5a. Who makes R&S?
The creative force behind R&S is John Kricfalusi. He is also Ren's voice.
John K.'s last name is pronounced "KRIS-fah-loo-see". He is 36 and from
John K is "stunned" that so many adults watch R&S. (See #18 for the scoop
about his reaction to this FAQ)
He [John K] was a major creative force (under the [Ralph] Bakshi umbrella)
behind the New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, and he was also involved with The
Stimpy's voice is Billy West. Billy West is also the voice of "Doug," one of
the other Nicktoons. West used to work at WBCN in Boston, which is famous
for shock-radio. He is also "Announcer," "Svën," "Ren," and "Flies (from
Ren's Toothache)" according to Film Threat (and what I know). (I have a
file about his background I have posted. E-mail me for it or if you have an
FTP site I can put it on please.)
When John K. left R&S, Billy West is doing Ren on an interim basis until a
new person could be found. He debuted on "What'll We Do Till Then?" with
Stimpy blowing himself up like a balloon. Vanessa Coffey, the producer for
all the Nicktoons, has announced that they are looking through talent
agencies for a replacement.
Billy West is scheduled to come to Miami University of Ohio in early
October. More details will be posted when I get them (and yes, Miami is
where I go to college).
Second season credits list "The Spumco Players" or "The Players", presumably
the voice artists. They include (from "In The Army / Powdered Toast Man"):
Harris Peet, Cheryl Chase, Michael Pataki, Bob Camp, Vincent Waller, John
K., Jim Smith, Henry Porch, Charlie Birssette and Billy West. Many of these
are people with other jobs within Spumco.
So far there have been two acknowledged guest stars: Gary Owens as Powdered
Toast Man, and Frank Zappa as The Pope (both in "Powdered Toast Man"). Gary
Owens has also appeared in several bumpers as the part of the announcer.
Three unannounced guest stars have appeared on R&S. In "Stimpy's Fan Club,"
Soleil Moon Frye (of "Punky Brewster" fame) was one of the fans. In "Visit
To Anthony", Randy Quaid guest stars, and Anthony plays himself.
The creative organization is called "Spumco". The company motto is "The
Danes call it quality." ("Spumco" has also been reportedly an acronym which
has long been forgotten.) See #7b for details.
The boy whose picture is shown with the motto is Jimmy, the hapless boy -
the company mascot (From firstname.lastname@example.org). It's said that he is John
K.'s oldest creation for T.V. and his "best" character (Cinfantastique).
After John K. was fired, there was a split. A "puppet" company called
"Games Productions" (a.k.a. "Stabco" and "Milkmen") makes and creates Ren
And Stimpy. John K. is on his own with Spumco making "George Liquor" and "He
Hog" for this fall. Games Productions is very tightly controlled by Nick, so
their scripts don't seem to be half as funny as John K.'s where he was wild,
wacky, and funny.
Billy West ended up getting the job of Ren (for Season 2 though), and Ron
Hughart is now directing some of the shows. Ron H. works within the
organization as a Timing Director. Recently, Games Productions changed its
name to Games Animations. What this exactly means for R&S is this: they're a
bunch of Nick-eediots!