YMMV / John Kricfalusi

  • All Adult Animation Is South Park: Averted. He was around long before South Park was even a gleam in the eyes of their creators (he nearly sued them because their character of Mr. Hankey was too similar to an idea he'd tried to pitch) and, despite his juvenile, off-the-wall humor, hasn't had quite as much vulgarity in his work as many would expect him to... that is until Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon came along and he was pushed to do wall-to-wall vulgarity to compete with the rising popularity of South Park.
  • All Animation That Looks Like John K. is John K.: There are a handful of animations out there which were either influenced by or ripped off his style, such as Flintstones: On the Rocks, The Haunted World Of El Super Beasto, The Looney Tunes Show, many of which were made by former Spunco employees but John himself had nothing to do with.
  • Base Breaker: A lot of his more recent cartoons, but notably Adult Party Cartoon. Fans weren't impressed by seeing figures from the childhood in such an adult cartoon, even for characters as subversive as Ren and Stimpy.
  • Broken Base: Fans of Ren and Stimpy that aren't impressed by his adult cartoons, versus fans that don't mind.
  • Love It or Hate It: He's either a brilliant cartoonist who rejuvenated the animation industry by reintroducing "cartoonie" cartoons or an arrogant fanboy who got lucky because he worked with Ralph Bakshi. A middle ground does exist that he is a very talented and passionate cartoonist (even if it isn't everyone's cup of tea) who knows a great deal about his craft, but also acknowledge his personal flaws which make his work difficult to speak for itself.
  • Internet Backdraft: Bringing up his name on message boards or YouTube videos are a good way to start long-winded rants from fans, detractors, and apologists.
  • Never Live It Down: He has deeply regretted some of the decisions he made in his works, such as his use of eyes that squish in the middle to form a ) shape (which he only meant for the storyboards and never actually wanted them in the final cartoons) as well as many of the mistakes he made in his cartoons, such as one scene of Stimpy's eyes defying proper perspective (which was a sloppy mistake, but "everyone thought it was on purpose") and claiming that many TV cartoons (such as Animaniacs) had made "whole styles out of his mistakes."
    • In fact, he encourages fans *not* to study his work, and instead look at his influences for education, such as Bob Clampett.
    • His reputation as a show runner never recovered after his ego got the better of him during Ren And Stimpy, and he's yet to make more than one attempt at another series.
  • Scapegoat Creator: He is largely blamed for the failure of Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, with fans claiming that he got too much creative freedom on the latter which "ruined" the show—even though John has pointed out that the show still went through Executive Meddling and censorship (this time, through Spike TV instead of Nickelodeon, though both channels are owned by Viacom, so it's really a case of "same shit, different dump"), forcing him to put in excessive adult humor to compete with South Park (though, at the time, South Park was at that point where it was mixing in social commentary with its gross-out humor and taking it beyond fart jokes from the 1990s) and [adult swim] (which doesn't really delve in gross-out humor. Adult Swim's humor is laden with pop culture references, Dead Baby Comedy, and/or bizarre, non sequitur humor).