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Part of SFFILM Festival

Happy Happy Joy Joy – The Ren & Stimpy Story

Directed by Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood

USA | Documentary | 107

11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 9:15 pm
Victoria Theatre
Victoria Theatre 2961 16th Street (between Mission and Capp Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
13 Apr
Mon, Apr 13 at 3:00 pm
Roxie Theater


The controversial show Ren & Stimpy (1991-95) was ostensibly for kids but quickly found an appreciative older audience and initiated the wave of adult animation programs that continues today. Though the program is remembered fondly, less is known of the behind-the-scenes crises and conflicts that this wide-ranging documentary dives into. Through interviews with producers, animators, fans, and controversial creator John Kricfalusi himself, the filmmakers present the show’s undeniable achievements while also presenting the grime behind the curtain.

Happy Happy Joy Joy is both an homage to an inspired endeavor and a cautionary tale illustrating how even the greatest popular success can be brought down by unchecked ego, perfectionism, and ‘artistic temperament’ at the top. Feature debutants Ron Cicerl and Kimo Easterwood’s documentary is a very entertaining recap that grows more disturbing as it wades into the dysfunctional behavior that doomed the show, and still somewhat taints its legacy.” –Dennis Harvey, Variety

Director Ron Cicero

Ron Cicero has been a member of the camera and electrical crews on films, including working as a grip, gaffer, lighting designer, and electrician. He makes his feature writing/directing debut with Happy Happy Joy Joy – The Ren & Stimpy Story.

Director Kimo Easterwood

After getting his start as a grip and electrician, Kimo Easterwood moved into cinematography with Christopher Titus: Love Is Evol (2009) and Special Unit (2017). Happy Happy Joy Joy – The Ren & Stimpy Story is his first film as a director.



Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 107

Country USA/Canada

Director Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood

Producer Ron Cicero

Editor Sean Jarrett, Christina Burchard, Kevin Klauber, Ron Cicero, Kimo Easterwood

Cinematographer Kimo Easterwood