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  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • In "Subtle Animation Acting-Bugs Bunny by McKimson and Harris", John unfavorably compares the direction Chuck Jones gives to his animators like Ken Harris to that of Bob Clampett directing animators like Robert McKimson, basically saying that in contrast, Jones animators were basically "glorified inbetweeners" who were stuck doing menial, uncreative work for Jones in contrast. One of John's former animators, Bob Jaques, went into great detail on his own blognote about just how completely wrong John was about it, and by using his work on Ren and Stimpy to prove the point that the art of inbetweening layout poses is anything but a mindless act, while also highlighting that John is basically throwing stones in glass houses, considering John felt the soul of Ren and Stimpy was the layouts and not the animation and inbetweens and is guilty of the very thing he accuses Jones of doing.
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    • In "Walt Craves Respect", he argues that Walt making films like Fantasia was a shrewd attempt to pander to critics and that a combo of poor critical and audience reception against it trying to play to both high class expectations while keeping Disney's cutesy elements played a part in the film being a big Box Office Bomb. What he doesn't factor in was that Fantasia came out at a very bad time when, thanks to the rise of World War 2, Disney was completely cut off from the foreign market that had helped make films like Snow White a big box office hit (this factor was also why films like Pinocchio and Bambi underperformed in their initial releases) and the fact that thanks to its unique and expensive Fantasound equipment being difficult to install, Fantasia only received limited distribution and wasn't accessible to the general public. John also doesn't factor in that the film eventually did turn a profit in rereleases and was recognized as a masterpiece by critics. Of course, the post is blatant anti-Disney propaganda, so it's entirely possible he knew but cherrypicked to get his points across.
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    • In "The Gay Arabic Villain", he uses Anton Ego as an example of a villain with a long pointy nose... even though the movie makes it very clear that, while Anton is not exactly pleasant company, he is not a villain or even evil, just someone who takes his job as a food critic very seriously, with the real conflict just coming from Remy trying to prove himself as a chef despite adversity.
  • Missing Episode:
    • "Happy Birthday Katie" from 2006, which was deleted permanently and was not backed up on the Internet Archive.
    • "No More 'Tude!" is another post that was deleted for unknown reasons.
    • A very minor post called "Spumco Toys and Comics and Barbie Has Them For You" was also deleted for unknown reasons.
    • "Heartaches Color" is another minor post that got deleted.
    • There was also a post that took snipes at Tangled, "Is It Possible To Make A Whole Animated Feature Out Of Stock?", that included some homophobic remarks, which he quickly deleted due to the sudden backlash in the comments. Thanks to the internet archive, it can be read here.
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    • His infamous post about the "Cal Arts Style" has also been deleted, though the Internet Archive likewise has it backed up.
    • Its also been speculated that some older posts were retroactively edited to remove controversial elements. In one of the educational posts, a mention of the DCAU Batman and Superman was edited out to keep discussion from derailing into being about superhero cartoons, and its unknown if Internet Archive has preserved the original post.
  • Throw It In!: Discussed in a post about the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Barbary Coast Bunny", pointing out how Chuck Jones rewrote the dialogue to accommodate the kind of characterization Daws Butler brought to Nasty Canasta.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: Discussed in a few posts. John is not a fan of cartoons doing this in a non-comedic context and sees it as a shrewd, cheap way of pandering to critics and emotionally trip-wiring audiences in order to get artistic respect in animation.
    • In "Walt Craves Respect". John believes that Walt Disney tried going in a more serious direction with features like Fantasia because he wasn't happy about the fact that making funny cartoons didn't get him critical praise or respect like live action filmmakers did, so he tried pandering to what he thought critics took seriously, like more naturalistic designs, lush art, classical music and darker thematic elements to get their favor. John also points out that it backfired horribly in its initial release, getting panned by critics and flopping at the box office.
    • In "Wally Walrus VS UPA part 1", he criticizes UPA for doing this, seeing them as a group of snobbish elitist animators who thumbed their nose at the approach of other animation studios, singling out cartoons like The Unicorn in the Garden as going out of their way to be as dreary and anti-cartoon as possible in order to pander to critics.
    • He isn't a fan of live action movies doing this either. In "Funny Pathos vs Cheap Trick Pathos- Ralph Has Remorse", he singles out E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as an example of a film using trick pathos to elicit an audience response. In general, he loathes Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for similar reasons as he does Disney, mainly for what he sees as their cynical and insincere "Take my cake and eat it too" attitude towards eliciting serious audience emotion with emotional trip-wiring and pandering in films with trite or lowbrow content.
    • As the above examples attest, John hammers home that if you want to make kitsch, then treat it like kitsch (unless your plan is to make fun of it) — don't treat kitsch as something to be taken seriously so you can crassly pretend it has genuine artistic merit behind it.
  • Undermined by Reality: While the blog was always controversial for its tactlessness and disloyalty towards the animation industry at large, the statutory rape allegations Kricfalusi received in 2018 opened up the floodgates for his former employees to confirm every negative rumor about him, saying that his grumpy joker personality was nothing more than a front for a self-congratulating Cult of Personality and that his true nature as an abusive, unprofessional sociopath, who was just as much of a creative stifler, if not moreso, than the people and studios he loves taking potshots at, had been an open secret for years. Since then, the blog has come to be seen less as the somewhat opinionated but ultimately helpful advice of a showbiz professional and more of a soapbox for the hateful rantings of a sick narcissist who got lucky once.

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