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DICK VAN DYKE, REN & STIMPY IN A MENAGE A TROIS?

“Ren and Stimpy’s” scatological humor is one thing; pornographic packaging spoofing camp TV reruns is another. Intropics Video, which specializes in X-rated material, thought it would be funny to market a videocassette entitled “Dick at Nite,” featuring the distinctive retro-packaging that has helped make Nick at Nite a hit cable network. But the “Dick” referred to was not of the Van Dyke variety. As part of the sendup, Intropics produced a magazine mirroring the Nick at Nite mag to sell the videotape, with randy descriptions of the shows it lampoons. Nickelodeon parent MTV Networks thought the porno lampoon was no laughing matter. The web’s attorneys wrote a cease and desist letter, charging infringement of the company’s intellectual property and demanding that all “Dick at Nite” videos and material related to it be recalled and then destroyed. Intropics reportedly complied with the demand, turning those precious few copies of the video that got out into instant collector’s items.

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