Showing posts from August, 2021

Happy 30th, Ren & Stimpy!

30 years ago today, on August 11, 1991,  The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon.  It was one of the three original "Nicktoons," along with the shows Rugrats and Doug.  I have been a fan of the show since I was in my tweens.  My first exposure to the cartoon was the "Kilted Yaksmen Anthem," the lyrics to which I can still recite by heart nearly 30 years later.    John Kricfalusi, the show's creator -- along with his animation studio Spumco -- was fired from the show in 1992 among missed production deadlines and controversy about the show's content.  The show was then taken over by Games Animation, Nickelodeon's in-house animation studio.  To be honest, I prefer the Spumco episodes over the later ones.  To me, there is just something that is lacking in the Games shows.   I do have some Ren & Stimpy collectibles in my room. One of my favorite material possessions -- though not my first one!  An original cel of the Tooth Beaver from "Ren

Dolls redux

Hello again, dear readers!  I hope your summer is going well.  As it turns out, mine has been the summer of dolls.  I have acquired so many that the shelf I posted about in my last post is no longer adequate and I had to get something bigger. I got this shelf at Walmart, in the hardware section.  It is actually a shelf for garage storage.  I was concerned about the shelf being able to accommodate my 16 inch dolls (on the second shelf) and I have a doll collecting friend who has a similar shelf, so I asked her to measure hers so I'd have a ballpark idea of what I had to work with.  Thanks, Sharon! This is the top shelf.  I had to do a DIY job on the little Japanese lady next to Jackie Kennedy -- one of the tuning pegs was missing on her guitar (which I probably wouldn't have noticed at all if I wasn't a huge guitar nerd).  I noticed that the peg looked much like the head of a Q-tip so I colored the head of a Q-tip with a Sharpie marker and glued it on.  Problem solved!   Sec