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Sick Little Monkeys: The Unauthorized Ren & Stimpy Story

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In the 1990s animation boom, The Ren & Stimpy Show stood supreme. Through vigorous draftsmanship, charismatic voices, irreverent sight gags, crass humor, and stellar character acting, animation's most talented and disturbed artists created an entity for the Nickelodeon cable network that pulled the art form out of a 25-year rut. The world has never been quite the same ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by BearManor Media
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Andrew
Mar 23, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
I've always been a major fan of Ren & Stimpy, for as long as I've remembered. Sick Little Monkeys, written by longtime animation blogger Thad Komorowski delves into the dark past history of the show's inner machinations. Never before has the other sides of the story seen the light, in the way that Komorowski interviews almost everyone involved, except for a slight handful of people who still belong to creator John Kricfalusi's inner circle. Of course Komorowski couldn't get John K., but his ...more
Josh Latta
Nov 09, 2013 Josh Latta rated it it was amazing
There are two universal truths so absolute that you could set a watch to them. Executives will muck everything up and the other is that John K is kind of a dick.

I’ve been waiting for a book like Thad Komorowski’s Sick Little Monkeys The Unauthorized Ren & Stimpy Story for a long time. Surely we all knew there was more to John K getting shitcanned than the ‘evil hippy ladies’ didn’t like funny cartoons (although that might have a bit to do with it.) Komorowski’s unbiased book shows there are
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Michael
Mar 12, 2013 Michael rated it liked it
A solid (and, as the author says in his preface, likely to be the only) history of the rise and fall of Ren & Stimpy, providing lots of background info on the show, the people -- particularly John Kricfalusi -- and even individual cartoons.

The author is pretty opinionated and has a tendency to editorialize on the merits of various R&S episodes (not to mention other shows and movies) rather than present a dispassionate history. The book is also sprinkled with odd malapropisms -- such as
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Bob Mackey
Feb 09, 2013 Bob Mackey rated it it was amazing
I don't know why, but I'm really drawn to stories about mercurial, self-destructive geniuses. And in the world of animation, no one fits this description quite like John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy. If you've been at all aware of his online presence within the past 15 years, it's easy to view him as an unbalanced, unrealistic crackpot who lashes out at just about everything that's been created since 1950, because, for the most part, that's an entirely accurate description of the ...more
Sarah
Oct 01, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Well researched but poorly written, with the author injecting opinions and hyperbole throughout.
Bradley Bethel
Mar 27, 2013 Bradley Bethel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
If any cartoon represents the dichotomy of mainstream animation, the ongoing struggle between artistic dreams and economic reality, it would be "The Ren & Stimpy Show".

"Sick Little Monkeys" gives the most detailed story to date about the rise and fall of one of the most iconic cartoons of our time. This book was written and published without the participation of series creator, John Kricfalusi, perhaps as an unintended necessity. Having seized primary control of the behind-the-scenes story e
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steen
May 24, 2016 steen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To the author's credit, the book is well-researched and he obviously has a passion for the world of animation. He really looks into every nook and cranny, creating a thorough --- albeit at times tedious --- history of "Ren & Stimpy" and the impact it had in the animation world. My main gripe is that the book doesn't explain certain aspects of the animation process; it just kind of assumes you already know these things. I found myself having to stop, Google some things, and try to teach ...more
Owen
Nov 08, 2013 Owen rated it it was amazing
First off, I would just like to say that I recently have been cheated out of money from John Kricfalusi himself, through his "Can's Without Labels" Kickstarter project. Unfortunately for me this book was released after I had already pledged my 45 bucks. This book digs deep into a history that had been skewed and for the most part covered up by Kricfalusi. The author, Thad, states right from the beginning that he did not attempt to contact him because of a history of online feuds between them. ...more
Kurt Adam
Aug 06, 2013 Kurt Adam rated it liked it
Reading through all the shenanigans that happened through the runs of the various incarnations of Ren & Stimpy, it's amazing to think that any cartoons of any measurable quality managed to be released.
Jorge Garrido
Sep 10, 2013 Jorge Garrido rated it really liked it
Almost a great book. Should have been longer and suffered from John K's refusal to be involved. Some of the writing and grammar was clunky.
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A graduate of Ithaca College, Thad Komorowski is a longtime animation fan and film collector. His caustic and sometimes perverse sense of humor can be seen in his blog WhatAboutThad.com.
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