Cans Without Labels (partially found backer rewards from Kickstarter campaign by Ren and Stimpy creator; 2012-2019)

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Cover art from the DVD release of the short.

Status: Partially Found

In 2012, John Kricfalusi, creator of the Nickelodeon series The Ren & Stimpy Show, would create a kickstarter campaign page for a short film named Cans Without Labels.[1] The campaign promised rewards such as T-Shirts, Pencil Toppers, Digital Desktop Toys, and other things. It ultimately lasted until 2013, and from then on, the production of the animation began.

However, due to troubles with the production of the short, it resulted in most of the backer rewards to not be delivered, and after 7 years of production, Cans Without Labels would release in 2019 with negative reception, due to John's sexual abuse allegations being exposed in 2018, and for the animation being low-quality with multiple issues, ending John Kricfalusi's animation career.

The last update made by John about the project was in May 27, 2019, and since then, no additional updates would be made about the rewards, resulting in some of them being completely lost.

The List Of Kickstarter Rewards That Were Promised To Backers

Many of the Kickstarter rewards were promised on the campaign page, which will be listed here along with the descriptions provided on the page. Only a few rewards are digital only, which will only be listed here.

$1 Backers

$1 Backers would receive a copy of short film. It's unknown if it has any differences compared to the version posted on YouTube by John himself.

$10 Backers

"Be the first in your neighborhood to own one of my new digital toys. Tear it out of the virtual package, roll it around, click it in sensitive areas and watch it do something stupid and lovable."

$10 Backers would receive a downloadable link to a desktop toy which could be shared to other people online.

$20 Backers

"You can get a pack of 3 of my fancy-ass new digital toys to collect and trade with friends from many lands through the internets"

$20 Backers would receive a downloadable link to a pack of 3 desktop toys which could be shared to other people online.

$50 Backers

$50 Backers would receive a DVD copy of the short, featuring an animatic for a Ren And Stimpy short that was supposed to be released as a special feature for "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water".

However, the short was never produced, with the only thing finished being the animatic, which would be later posted online by a backer named IAmARealHorse.

The full animatic for the unproduced short.


Due to the lack of activity from the Kickstarter, it's safe to say that the desktop toys will likely be lost forever, with only animated gifs, videos and images being available. It is unknown if John still has the files for them, and if he is willing to give them to his backers.




Work-in-progress footage of one of the desktop toys in action.

Footage showcasing models for the desktop toys.

See Also

Other Kricfalusi Media