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In 2013, there's was a tentative to make a documentary about Spümcø called The Spümcø Movie, with direction of Janiel Corona. A website and a teaser about the documentary were released.


In the 1980s, the American animation industry was in a real slump. With the fall of theatrical shorts in the late 50s, cartoons gradually moved to television and had declined in quality over the years with limited animation becoming the rule, not the exception. These cartoons contributed to what was otherwise known as the "Dark Ages" of animation - an era where uninspired and cheaply produced cartoons ruled televised animation with an iron fist. Worst of all, a whole generation of children's television was destroyed in its decadence due to the majority of cartoons becoming nothing more than glorified toy commercials or bad rehashes of older cartoons that had "marquee value".

Needless to say, it was a bad time to be a Cartoonist too. For years Cartoonists had no say in the creative process and were either treated with disdain by so-called "Cartoon Scriptwriters" and television executives or used as cogs in a dysfunctional production system that inherently produced bland, unfunny cartoons. Fed up with the oppression of the cartoon business, renegade Cartoonists, Jim Smith, Lynne Naylor, Bob Camp, and John Kricfalusi quit the established studio grind to create a home for themselves - an independent studio for Cartoonists by Cartoonists - and christened it "Spümcø" after animation pioneer, Raymond Spüm. Its purpose: to make cartoons that Cartoonists could be proud of instead of being ashamed of.

By 1989, John Kricfalusi sold The Ren & Stimpy Show to Nickelodeon, the cable network for kids, and the result was an over the top animated sitcom starring Ren Höek, a psychotic chihuahua, and his dimwitted sidekick, Stimpson J. Cat. Despite constant friction between Nickelodeon and Spümcø over missed deadlines and controversial material, the series was a surprising success and instantly ignited the "renaissance" of cartoons in the mid 90s, influencing countless other animated TV shows such as Beavis & Butt-head and South Park. After The Ren & Stimpy Show became a massive hit, the studio went on to contribute many other important creative and technological innovations to the cartoon business that eventually changed the landscape of mainstream animation forever.

The Spümcø Movie is a documentary film that takes you on a journey into the hilariously offbeat world of cartoony animation by chronicling the history and twisted minds behind one of the most influential and innovative animation studios of all time.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. The documentary didn't got enough funds to continuing to produce it.
  2. It didn't find a distributor to distribute the documentary.
  3. Copyright issues involving the use of the clips of The Ren & Stimpy Show and The Ripping Friends in the movie may also had a hand to the documentary's cancellation.


  1. The movie was permanently cancelled.
  2. The movie's website and teaser were deleted sometime in 2014 after the movie was cancelled.