Lesley Gaspar

Ren and Stimpy take over

The unwholesome-looking skinny one with the ample ears is neither insect nor rodent — he’s a type-A Chihuahua who talks like Peter Lorre on steroids. And his lumpy, tailless companion, whose tongue often hangs out just because he forgets to put it back in his mouth, is a cat: guileless, unworldly, infantile — the perfect consumer. Their names are Ren and Stimpy, and they inhabit a grotesque, wildly imaginative realm something like ours, but louder, messier, and a lot more elastic. They are also the biggest news in TV cartoons since The Simpsons.

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