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This was Spumco's first new TV show in almost 10 years, following the mishaps with Nickelodeon and Ren & Stimpy. The show was great under Spumco's supervision. It remained reasonably good under Games' (Nick's) supervision, but got pale towards the end.
Ripping Friends was another cartoon concept that John Kricfalusi had been saving for years. It was shown on Fox Kids, and only lasted one season. Granted Spumco has changed over the years, this somehow doesn't pack a punch as well as Ren & Stimpy. I have watched most of the episodes after hearing that Ripping Friends was from the same guy behind Ren & Stimpy. Unfortunately, this show can't be put in the same league as R & S.
The artwork is cleaner, which is good. But the writing, character portrayal, and overall humor falls flat. There's enough of story development in where they're actually telling what's going on, but the main problem I have is with the humor. Spumco thrives on physical comedy, which isn't bad, since many classic cartoon studios did the same. But John K. and co. tries so hard to make the jokes funny, that most of the jokes come off overly done. I can't say a lot for the characters, either. Each have true personality development, but they're anything but memorable.
Ripping Friends is basically just dull. I do commend Spumco for their quest in gaining creative justice in animation, and resisting most of the unfortunate cartoon formulas we have to put up with (mainly from the likes of DIC and Klasky-Csupo). But I hope they can do better than this in the future.
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