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Big House Blues (1990)

Ren and Stimpy, on the streets starving, are captured by the dog catcher. They end up in the pound and become frightened when one of the dogs tells them of the "big sleep".

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John Kricfalusi

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John Kricfalusi (story) (as John K.), Bob Camp (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Henry Porch Henry Porch ... Phil the Dog (voice) (as Hendry)
Bob Camp Bob Camp ... The Effeminate Dogcatcher / Vocal FX (voice)
Jim Smith Jim Smith ... The Narrator / The Dogcatcher (voice)
Brian Chin Brian Chin ... Jasper the Pup (voice)
John Kricfalusi ... Ren Höek (voice)
Billy West ... Stimpson J. 'Stimpy' Cat (voice)
Cheryl Chase ... The Little Girl (voice) (as Cheryl Hudock)
Lynne Naylor Lynne Naylor ... Mom (voice)
Pierre DeCelles Pierre DeCelles ... Hideous Screams and Cackles (voice)
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Ren and Stimpy, on the streets starving, are captured by the dog catcher. They end up in the pound and become frightened when one of the dogs tells them of the "big sleep".

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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Spümcø See more »
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Trivia

When Ren talks to the little girl, the dogs behind the gate seem to resemble certain Hanna-Barbera characters. See more »

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When Stimpy hwarfs hairballs on Ren, Ren says, "I'm covered with hairballs", but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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Connections

References A Gruesome Twosome (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Dog Pound Hop
Written by Scott Huml, John Kricfalusi, Chris Reccardi & Jim Smith
Performed by Scott Huml, Chris Reccardi & Jim Smith
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The way the world was introduced to Ren and Stimpy
14 October 2005 | by FrankBooth_DeLargeSee all my reviews

Ren and Stimpy is one of the best cartoons ever made. Everything about it is surreal, the situations characters get into are bizarre and funny, and the characters are great.

Big House Blues was the pilot that would later start the legacy of Ren and Stimpy. The two main characters are Ren Hoek, a scrawny, hyperactive chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat(Stimpy), an overweight, idiotic cat who is generally the dumb character, but has his occasional smart moments later on in the series.

In the story, Ren and Stimpy are brought to the "big house" along with other dogs. At first, they are told they will have fun, and they do have fun for a while with the other dogs, but not all goes well when they realize that they will eventually get "the big sleep." There are a few things that were just small details at the time, but when the series started, they would be more noticed. In this pilot, we see how Stimpy receives his beloved litter box, the music playing when the dogs are having a party is what would become the opening them music, and many clips from this episode end up being shown during the introduction in each episode.

This might just be a short pilot episode, but it is how Ren and Stimpy were introduced to television.

Any Ren and Stimpy fan should see this episode. If you want to see it in its entirety, the DVD has the uncut version that is worth watching.


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