Veteran animation director Ralph Bakshi (LORD OF THE RINGS, HEAVY METAL, COOL WORLD) is joining forces with REN & STIMPY creator John Kricfalusi to produce a slate of low-budget animated features aimed at adults, according to VARIETY. Both animators are known for locking horns with studio and network execs while creating some of the most influential animation productions. Bakshi and Kricfalusi plan to make animated features, costing under $10M, that are an alternative to the family slates at the majors. Working through Kricfalusi's Spumco studio, their first project will be an R-rated teen exploitation pic, BOBBY'S GIRL, which they wrote when they worked together on THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY MOUSE. Executive producers Eric Gardner and Kevin Kolde will take the film to market. Bakshi has been creating and exhibiting his fine art while Kricfalusi is finishing up new episodes of REN & STIMPY are slated to air on the new TNN in June 2003.