Sep. 9th, 1955
Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada
John Kricfalusi's Main TV Roles
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Canadian-born cartoon cartoonist Kricfalusi began his career by working on low end Saturday morning cartoons like the Jetsons revival and Fat Albert and the Cosby kids. In 1987, Kricfalusi's mentor, Ralph Bakshi, "saved" him by hiring him as supervising director on his show "Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures" (1987). The show was canceled after a scene where Mighty Mouse sniffed a flower to get superpowers and some people thought he was using cocaine. Soon afterwards, Nickelodeon bought his twisted brainchild "The Ren & Stimpy Show" (1991). But after continuous battles over script content and control, he was fired from his own show in 1992. After he was fired, he furthered his fight for creative freedom by founding a website where he sold dolls of his other characters. He then hired some of his old Ren and Stimpy co-workers and produced the first 'made for the web' cartoon series "The Goddamn George Liquor Program" (1999). He also created and produced "Weekend Pussy Hunt" another 'made for the web' series. Other work includes directing a Yogi Bear short for Cartoon Network, directing a music video for Björk (I). And in 2001 he returned to TV with the Saturday morning cartoon for Fox Kids called "The Ripping Friends" (2001), which he created and produced.
- When approached by Nickelodeon to do a cartoon series, he gave them the characters Ren and Stimpy because he didn't want to risk losing the rights to his original two characters, George Liquor and Jimmy the Idiot Boy (Ren and Stimpy were originally the two characters' pets). In fact, he was right-- after 'Ren and Stimpy' was a big hit, Nickelodeon fired him and kept the show.
- Last name is pronounced: "Kris-fa-loo-see."
- When he acts, writes or directs in a cartoon that gets edited in a way that he feels ruins it and robs it of his "artistic vision," he uses the name "Raymond Spum' as an alias. The same way a major Hollywood director uses the moniker "Alan Smithee" when the studio has ruined his original intent.
- 'Kirk Douglas (I)' (qv) is his favorite actor.
- Identifies 'Robert Clampett' (qv) as one of his strongest influences, in particular his short film _The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)_ (qv).
- His mentor was animation pioneer 'Ralph Bakshi' (qv) who employed John K. for his TV venture "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse." In return, John had Bakshi play the voice of the angry fire chief on John's own TV venture "Ren & Stimpy."
- While he doesn't keep up with much anime, he has mentioned a liking for Astro Boy.
- In March of 2003, it was announced that the TNN cable network had hired him to re-start the series "Ren and Stimpy" with new episodes (He had been originally fired from the project when it ran on Nickelodeon due to production and budget disagreements). Since the resurrected "Ren and Stimpy" series will be on prime-time and NOT on the child-friendly Nickelodeon, there will be greater creative freedom in the show's writing (and presumably, content). Kricfalusi has promised his fans that "Ren is still an asshole and Stimpy is still a retard."
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