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Also Known As: John K, John Kricfaluci Died:
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Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, CA Profession: director, animator

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Gifted young animation auteur whose style harkens backs to the golden era of animation (i.e. Warner Bros., Tex Avery). Kricfalusi moved to Hollywood from his native Canada in 1980. He promptly started working for different studios on such cartoons as the remakes of "Heckle and Jeckle" and "The Jetsons." Kricfalusi moved from studio to studio doing small animation jobs until Ralph Bakshi made him the director of CBS' revisionist "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse." Here he was able to break away from the stilted style of modern Saturday morning animation and bring back the feeling and detail of such animators as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng. This was a rare case of the remake being far more imaginative than the original version. After a year at CBS, Kricfalusi moved to ABC to helm the remake of the 1960s classic cartoon "Beany and Cecil." After half a year's worth of shows, ABC canceled the series citing that the style strayed too far from network convention. Disillusioned by the conservatism of the networks, Kricfalusi along with three other animators joined to form Spumco, an independent animation house that would allow animators more freedom to experiment. At Spumco, Kricfalusi created "The Ren...

Gifted young animation auteur whose style harkens backs to the golden era of animation (i.e. Warner Bros., Tex Avery). Kricfalusi moved to Hollywood from his native Canada in 1980. He promptly started working for different studios on such cartoons as the remakes of "Heckle and Jeckle" and "The Jetsons." Kricfalusi moved from studio to studio doing small animation jobs until Ralph Bakshi made him the director of CBS' revisionist "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse." Here he was able to break away from the stilted style of modern Saturday morning animation and bring back the feeling and detail of such animators as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng. This was a rare case of the remake being far more imaginative than the original version. After a year at CBS, Kricfalusi moved to ABC to helm the remake of the 1960s classic cartoon "Beany and Cecil." After half a year's worth of shows, ABC canceled the series citing that the style strayed too far from network convention.

Disillusioned by the conservatism of the networks, Kricfalusi along with three other animators joined to form Spumco, an independent animation house that would allow animators more freedom to experiment. At Spumco, Kricfalusi created "The Ren and Stimpy Show," a half hour cartoon about a psychotic anorexic chihuahua and a particularly dumb fireplug-shaped cat. This show was distinguished by its anarchic and sometimes liberatingly regressive sense of humor, expressionistic backgrounds, and extreme situations. In 1990 Nickelodeon bought this half hour cartoon thereby finally allowing Kricfalusi to fully exploit his creative abilities. "Ren and Stimpy" debuted with only six episodes in it's initial run but both the characters and their creator have risen meteorically from their early cult status to become prominent fixtures in pop culture.

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  Ren Hoek and Stimpy in (1990) Director

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 Ren Hoek and Stimpy in (1990) Voice
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1980:
Moved to Hollywood; joined Filmation
1983:
Storyboard artist for the feature "Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase"
1986:
Worked as layout artist on "The Smurfs Christmas Special"
1987:
Director of "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse"
1988:
Hired by ABC to helm the revival of "Beany and Cecil"
1989:
Designed the opening title sequence for "Camp Beverly Hills"
1990:
Formed Spumco, an independent animation house
1990:
Made short film "Ren Hoek and Stimpy in 'Big House Blues'"
1991:
Signed by Nickelodeon to produce "Ren & Stimpy" cartoon
1992:
Released from duties on "Ren & Stimpy" due to "creative differences" between Nickelodeon and Spumco
1999:
Wrote, directed and provided voices for the Cartoon Network specials "A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith" and "Boo Boo Runs Wild"
2001:
Created and voiced characters on the Fox animated series "The Ripping Friends"
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Education

Sheridan College: Oakville , Ontario -

Notes

His company's web site is at www.spumco.com

Kricfalusi has stated that "Working for the studios is like being in the Inquisition." --quoted in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 9, 1992

"There are two kinds of cartoons: Timeless cartoons and Saturday morning cartoons. What we're trying to do is classic cartoons--ones that stand the test of time. The ones that do that appeal to a wide group of people" --Kricfalusi on his approach to cartooning, from DAILY VARIETY, March 24, 1994

On turning to the Internet as an outlet for his work: "Any medium that allows characters to come alive is what I am interested in. And come alive without people ruining the product, which is what television does, what movies do. Because they have people called executives, executive know-nothings. Irritants, who stand in the way of anything good ever happening. Which is why movies and television suck compared to what they used to be like." --John Kricfalusi to Paul Cantin in "Is Cyberspace ready for George Liquor?" posted at www.shift.com/shiftonline/html/onlineTOC/features/Kricfalusi /Kricfalusi.html

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