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[[caption-width-right:250:John K with his two most famous creations.]]

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

John Kricfalusi (pronounced as kris-fa-LOO-see) is a well-known 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.

!!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".
* ''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.
* ''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''.
* ''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."
* ''Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"'': 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": An animated short he has in the works, but is using 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.
!!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: John once did this to an episode of Ren and Stimpy. See CreatorBacklash in the Trivia tab.
* 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 "tradigital" 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.
* 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. He said this was actually a good score, as he usually gives negative numbers to recent animated films.
* CanadaEh: A native of Ottawa, 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.
* 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).
* 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.
* 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.
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* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Was a significant contributor with his work on Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse: The New Adventures'' and with his own series, ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow.'' Specifically, he was one of the first to promote the return of wild, anarchistic humor to modern cartoons, as well as the higher-quality animation it required.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Creator/BobClampett, one of the original masters of DerangedAnimation and one of John's mentors.
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: He feels only the first five (Solid Drawing, Appeal, Exaggeration, Staging and Timing) are truly essential principles, pointing to shows like 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''.