John Kricfalusi

John Kricfalusi


9/9/1955, Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada

Birth Name

Michael John Kricfalusi



Also Known As

John Krisflushi, John K, Raymond Spum
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Canadian-born cartoon cartoonist Kricfalusi began his career by working on low end Saturday morning cartoons like the "Jetsons" revival, "Fat Albert," and "The Cosby Kids." In 1987, Kricfalusi's mentor, Ralph Bakshi, "saved" him by hiring him as supervising director on his show, "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse."…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jonh's style is strong poses and expressions.

    • John's favorite actor is Kirk Douglas.

    • John loves black and white cartoons.

    • In the 80's, John K. and Ralph Bashki planned to make a movie which was to be called "Bobby's Girl," but plans for it were canceled when the president of Tristar at the time stepped down.

    • John is one of many against DVNR (digital video noise reduction).

    • By combining the T.V. factory system and the old Warner Bros. system, he instituted a new version of directors' units to produce cartoons.

    • In the magazine, Wild Cartoon Kingdom, he wrote a review about Animaniacs under the name of Tom Paine.

    • He has a blog called All Kinds of Stuff.

    • He created and directed three Yogi Bear cartoons made by Spumco. One is called A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith, which aired on Cartoon Network in 1999, Boo Boo Runs Wild, which also aired on Cartoon Network in 1999, and Boo Boo and the Man (Internet Flash cartoon), which aired on Cartoon Network's website in 2003. In all three cartoons, he voiced Boo Boo.

    • In Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volumes Two and Three, he provides audio commentaries.

    • He feels that today's animation is being damaged by writers who cannot write or draw well.

    • He has won several Annie Awards.

    • He produced the first Internet Flash Cartoon.

    • John Kricfalusi criticized Family Guy because a generation of ambitious animators will be influenced in a bad way by the animation in the show.

    • Some of the cartoons he made were either banned or censored.

    • He thinks that the greatest day of his life was when Pat Lahey showed him a Preston Blair book at age 11.

    • He has trouble animating things because he has not done it enough.

    • He dislikes many Disney cartoons.

    • He went to Sheridan College to study animation.

    • Although John Kricfalusi was born in Canada, he lived in Germany with his parents for most of his early childhood.

    • John Kricfalusi plays in a band.

    • John Kricfalusi can't paint.

    • John Kricfalusi likes to collect toys.

    • Chuck Jones has had a large influence on John Kricfalusi and he is his favorite cartoonist.

    • Ed Benedict is John Kricfalusi's favorite cartoon designer.

    • Now that Ren & Stimpy have been revitalized for SPIKE-TV, he plans to do his original vision--and go over the line to be gross and disgusting. Things will be grosser and way out there, but Kricfalusi makes it clear that one thing will not change: "Ren is still an asshole and Stimpy is still a retard."

    • Creator of the famed (and some might say infamous) scatological cartoon show "Ren & Stimpy" on Nickelodeon. Because of Kricfalusi's love of grotesque and grosser than gross humor and material, there were fights between him and Nickelodeon, which led to him being dismissed in 1993 and kept the show running. Co-star and voice of Stimpy Billy West wound up doing both voices.

  • Quotes

    • John: Schools are really bad now. Schools are not only bad in reading, writing and arithmetic, they're worse in cultural aspects, like in music and art. They don't teach you anything.

    • John: All artists get better with age. The more you draw, the better you're going to get.

    • John: (On today's cartoons) Most cartoons you see today still have garish color; they're pink, purple, and green. Genndy Tartakovsky's cartoons are exceptions - they have great color.

    • John: I don't think animation is as good as it was in the 1930s, 1940s and 50s. To me the classic cartoons were much more skilled in every way: better drawings, great animation, better stories, way better characters and more appealing styles and much more imaginative. Most cartoons today do not use the basic elements of what separates the cartoon from other mediums. They try to imitate other mediums and are not as good as the mediums they emulate. I realize these are very general statements, but in general there is a huge gap in quality and inspiration between today's cartoons and the classic cartoons.

    • John: It's beyond me how Mickey Mouse or Walt Disney ever became a success. Disney must have been the blandest human on the planet, it's like he was from another century. When you look at Disney's early cartoons they're the blandest things in the world. Then you see what Fleischer was doing, it's just leagues ahead of Disney.

    • John K: (In an interview about the content in his cartoons) My biggest thing is personality humor. I like the humor to come out of the characters. Sure, I like to put them in, you know, insane plots or situations and stuff like that, but if they don't seem like real characters it's not as much fun for me. That's why I'm not crazy about South Park and stuff like that, because it's merely edgy, but there's nothing else to support the edginess. The edginess that's in those shows, they don't say anything in those shows that you and your friends can't say at home sitting on the couch having a couple of beers. So my cartoons hearken back to American entertainment from the '30s and '40s, where you have to have good performance to back up the content.

    • John K: (In an interview, about making a feature film) We're hoping that at some future point that we can make a feature film for the theaters, that'd be great. I'd love to do a Ren and Stimpy feature; I'd love to do a George Liquor feature. Or a Ripping Friends feature at some point. I'd want to practice first on simpler characters like Ren and Stimpy.

    • John K: (In an interview, about getting Ren and Stimpy back into production) SI was a little nervous at first that we might not be able to recapture the feeling we had when we were first doing it, so we started by taking one of the old scripts, Ren Seeks Help, that never got produced. As we did it, within the first week we came up with most of the rest of the stories for the season, all new. Once we started working on it again, it all came back and the new stuff is even weirder than the old stuff! We got into it real fast.

    • John: (In an interview, about the length of cartoons) Actually, eleven minutes is a really clumsy format for a cartoon It's not enough to tell a story, really, and it's too much to do a gag cartoon. So some of our stories were pretty awkward because of that.

    • John K.: (in an interview, talking about sexy girls in animation) Ha ha. There aren't too many sexy girls in animation for some unfortunate reason, but Rod Scribner's Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs is great. I love Owen Fitzgerald's pretty girl comics. I like Harry Lucey – his Betty and Veronica comics of the 50s and 60s.

    • John K.: (in an interview, talking about Ren and Stimpy) Ren and Stimpy was known initially for its "edgy" and gross humor, but much of what we did then seems pretty soft compared to Beavis and Butthead, South Park, Family Guy and others that followed.

    • John K.: (in an interview, responding to a question about his concerns about a budget) Give me $100,000 and I'll do a cartoon that might be better than anything anyone else is doing. It's talent and inventiveness, is what it it is. The money helps, you like to be able to do something again if you get it wrong or something. You like to do what you should and make it fully animated. But fully animated by itself doesn' t make a good cartoon. Like Don Bluth films. It's just a bunch of guys flailing all over the place. What the hell is that? That's not acting. It's full inbetweening.

    • John K.: (in an interview, responding to a question about Spumco having animation kits)We have The Big Shot Hollywood Cartoonist Cel Painting Kits. If you buy them, you'll learn all the secrets of the animation world. For example, in a coloring book, you paint on the top of the page. I don't know how many people know that you paint the _back_ of a cel. It's also great propaganda. Basically we're teaching the next generation of cartoonists to be ready for the real world. On the back we'll have a cutout mask of a big shot Hollywood cartoonist.

    • John: (on the censorship of his work on the Nickelodeon kids network) The main thing is that they never understood the show. Even the basics. I'm not talking about the outrageous stuff. Just talking about things like, "Well, we'd like to do a cartoon with Ren and Stimpy in space." The response was, "What do you mean in space? How could they get in space?" Well, I'd say, "They're just in space in this cartoon." "That doesn't make any sense," they'd reply. "How will the kids understand it?" Well, I'd ask, "Haven't you people ever watched cartoons before? Sometimes Bugs Bunny's in space, sometimes he's a caveman, sometimes he's in a forest. It's a cartoon." They never quite got that.

    • John: (about Animaniacs and Steven Spielberg) And why does this guy put his name on everything? Have you seen the billboards for the dinosaur cartoon? Aaaaaargh!!! Gimme a break! Pretty soon we'll see billboards that say, "Coming soon...a bucket of puke from Steven Spielberg!" or, "Don't miss the latest dried-out bloody-nose boogers from the man who gave you ET!" Better hide your dog's butt before "Steven" signs his name on it.

  • John K., an animation genius, has been a major influence on me.

    What to say? John K. is unlike any other animator. This man knows what makes good cartoons. He knows what's funny and what isn't. He knows just about everything there is to know about animation.

    Most people know him best as the creator of the ever-popular, "The Ren and Stimpy Show," which is, in fact, my favorite show. Now just look at the genius that was involved in the creation of this show. A crazy Chihuahua and an insanely stupid cat are the stars. Now who else could come up with something like that? (I know John K. wasn't orignally putting them in the same show, but just the creation of Ren and Stimpy is brilliant on its own.)

    In its Spumco years, "The Ren and Stimpy Show" was insanely popular. Fan clubs were sprouting all over the place. Highly unfortunately, though, John K. and many other Spumco employees got fired mid second season by Nickelodeon. But John K.'s contributions to the show durring the time that he was working on it made the first two seasons very memorable.

    Now I'll explain how John K. has had an incluence on me. As a hard core fan of animation, I love to draw. Of course, my drawings used to be terrible. They lacked perspective (and my characters still do slightly, but I'm working on it) and my characters had no lines of action. When I read John K.'s blog posts about animation, however, I discovered how all of these things were wrong with my drawings. I agreed with him. I needed to give my characters more perspective. I needed to give them lines of action. I needed to focus more on the expressions. I needed to practice more. And you know what? I have, and I'm continuing to get better, all thanks to John K.

    John K. and I have a lot of things in common, actually. Here are some of them:

    1. We both think traditional animation rocks.

    2. We both dislike Stephen Spielburg's stuff.

    3. We both like Elvis Presley (of course, who doesn't?) and the Beetles.

    There are many other ways that I can relate to him, and many of those I've already explained in the above paragraphs.

    Final words:

    Well, there's not a whole lot more to say. John K. is a brilliant man. I think the shows he's created and the stuff he does are just plain awesome. I can relate to him in a number of ways. Final person grade: A+moreless
  • John Kricfalusi is the creator of THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW(1991),THE RIPPING FRIENDS(2001) and the more recent REN AND STIMPY ADULT PARTY CARTOON(2003), among other flash cartoons(THE GODDAMN GEORGE LIQUOR PROGRAM(1996)and WEEKEND **** HUNT(1997))moreless

    John "John K." Kricfalusi is indeed the more talented Co-Star voicing Ren Hoek in "The Ren and Stimpy Show" in the 1991-1993 seasons,1 & 2(After that he was fired by Nickelodeon who was tired of having to censor nearly every spisode and having John miss all his deadlines(which happened partially to the fact that John and Nick were arguing over censorship for such long periods of time) and Ren's voicing went to (at the time) Stimpy voice Billy West)John K. returned in June, 2003 for the short-lived "The Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon", and he proved once again that he was the more talented co-star(voicing Ren Hoek again), although alongside new Stimpy voice, Eric Bauza.(Billy West declined John's offer to return as Stimpy)moreless