokes, booger jokes, extreme gross closeups and double entendres in the world won’t save you unless you have the same kind of emotional, disturbing, hysterical mind producing it.