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  • Acceptable Targets: Given that Kricfalusi is a controversial figure in Western Animation, he has a bunch of them. Examples include:
  • Acceptable Religious Targets:
  • Animation Age Ghetto: In "Walt Craves Respect", John speculates that Walt Disney pushing so hard for his movies to have more serious content and realistic art in movies like Fantasia was a shrewd attempt to pander to critics and convince them that his studio was a real arthouse and not just a fun lowbrow cartoon studio. John is quick to point out how this backfired in Fantasia's initial release because Walt also tried to pander to general audiences at the same time with the films cutesy elements and clear cut morality, keeping critics from taking the film seriously.
  • Anvilicious:
    • The blog is not at all subtle about its condemnation of sloppy artistry, formulaic art and stories and the dangers of political correctness.
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    • It is also adamant that animation is just a tool on its own and that it absolutely needs a large variety of outside influences (i.e. live action movies and actors, comic book artists, caricaturists, fine artists and average everyday folk) and skilled artists with a strong point of view in order to be interesting.
    • One of the major points the blog brings up with the force of a hammer is that just imitating others work without discretion or analysis and having Disney as your only influence is a bad thing, providing evidence in "Do All Bland Movies Make Profits?" that copying their works in features only brought short term success to their imitators at best while resulting in a lot of films that either flopped at the box office or were critically disaparaged. It's one of the few arguments John brings up on his blog that people can find themselves agreeing with, even if they dont agree with his opinions on the films themselves.
  • Broken Base: The unapologetically tactless and mean-spirited humor, shamelessly lurid, crass content, holier than thou elitism and frequent snipes at contemporary works and artists for not living up to John's extremely rigid standards has gotten the blog a sharply divisive reception that often overshadows the rest of its content. Readers either love it for that, come for the instructional posts while staying arms length from John's opinions, or just avoid the blog altogether.
  • Cliché Storm: He often ripped into animated features old and new for having formulaic story-lines, most infamously in his review of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and his (deleted) impressions of Tangled, which he claims consists of nothing but formula.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: John is more than willing to step on peoples toes and spit in the face of political correctness and general tact to get a laugh and/or get his points across. Just one of many examples is the post where he applauds Betty Boop cartoons for having very racy humor, up to including rape jokes.note 
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A big reason why the blog is so polarizing. The blogs whole tone is overwhelmingly caustic and negative, and John's opinions range from being merely sardonic and childish to downright misanthropic and mean spirited at worst, and often come with an air of vindictive, petty bitterness and arrogant self-righteousness behind them. It makes his posts, even the educational ones, a hard pill to swallow. It only got worse when John's true nature as a person was revealed in 2018, leaving his blog seen now as little more than a propagandic soapbox for a grandstanding, predatory, narcissistic scumbag.
  • Designated Hero: In "The Best Bugs — Pre 'Tude", he argues that Chuck Jones interpretation of Bugs Bunny turned Bugs into an unlikable and boring protagonist who only won because he was supposed to, as opposed to his 1940's cartoons where he earned his victories.
  • Discredited Meme: Using "CalArts style" as a derogatory term for Thin-Line Animation? That started here and originally referred to the art style used during the Disney Renaissance rather than shows from The New '10s. Even before it was traced back to John K., the term was, much like the blog itself, being dismissed by artists as blind anger towards something popular rather than good-faith criticism, which is why it completely lost it's merit once it's source was discovered.
  • Don't Shoot the Message:
    • Some viewers of his blog come away agreeing with his ideas about pushing for more cartoon like animation, but feel the tasteless and extreme way the ideas are presented make them a hard pill to swallow.
    • Most people agree completely with his hatred of Horrible Hollywood and executives calling the shots in cartoons. The problem comes from his obnoxious and unceasing jadedness about it, as well as his complete disloyalty to the rest of the animation industry, resulting in him lumping popular studios, cartoons and creators in with less popular ones.
    • Even after both Kricfalusi's statutory rape scandal in 2018 and the nuclear disaster that was Cans Without Labels a year later deep-sixed what little goodwill people and fans had for him, it's believed that the blog for what its worth is a good resource for instruction and inspiration, but that John's own opinions and self congratulating merits should be taken with a salt mine.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In "Jim Tyer Terry Toons Comics", he claims that Tyer is one of his favorite animators, but he also discourages students from studying his work since they can pick up bad habits from his work.
  • Eight Deadly Words:
    • In "Milt Gray On Clampett's Black and White Cartoons", which discusses Bob Clampett's B&W cartoons, John K describes how Porky Pig was basically a boring prop character in the hands of Tex Avery and Frank Tashlin, and that Bob best understood how to make the character truly likable and sympathetic.
    • In "Writing for Cartoons 3", he criticizes the MGM Marx Brothers movies for having romantic filler centered around boring characters at the expensive of the brothers comedy.
    • His review of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs also cites this as a major flaw of the film.
  • Glurge: Besides considering the content of their films bland and trite, John K. also feels that animated features by Disney and its followers use blatant Oscar Bait on a daily basis and are too emotionally manipulative and preachy to come off as sincere.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    If you thought some of his writing there was off-putting, imagine him yelling those things at you! He wasn't just musing in his own head on the blog. He actually talked to people at the studio like that, insulting and degrading them if they drew flat or "uninteresting" drawings. His anger isn't just reserved for imaginary Filmation animators. It's real, it's ugly, and it's devastating. The "nice" John you read on the blog, who just happens to have a curmudgeonly streak, is an anomaly we rarely saw. The whole thing is the streak. Some of his online fans got the Dr. Jekyll version of him. Others had a whole crew's worth of Mr. Hyde unleashed on them."
    • John's remarks on how most cartoon studios invest in hard work for the sake of hard work or showing off were very hard to take seriously as is, but they became painfully ironic when it came to light that John was notorious for blowing through budgets on his shows and doing countless, countless retakes on scenes in his cartoons over trivial things like the color of a present Stimpy hands Ren or Stimpy's butt not shaking the exact way he wanted it to due to his indecisiveness, and that he even had the nerve to scam Carbunkle Cartoons by refusing to pay up for their hard work on Adult Party Cartoon (which prompted the lawsuit that ended up destroying Spumco) for the incredibly petty and unprofessional reason that their work as is didnt turn out satisfactory to him. In short, John K is guilty of doing the very thing he accuses others of doing.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: One of the most notorious elements of the blog back in its heyday was John's unrepentant scorn towards well-liked movies and shows from The Renaissance Age of Animation and the years surrounding it. Several of the targets of John's ire include (but are by no means limited to) Animaniacs, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor's New Groove, Tangled, Star Wars, The Iron Giant, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, The Fairly OddParents!, Samurai Jack, and even Neon Genesis Evangelion at one point. It's telling that his review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ending with him giving it a zero and saying that it was still higher than he'd rank other movies of the time.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked:
    • In "Canadian Animation — The Beginning", he talks about the show Rocket Robin Hood, saying he liked the first season better than the second because it was so cheesy and sloppy.
    • In "Wayne Boring's Superman", he claims he prefers superhero comics before The '70s because he believed their appeal came from just how ridiculous they were, and that they ruined when writers tried to rationalize and take the preposterous stories seriously.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: John defends early 1930's cartoons, which he considers generally disparaged and overlooked by critics in favor of Disney, as having their own virtues when put into context.
    "For decades these cartoons have been derided by cartoon historians and even some of the animators themselves. These cartoons have attributes that far surpass their seeming limitations. They were extremely inventive and the animators were encouraged to do what comes naturally to cartoonists and animators. They were allowed to draw and animate in their own individual styles. In the early 1930s, there were no set bible of rules for how to animate. The medium was too young. Every animator figured out their own unique ways of moving things."
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Invoked: John claims the only part of The Illusion of Life that's worth reading is the chapter on The Twelve Principles of Animation and that the rest is just Disney propaganda.
  • Memetic Mutation: While it didn't invent the term (which had existed as far back as the early 90's), the blog (specifically, this post) is considered one of the biggest proprietors of the now infamous animation term "Cal Arts Style", which has since mutated to describe what This Very Wiki refers to as Thin-Line Animation.note  Ironically enough, the blog petered out before John could give his opinion such a controversial art-style.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Discussed in "Art Lozzi 3-HB Starts to Standardize", which discusses how Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera realized how popular the Yogi Bear segments of The Huckleberry Hound Show were and, in an astute move, decided to give him his own show two years later.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The blog is far more known for the controversial opinions on contemporary animation and vulgar humor than its (admittedly very good) instructional posts. And those opinions were then overshadowed by the revelations of how he sexually groomed and assaulted underage girls as well as abused the Spumco staff.
  • Padding:
    • In his review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, he criticizes the film for (among other things) having what amounts to 10 minutes worth of plot stretched out to feature length.
    • In "Writing for Cartoons 1", he criticizes Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as being a movie with this same problem, and also setting a bad example for other animated movies to follow as a result.
  • Propaganda Piece: John dismisses The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation as largely being Disney propaganda that claimed everything that was ever done with any quality or worth in animation only came from Disney, and said that the only good chapter in the book was the section on The Twelve Principles of Animation. Which is rather ironic and hypocritical in hindsight considering his entire blog is a giant propaganda piece in of itself, being a misanthropic and nostalgia fueled political rant disguised as a serious commentary on stifled freedom of political incorrectness and cartoonier animation, where the instructional posts are often considered the only bearable parts of it.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: "Writing for Cartoons 3" criticizes the MGM Marx Brothers movies for falling back on this element at the expense of their comedy.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: A big factor in why he's so alienated by Disney and their followers. He finds their films so unmasculine, sentimental and sappy that he says there isn't any Disney film that doesn't make him want to reach for the fast forward button.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In "Disney Gets Almost Specific", he lauds the early scenes of Captain Hook as seeming like they're building him up to be this charismatic, shaded character, but expresses disappointment that the rest of the film didn't build on it.
  • Unacceptable Targets: The plot is notorious for priding itself on its shamelessly vulgar, anti-politically correct humor, and it sometimes blurs the line between whats deliberately thoughtless or nasty to provoke a shock or laugh or just plain nasty or thoughtless, with some posts teetering dangerously close to being outright sexist, racist, or homophobic. John's own ultra-conservative viewpoints (despite his insistence of being otherwise) aren't helping his case at all.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • In "Daffy In Book Revue-Cartoony Believable Action", he contrasts the totally unrealistic, exaggerated cartoon actions of Daffy Duck to the ultra-realistic approach of a mo-cap movie like Beowulf. He considers Daffy's impossible actions to be believable because they use caricature to represent a strong personality, while he considers Beowulf to be completely fake and unbelievable for superficially (and pointlessly) copycatting reality.
    • The "Dreamworks Mickey Mouse" doodle in "Fanboy Admission and Genetics", which parodies the style of CGI in Dreamworks movies by depicting Mickey Mouse as a hairy, pore infested creature with realistic eyes and giant human ears.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Not unlike the reviews of RedLetterMedia, John K's blog does offer a lot of insight into what goes into making a cartoon and how the films he loves were made between all the sophomoric humor and tasteless jokes. The main difference however is that Mike Stoklasa's Mr. Plinkett is clearly just a character while John K's online persona...isn't.
  • Unfortunate Character Design:
    • In "By What Criteria Do We Judge Quality?", John jokes that Grandmother Willow looks like a face in a vagina.
    "Pocahontas consults the wisdom of the magical pussy-tree, complete with every fold and crevice."


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