John Kricfalusi

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John Kricfalusi
General Information
Born: September 9th, 1955 (51)
Studio: Spumco (1988-2005)
Other fields: voice actor, writer, storyboard/graphic/layout artist, animator
  • Close But No Cigar (2006)
  • Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon (2003) (3 episodes)
  • Weekend Pussy Hunt (2000)
  • Boo Boo Runs Wild (1999)
  • The Goddamn George Liquor Program (1999)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1993) (6 episodes)
  • Big House Blues (1990)
  • The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil (1988)
  • Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures (1987) (2 episodes)

John Kricfalusi is an animator best known for directing the first two seasons of The Ren & Stimpy Show and for maintaining a highly opinionated blog on Animation.


[edit] Directed Works

[edit] Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures

With early creative direction from Ralph Bakshi of Terrytoons and Fritz the Cat fame, Mighty Mouse The New Adventures was intended to be more controversial and animation-centric than its predecessors, but keep the feel of the classics by intentionally recreating an old Hollywood animation studio environment for production. Kricfalusi blamed the bureaucracy and lack of communication for the poor material being released during the time, and wanted everyone to work together under the same unit.

Kricfalusi not only wanted to recreate the efficiency and feel of an old animation studio, but prove to networks and animators that limited, short animations needed strong poses and expressions, and that it was still possible to create a "real" cartoon on a small budget. He even want as far to make sure the overseas team were people he had already worked with. Layout artists he had trained two and a half years previously were asked to to in-betweens on the show, so as not to lose any of the integrity of the scenes his team had created.

While his vision for the show was mostly a success, a few things held back the team. First, the Terrytoons style they attempted to capture would have pushed their budget and was something Kricfalusi said that only the original artists could have done. Also, some staff members from films would come in to do characters, and would change the original design of the Mighty Mouse character for episodes, complaining that his head was too big for his body, and applying rules of the real world into the animation, consequently compromising the design of the character. Finally, pages full of small changes to scripts by the network, such as putting the correct number of teats on a cow, would also slow down production as the unit defended their ideas.

Mighty Mouse experienced decent success and good ratings, and lasted 2 seasons spanning 18 episodes. While Ralph Bakshi helped keep the CBS network (on which MMTNA aired) off the backs of Kricfalusi and his team creatively as much as possible, differences between Bakshi and Kricfalusi ultimately marked the death of the show.

[edit] The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil

Another remake, this Bob Clampett classic Beany and Cecil was revived by DiC four years after his death in 1988. Only eight episodes were made, and 5 of them even aired on television. It ran a mere month and a half, from September 15th to October 18th of that year. With Bakshi gone, tension between Kricfalusi's creative team and the networks insistence on cuts and changes led to the series demise.

[edit] Big House Blues

[edit] The Ren & Stimpy Show

[edit] The Goddamn George Liquor Program

[edit] Boo Boo Runs Wild

[edit] Weekend Pussy Hunt

[edit] Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon

The series was an adults only-revival of the popular animated series The Ren and Stimpy Show. In 2002, Viacom hired John Kricfalusi to produce a new version of his series for an updated version of the TNN network devoted specifically to programming for male audiences. Kricfalusi said that Spike TV wanted an "extreme" version of The Ren and Stimpy Show. Advertisers were "freaked out" (in Kricfalusi's own words) by some of the new show's content, particularly that of the risqué episode "Naked Beach Frenzy" (which was finished in 2003 but is unaired on American TV so far) and, along with the network's entire animation block, the show was taken off the air.

Kricfalusi has stated to have great interest in making direct-to-video episodes to avoid TV restrictions. A TV movie is said to be in the works. The episode is called Life Sucks and is about Ren and Stimpy's outlooks on life and how they are so different. John Kricfalusi claims that it is the best R&S episode he has ever written and the Spumco staff easily agrees.

[edit] Close But No Cigar

An animated music video of 'Weird Al' Yankovic's song "Close But No Cigar" from his latest album 'Straight Outta Lynwood' that John K was asked to make.

[edit] Blog

John Kricfalusi runs an animation blog in which he shows a high amount of bias towards early animation and cartooning and a general distaste for contemporary animation. His blogs often spark controversy and debate. While he has many followers who believe that he represents a golden era of animation, he also has many detractors who believe him to be conceited and narrow minded and often cite his own lack of success in the animation industry.

[edit] "Animation School"

Despite his dubious opinions, he has provided many lessons that may be useful to aspiring animators of which many are listed below:

John K’s Animation School: Lessons

John K’s Animation School: Color Theory

John K’s Animation School: Composition

John K’s Animation School: BGs and Style

John K’s Animation School: Functional Drawings

John K’s Animation School: Scene Planning for TV

John K’s Animation School: Writing for Cartoons

John K's Animation School: Acting

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