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->''"Everybody's ugly in real life. You just have to look close. Look inside anybody's nose."''
-->-- '''John K''', [[http://filmthreat7.blogspot.com/ "Film Threat #7"]].

Michael John Kricfalusi (pronounced as kris-fa-LOO-see, born September 9, 1955), also known as John K., is a well-known Canadian animator, the creator of such series as ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends''. He worked on ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse: The New Adventures'' with his friend and mentor Creator/RalphBakshi, as well as the very short lived revival of ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'', with the offspring of his hero and mentor Creator/BobClampett. He has also dabbled in webtooning with "The George Liquor Show" and "Weekend Pussy Hunt", being a pioneer of Flash-based cartoons. He was the founder of the now-defunct animation studio Spümcø.
John K is a fan of “classic” cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, such as ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. He is a controversial figure in animation history, with some seeing him as the man who brought back “cartoony” cartoons to television, while others see him as SmallNameBigEgo. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement (This is not the place to debate either of those things.)]]

He maintains a blog, ''Blog/JohnKStuff'', wherein he posts information on classic cartoons and practical knowledge for aspiring animators. There is also a more distilled version with advice and lessons on cartooning and animation, [[http://johnkcurriculum.blogspot.com/ John K Curriculum]]. Note that both are home to John K’s notoriously controversial opinions regarding animation, including his belief that good drawings are the back-bone of a cartoon's success (rather than it being the story, which is the common contemporary belief). He is very opinionated, and some rants may be a little overwhelming. However, if you're willing to look past his opinions, you can find some pretty useful information about animation technique and history that's sure to interest any budding animator.

Not to be confused with John Kay, the lead singer for Music/{{Steppenwolf}}.

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!!Shows He Has Worked On / Works Of His Include:

* ''The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle'': Storyboard artist.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Christmas Special'': Layout artist.
* WesternAnimation/TheSnorks: Layout artist on the first season. He was apparently kicked off for "drawing too flat." ([[{{Irony}} This coming from Hanna-Barbera.]])
* ''ComicBook/RichieRich'': Layout artist for the second season.
* ''PacMan'': Layout artist.
* ''The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour'': Layout artist for ''Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz'' segments.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': Layout supervisor. He made his directorial debut with "Hi-Tech Wreck". Also considered to be one of the few 80s shows he worked on that he ''didn't'' hate.
* During his time at Hanna-Barbera, he contributed a pornographic [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] parody comic to issue #9 of Creator/RobertCrumb's ''Weirdo'' magazine under the alias of Billy Bunting.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats: Character designer during the first season. He stated that the only fun part was coming up with new character designs.
* ''WesternAnimation/GalaxyHigh'': Graphics.
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouseTheNewAdventures'': Senior director during the first season, and directed eight episodes himself.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr9j26dD7so The Thing What Lurked in The Tub]]'' (short)
* ''Bobby's Girl'': A proposed animated feature which he would have been made with his mentor Creator/RalphBakshi. It never got off the ground, unfortunately.
* ''Film/TroopBeverlyHills'': designed the AnimatedCreditsOpening.
* ''The New Adventures of WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'': Producer/Director
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Did some early design work while the show was in DevelopmentHell. Credited as a model designer in "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?"
* ''Harlem Shuffle'', a music video by Music/TheRollingStones from their album ''Music/DirtyWork''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': Creator and [[DescendedCreator voice of Ren Höek]] from the show's inception until his firing in 1992.
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'': Provided "tidbits of poor taste" for the "Red" episodes spoofing Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.
* ''The Goddamn George Liquor Program'': Notable for being the very first cartoon series to be made entirely using UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash.
** The cast of this program also appeared in the short lived comic series ''ComicBook/SpumcoComicBook''.
* ''WebAnimation/WeekendPussyHunt'': A SpinOff of the George Liquor program, being another early UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash cartoon.
* ''Fuck Her Gently'': An AnimatedMusicVideo he worked on for ''Music/TenaciousD''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends'': intended to be a SpiritualSuccessor to ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' but Canadian television standards forced him to keep the characters on-model and recycle drawings, two things he is very much against, and [[CreatorBacklash he hates what it became]].
* ''Yoake no Mariko'' ([=PS2=] JPN): Designed and animated the characters in the intro, although he dismissed his work on it as "pretty bland."
* ''VideoGame/GoGoHyperGrind'': Designed the characters in the game with Spumco, as well as being the co-producer.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon'': Creator and voice of Ren Höek.
* ''I Miss You'': Music video for Music/{{Bjork}}, from her album ''Music/{{Post}}''.
* Three made-for-tv WesternAnimation/YogiBear shorts.
* Two made-for-tv short based on WesternAnimation/TheJetsons. He made his directorial debut while working on the '80s revival.
* Heartaches: A flash series in the works of his.
* He Hog The Atomic Pig: A animated feature idea that he is attempting to pitch.
* One particularly deranged [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]] couch gag (A link [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2011/10/simpsons-amid-interview-longwinded.html on his blog about making it]].)
** He returned to make [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB03kM8kbHs another one]] for "Treehouse of Horror XXVI".
* "Close, but No Cigar" music video for Music/WeirdAlYankovic.
* "Cans Without Labels" (TBA): An animated short he used kickstarter to fund.
* WesternAnimation/FreeBirds: Did preproduction work on the film, and posted much of his art for it [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/ on his blog.]]
* Doing art for Music/MileyCyrus's Bangerz tour.
* Doing short animated commercial bumpers for Creator/AdultSwim.
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!!This animator's work provides examples of:

* AlternateDVDCommentary: He did commentary for the Ren and Stimpy [=DVDs=], including some episodes after he was fired from the show.
* AlanSmithee
** The ''Ren and Stimpy'' episode "Nurse Stimpy," which John what wholly dissatisfied with, is credited to Raymund Spum.
** He contributed a Flintstones parody comic to issue 9 of Creator/RobertCrumb's ''Weirdo'' magazine under the alias of Billy Bunting, a reference to the literary character [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bunter Billy Bunter.]]
** He also wrote notoriously inflammatory reviews of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' under the name Tom Payne, animator and historian.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Made several, as listed above.
* ArtEvolution: While he has always drawn and animated with his trademark style, moving to 2D computer animation with Flash clearly had an effect on it, as he was recreating the same type of cartoons with a set of tools not at all intended for it. Once UsefulNotes/ToonBoom came along, allowing him to do paperless hand-drawn stuff, he vowed never to animate on paper again.
* AuthorAppeal: [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2007/09/kirk-greatest-hollywood-actor.html Kirk Douglas]]
* BornInTheWrongCentury: He absolutely loves old stuff before 1970: cartoons, comic strips, toys, music, films,... He would probably be more at ease in the 1940s than nowadays, seeing that he despises most of the stuff created after 1970 as "crap". He has also described himself as being "out of touch" with modern pop culture for the most part.
* BreakthroughHit: ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', without a doubt. Though considering most of his later work and rumors of how difficult he is to work with, his "breakthrough hit" is also his OneHitWonder.
* BrokeTheRatingScale: He reviewed ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' on [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2009/09/review-of-meatballs.html his blog]], giving it a rating of "zero" despite liking a few things about it, such as the visuals. [[DamnedByFaintPraise He adds that this was actually a good score, as he usually gives negative numbers to recent animated films.]]
* CanadaEh: A native of Ottawa[[note]]Itself home to an annual animation festival, now the largest in North America, since 1975.[[/note]], he poked fun at Canadian stereotypes in pieces like "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen".
* CastOfSnowflakes: His cartoons are full of them, almost all based on people or actors John has observed throughout his life.
* CloudCuckooLander: The characters in his work all seem pretty insane or dysfunctional.
* ColorContrast: He has written many blog posts detailing how to properly use ColorContrast in animation. He's also noted how anime is brimming with good color mixers (an unusual break from his general dislike for modern animation).
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: A rather infamous one regarding ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': under the pseudonym Tom Paine, he bashed the show before it aired, even admitting he hadn't watched a full episode (supposedly out of spite to Tom Rugger and the staff of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' due to CreativeDifferences).
* CreatorBacklash: For a guy infamous for his haughty critiques of popular cartoons, the one artist he seems to be hardest on is himself:
** John has been critical of his early work, particularly on ''Mighty Mouse: TNA'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. He even warns his fans to not study his cartoons, but rather all of his influences--"For everything I did right, there were a ton of mistakes."
** He refused to give himself credit for his directorial role on the Ren and Stimpy episode "Nurse Stimpy". He thought it was so bad that he credited himself as "[[AlanSmithee Raymond Spum]]" instead, out of embarrassment. He was quoted as saying, "The timing was bad. The drawings are bad. The colors are bad. From an artistic standpoint, to me, it's a really ugly cartoon."
** He disliked how he was (supposedly) [[ExecutiveMeddling forced to add]] [[RatedMForMoney strong adult themes]] to [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon]].
** He claims that he can barely watch ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends'', since the whole show was [[ExecutiveMeddling meddled with to death]].
** He dismissed his contributions to the video game ''Yoake No Mariko'' as "pretty bland".
** While he liked working on ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' revival he hated the character Orbity, and he would often try to work in scenes where he got abused, some of which actually made it into the show.
* DarkerAndEdgier: His cartoons in contrast to what else was coming out in the 90's--what other cartoon of the early 90's can you name where characters go through nightmarish psychodramas, brutally beat up someone for playing mind games with them, or pluck the roots of teeth from their gums? His work after the original Ren and Stimpy tends to crank up the vulgarity and adult subject matter even more, and far more than even most modern adult cartoons are willing to go.
* DependingOnTheArtist: John took this trope UpToEleven, allowing his artists to experiment with their own individual styles on the show, as a callback to how Creator/BobClampett allowed his animators to deviate from the characters model sheets to make a specific pose or expression. Also see OffModel below.
* DevelopmentHell: His most recent project, "Cans Without Labels" has been in development since mid-2012. While he drops hints that he's still working on it, it remains to be seen when or if it'll be finished.
* DerangedAnimation: He considers this to be the main appeal of cartoons - pretty much the biggest reason he got into the animation industry was to bring this back to what he considered the less interesting cartoons of the '80s.
* DigitalDestruction: TropeNamer is one of his articles which goes into how the "restorations" of older cartoons are actually making them ''worse'' than before. He apparently wrote the articles in response to poor "restorations" of the ''Ren and Stimpy'' DVD boxsets brought on by DVNR.
* DoingItForTheArt: The whole reason John became a cartoonist was to bring back the [[DerangedAnimation wacky, anarchic, overall cartoony animation]] to the mainstream and put a stop to the stiff, soulless, formulaic TV animation that was prevalent at the time.
* DVDCommentary: Did several interesting commentaries for Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Golden Collection series, but refused to do any more of them due to his complaints about the DigitalDestruction in those sets. Strangely, he supplied one more commentary for Vol. 5. He also supplied some commentaries for the official PopeyeTheSailor DVD sets, and Thunderbean's WartimeCartoon sets. Obviously, he also provided commentaries for ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' DVD sets, even for the episodes he didn't work on.
* {{Fanservice}}: His works, especially his post-Ren and Stimpy works, are loaded with curvy and busty, often skimpily dressed or occasionally nude girls, and he considers sexy girls to be an important part of cartoons. See "Naked Beach Frenzy" for just one example of this.
* FlipFlopOfGod: On Ren And Stimpy's sexuality.
** He has been quoted as saying that he didn't know or care if they were gay (saying it was [[ShrugOfGod "none of his business"]]), but it's pretty clear that they are if APC is anything to go by.
** He's usually said that they're only gay "when [[RuleOfFunny it's funny]]."
* FreudianExcuse: His father supposedly never had a high opinion of his interest in becoming a cartoonist instead of taking up a "manlier" profession like sports, and regularly made fun of his shrimpy stature. Any time he portrays father figures (such as Anthony's Dad or George Liquor), he's clearly working some issues out.[[note]]A recent picture on his blog of the two of them together on his father's birthday show that John does not hold and ill will towards him, though.[[/note]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Whether you love him or hate him, you have to give Kricfalusi credit for reviving the kind of edge and audacity that makes censors cry and has been lacking in cartoons since the late 1960s. The very ''name'' of his old company, Spumco, is this.[[note]]It's another word for Sperm, although the company tagline jokingly claims its a Danish word for Quality, and John even made up a fake cartoon history back story for the name, centered on the fictional animator Raymond Spum.[[/note]]
* GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld: Oh, yeah. Unlike other examples, John would get another turn with Ren and Stimpy later on after being fired.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: You won't be finding much clear cut morality in his works. All of his characters are either batshit crazy or have some serious vices or personality flaws that cause conflict between each other.
* GrossoutShow: TropeMaker is ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. He took this UpToEleven in Adult Party Cartoon. Nowadays, he's become tired of gross-out gags and wishes to focus more on personality and acting in his cartoons.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Pioneered use of this in Ren and Stimpy.
* GrowingWithTheAudience: He tried this with ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy Adult Party Cartoon'', and didn't exactly get a positive response.
* HeAlsoDid:
** This ''[[DerangedAnimation gloriously]]'' [[MindScrew insane]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybDX_5hQ6So music video]] with Music/{{Bjork}}.
** Provided [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZOSybWPvc0 animation]] for Music/MileyCyrus' 2013-14 ''Bangerz'' tour.
** Did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtMU8nvZzOs this video]] for the Music/WeirdAl song "Close But No Cigar".
* HomoeroticSubtext: A John K trademark. Used all over his cartoons, especially Ren & Stimpy. He's also a specialist on finding such content in other cartoons, particularly Disney films.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: His recent cartoons from around the 2010s and on abandoned the famous pose to pose LimitedAnimation and gross out humor style of Ren and Stimpy in favor of a ''very'' loose, downright surrealistic style of animation and humor, and rarely if ever have anything resembling plots or narratives. He claims after he got to watch a ton of early 1930s cartoons, he had simply grown bored with his old style and decided to go in a different direction.
* MagnumOpusDissonance:
** He's best remembered for Ren and Stimpy, but John considers George Liquor to be his "strongest character".
** While he's as critical of APC as the next guy, he considers the APC episode "Altruists" to be the best episode of Ren and Stimpy he's ever made. Needlessly to say, the fandom disagrees with him. Hard.
* OffModel: John took this trope to the extreme -- he never used model sheets, and made it a literal rule to never, ''''''''EVER'''''''' draw a character the same way, or with the same expression or pose more than once. He believes that characters ought to have just a few general rules on how they appear, and the rest should be up to the artists to exaggerate them as they see fit. Note that he does '''not''' mean "Draw Badly" -- he still has his artists use essential skills like construction and line of action, because as he pointed out, ''something'' about the drawing has to make sense, or the artist will have no control over their work.
* OldShame: WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends. He also dislikes about talking his "[[AccidentalInnuendo embarrasing 80's flat period]]"--referring to his really early artwork, specifically. He is also not proud of his tenures on many 1980's cartoon shows such as WesternAnimation/TheSnorks, ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', etc.
* RatedMForManly: His works are shamelessly chauvinistic and go out of their way to play this up as part of their un-PC nature. It should come as no surprise since Kirk Douglas is John K's idol, as well as the fact that John is a big fan of film noir and the absolutely brutal 90's period of [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC.]]
* ScheduleSlip: The often-cited reason Nickelodeon fired him from his own show, although the man himself {{jossed}} this and insists "Man's Best Friend" was what got him booted off. He also backhanded the claims of not meeting deadlines since ExecutiveMeddling kept forcing him to retool the episodes over and over until they were accepted.
* ShrugOfGod: His initial reaction to questions on whether Ren and Stimpy are gay. See FlipFlopOfGod above.
* SignatureStyle: Grossout gags and surreal cartoon drawings, often combined with "psychodramas" (as Nickelodeon called them), although he eventually moved on from grossout humor after getting tired of using it.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His works land on the Cynicism end of the scale, especially in ''Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon''. He has no tact when it comes to discussing offensive subject matter or the hardships of life and being a cartoonist. His definition of a real cartoonist (using cartoonists like Virgil Partch and Robert Crumb as examples) is basically that it requires you to be a hard edged, salty person who has a no nonsense outlook on life, but plays its hardships and the faults and hypocrisy of humanity for laughs. This, more than any other reason, is why he is in favor of cartoon animation of the kind like Fleischer and Warner Bros. did as opposed to that of Disney, whose worldview and style of cartooning is as far as you can get from that kind of abrasive outlook. Heck, one of the unfinished episodes for ''Adult Party Cartoon'' was called "Life Sucks", and its every bit as nihilistic as you'd expect.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: All of his works land on the Surreal end of the scale, especially his cartoons from 2010 and on.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Split right in the middle. He strongly believes you should be a very skilled artist to be an animator, but also believes said skills should be in the service of entertaining an audience and not just focusing solely on refining your skills in craftsmanship.
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: He feels only the first five (Solid Drawing, Appeal, Exaggeration, Staging and Timing) are truly essential principles, pointing to shows like WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet to prove that no matter how low budget your animation is, you can still make a great cartoon using these principles alone. With that said, he has been experimenting with full animation in the name of funny movement, due to now being bored with pose-to-pose animation like he did on ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''.
* VulgarHumor: Very, very much in favor of this and playing shocking, politically incorrect subjects for laughs. Ren and Stimpy is most famous for this due to its GrossoutShow nature, but his work after that cranks it up even further. In an interview discussing ''ComicBook/SpumcoComicBook'', he made it clear that his intention for it was to completely spit in the face of political correctness.
-->"There's this whole fucking Creator/BarbraStreisand movement to make people pretend they're not human; that they don't have human desires and they don't say human things in real life, and all it does is frustrate your natural urges. Eventually we're all going to become mass murderers. We're suppressing everything that comes natural to us. If there is any place where you should let out all of your frustrations, it's entertainment. Everybody has evil dirty thoughts. Most men love pretty girls; you're not supposed to love pretty girls anymore, which is like *insane.* If you hate all that stuff, you should buy our comic book. Our comic book is all about humanity. It's about the things that you really think about but you're afraid to say to anybody."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** During the 1980's when John was working on ''Mighty Mouse'', Creator/RalphBakshi had recognized John's talent. Ralph and John were planning on teaming up to do an animated film called "Bobby's girl". [[TeenDrama Which was set to be a parody of the teen comedies during the time]]. However [[Creator/TriStarPictures TriStar]] [[ExecutiveMeddling canceled the project]]. But artwork of this proposed project can be seen in the [[http://www.amazon.com/Unfiltered-Complete-Bakshi-Behind-Mighty/dp/0789316846 Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi]] book. It's interesting to think what John's career would have been like if he were a film director, not a creator of television shows.
** He went into Creator/DreamWorksAnimation to pitch a movie, but he came back with an ExecutiveMeddling [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2009/07/ideas-arenas-modern-way-to-write.html horror story]].
** When John was fired, many cartoons he was working on were left on the cutting room floor. It's interesting to think how his career and show would have gone if he hadn't have been fired.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: John used to host regular AIM chats with the fandom, and post Q&A sessions on certain ''Ren & Stimpy'' message boards. Some chats and question sessions went well, at least at first. However, after a large amount of "heckling" and being drowned out with constant clamoring requests of "Do you like this show? What do you think of this show? What's your opinion on anime?", etc. (mostly done for the purpose of troll-baiting his opinionated statements against animated shows he doesn't like) and even moderation not helping matters of people getting somewhat out of hand, he dropped this method of communication altogether.\\
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He later would created [[Blog/JohnKStuff his own self-moderated blog]] to talk about various subjects and drawing and animated character theories, and does participate in comment discussions there. He has lessened considerably himself from making as many overt statements about cartoons he does not like quite as much, focusing more of his attention on simply praising the inspirations he does admire.
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