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Spümcø, Inc. (or simply "Spumco") was an American animation production company that was founded in 1988 by John Kricfalusi, along with Lynne Naylor, Bob Camp and Jim Smith. Shortly after that, the studio pitched its first production to Nickelodeon, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and premiered on August 11, 1991. In September 1992, Nickelodeon fired the company due to production delays and Games Animation (now "Nickelodeon Animation Studio") was formed shortly after and Camp took over the production of the show. Years later, the company went on to produce other programs such as The Ripping Friends for Fox Kids and later brought back Ren & Stimpy under Ren & Stimpy's Adult Party Cartoon which premiered in June 2003 on TNN (then "Spike", and now "Paramount Network".) On July 18, 2005, John Kricfalusi shut down the studio shortly after a lawsuit was filed by Carbunkle Cartoons against it in the Canadian court system. In 2016, a Tumblr post made by former Cartoon Network storyboard artist Gabe Del Valle announced that he and John Kricfalusi were reviving the studio as Spümtwo, however Del Valle deleted the post after he was rehired by Cartoon Network. On March 4, 2017, Kricfalusi opened another studio called John K. Studios. However, after sexual harassment allegations against him were made, the website (and presumably the studio) was shut down on July 2018. In 2020, Nickelodeon Animation Studio announced they were working on a reboot of The Ren & Stimpy Show for Comedy Central, but Kricfalusi has no involvement at all due to the allegations and was forced to retire that year.
1st Logo (August 10, 1990-May 23, 1993)
Logo: Over a dark brown background, we see a drawing of a boy's head, drooling. On the top-left of the screen is the text "SPÜMCØ" in colorful letters with two yellow umlauts above the "U" , and a line in the "O". Underneath the company name is the slogan "The Danes call it "Quality"" in blue.
Trivia: The boy depicted is another one of John Kricfalusi's characters, named Jimmy the Idiot Boy. He was originally going to make a Nicktoon about this character but didn't want to lose the rights, so he used Ren and Stimpy instead. Jimmy would later be seen in Kricfalusi's other projects such as The G*ddamn George Liquor Program and The Ripping Friends, as well as the video to the song "I Miss You" by Bjork.
Music/Sounds: The ending theme. On the uncut version of "Big House Blues" pilot, a short guitar riff.
Availability: Uncommon. Appeared on the first two seasons of The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (October 15, 1997-1998)
Logo: On a sky blue background, an aqua-colored arrow moves to the right and comes down. A light yellow star then appears diagonally from the left of the arrow. "SPÜMCØ" then slides in from the right onto the arrow, and "presents" appears in the same font in purple inside a white circle below the arrow.
FX/SFX: The arrow moving, the star and text appearing.
Availability: Extinct. Appeared on John Kricfalusi's web cartoon, The G*ddamn George Liquor Program. All episodes can be found on YouTube.
Editor's Note: None.
3rd Logo (September 22, 2001-October 20, 2004)
Nicknames: "One Girl and Two Boys", "The George Liquor Logo"
Logo: Against a light blue/dark yellow background, three of John K's characters (Jimmy the Idiot Boy from the first logo, Sody Pop, and George Liquor) are seen on the right side of the screen behind a light yellow starburst, and in the same font as the first logo is the word "SPÜMCØ" on the top corner of the screen.
Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.
Availability: Rare. Appeared on The Ripping Friends and the infamous Ren and Stimpy's Adult Party Cartoon. Neither air on TV anymore, but the latter is on DVD as The Lost Episodes. This was also seen on the video game Go! Go! Hypergrind.
Editor's Note: None.