John Kricfalusi

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

~Harvey Dent

John Kricfalusi……………..

This has been on my mind for a long, long time. It’s always hard to see someone who you look up to and influence your art style, just fall.. I mean it’s been no secret through out the art world, but nothing was ever conformed. I remember a small conversion with Bod Camp at Comic Con about John K.. He was vary short with his answers and seemed rather upset by the whole thing. Now this was in 2017 when I was talk with Bob. I first heard about sexual abuse and or underage dating sometime in 2005-08. When I was at a party in Burbank, Ca. But like most things it was just a “rumor” and nothing was ever said again.

But when I was talking with Bob Camp and his wife. There was no love there for John K.! Bob took over Ren and Stimpy because John wasn’t doing his job and was let go. All they said that things were going to be coming out soon. Also told me that the industry was hard when it came to things like that. Some people would loose their jobs, just because they spoke out on issues like at. Now that was back then, time have changed.

Now the reports that are coming against John K. are as follows:

Animators Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice alleged in a BuzzFeed report on March 29, 2018, that they were sexually harassed and groomed for sexual abuse by Kricfalusi while they were underage. Byrd said that she was in a sexual relationship with Kricfalusi in 1997, when she was 16, and moved in with him, in California, when she was 17. Rice said that she was sexually harassed by Kricfalusi when she turned 18 and began working at his animation studio, Spümcø. Documents they had saved from those years corroborate their stories, and several people who worked with Kricfalusi referred to his sexual harassment as an open secret in the animation industry. Kricfalusi was also alleged to possess child pornography on his computer. Kricfalusi’s lawyer confirmed that “for a brief time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend”, but denied that Kricfalusi’s “avid pursuit” of Rice was sexual harassment or that he had ever possessed child pornography.

Personally I had no idea about said child pornography.. Rather sick to my stomach to even think about it. Now I don’t say his is out right guilty, because all the fact are not in. But damn…. I feel so let down by him and his actions. Growing up and John K. was one of the animators I looked up too, next to Chuck Jones & Bob Camp. It’s heartbreaking to hear these stories and leaves you in disbelief. I still love his cartoon and artwork and thank god people like Bob Camp are there to pick up the pieces. But I find myself hating John K. for what he has done. I’m truly have no words.

The last bit of news that I can find about all this is from The Washington Post . At one point there is a part were a John’s Lawyer states:

“The 1990s were a time of mental and emotional fragility for Mr. Kricfalusi, especially after losing ‘Ren and Stimpy,’ his most prized creation. For a brief time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend. Over the years John struggled with what were eventually diagnosed mental illnesses in 2008. To that point, for nearly three decades he had relied primarily on alcohol to self-medicate. Since that time he has worked feverishly on his mental health issues, and has been successful in stabilizing his life over the last decade. This achievement has allowed John the opportunity to grow and mature in ways he’d never had a chance at before.”

The rest of the post is rather interesting and worth reading (‘Ren and Stimpy’ creator John Kricfalusi is the latest animation leader accused of misconduct). In the end, I hope any wrong doing will be fixed. What are your thoughts on this matter?

Rubber Nipple Salesmen

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This has to be one of my favorite Ren and Stimpy episodes.
In “Out West/Rubber Nipple Salesmen”, Mr. Horse was one of the prospective customers Ren and Stimpy spoke to while selling the titular products door to door. Mr. Horse was shown breaking character here – his usual straightforward, stern demeanor was replaced by a nervous, panicky paranoia. He was seen wearing pants, gloves and a cap made…

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Rubber Nipple Salesmen

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This has to be one of my favorite Ren and Stimpy episodes.
In “Out West/Rubber Nipple Salesmen”, Mr. Horse was one of the prospective customers Ren and Stimpy spoke to while selling the titular products door to door. Mr. Horse was shown breaking character here – his usual straightforward, stern demeanor was replaced by a nervous, panicky paranoia. He was seen wearing pants, gloves and a cap made…

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The Late Spümcø

Spümcø International was a North American cartoon animation studio. It was founded in 1988 by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi and his partners Jim Smith, Bob Camp, and Lynne Naylor. The company’s Canadian studio closed down around early 2005. A significant portion of the company’s material was given to ASIFA-Hollywood’s animation archives; Kricfalusi owns the rights to the characters. As of…

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The Late Spümcø

Spümcø International was a North American cartoon animation studio. It was founded in 1988 by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi and his partners Jim Smith, Bob Camp, and Lynne Naylor. The company’s Canadian studio closed down around early 2005. A significant portion of the company’s material was given to ASIFA-Hollywood’s animation archives; Kricfalusi owns the rights to the characters. As of…

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Rubber Nipple Salesmen

JJcyilY

This has to be one of my favorite Ren and Stimpy episodes.
In “Out West/Rubber Nipple Salesmen”, Mr. Horse was one of the prospective customers Ren and Stimpy spoke to while selling the titular products door to door. Mr. Horse was shown breaking character here – his usual straightforward, stern demeanor was replaced by a nervous, panicky paranoia. He was seen wearing pants, gloves and a cap made of rubber, and was concerned that the FBI had sent Ren and Stimpy to find him. It appeared that he had a walrus captive with him, as the walrus whispered “call the police” to the salesmen.
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Writer: Bob Camp, John Kricfalusi, Vincent Waller
Director: Bob Camp, Vincent Waller, John Kricfalusi
Star: Billy West (Stimpson “Stimpy” J. Cat (1991-1996) / Ren Hoek (1993-1996)), Alan Young (Haggis MacHaggis (1994-1996)), Gary Owens (Powdered Toast Man), Cheryl Chase (Various (1991-1993)), John Kricfalusi (Ren/Mr.Horse/Stinky Wizzleteats/the Big Woman/and others)
Recurring Role: Harris Peet (Muddy Mudskipper, Various)
Guest Star: Marty Grabstein (Man)

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The riding-off-on-bulls ending of Rubber Nipple Salesman is a parody of the ending of the Three Stooges classic A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN. Appropriate, as Stimpy is voiced similarly to Larry Fine. This was also how Robin Hoek was originally intended to end.
The stock music used during the “Rubber Walrus Protectors” sequence is from the end credits of Night Of The Living Dead (1968), itself of which is stock music taken from the movie Teenagers From Outer Space.

The Late Spümcø

Spümcø International was a North American cartoon animation studio. It was founded in 1988 by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi and his partners Jim Smith, Bob Camp, and Lynne Naylor. The company’s Canadian studio closed down around early 2005. A significant portion of the company’s material was given to ASIFA-Hollywood’s animation archives; Kricfalusi owns the rights to the characters. As of 2007 he lives in Los Angeles.

Works produced by Spümcø International

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Spümcø produced and designed animation and products for just about every medium during its existence, from television to internet to comic books. For a period, Spümcø even designed and released toys based on their characters and other classic characters such as the Three Stooges.

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Movies

* Troop Beverly Hills (beginning credits)

Television

* The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil (1988, co-production with DiC Entertainment)

* Ren and Stimpy (1991–1996) (Games Animation was commissioned to take over after season two)

* The Ripping Friends (2001–2002)

* Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon (2003)

Internet

These two cartoons are credited with being the first syndicated internet-only program designed exclusively for the internet, ten years before online programming became mainstream with the advent of YouTube.

* The Goddamn George Liquor Program: Babysitting the Idiot (1996)

* Weekend Pussy Hunt for Icebox.Com (1999)

Cartoon Network shorts

* Boo Boo Runs Wild (1999)

* A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith (1999)

* Dexter’s Laboratory: Chicken Scratch (2002, co-production with Cartoon Network Studios).

CartoonNetwork.com animated shorts

These new Jetsons shorts were eventually broadcast on Cartoon Network although they debuted on their website initially.

* The Jetsons: Father & Son Day (2000)

* The Jetsons: The Best Son (2001)

* Boo Boo and the Man (2000)

Music videos

* “I Miss You” by Björk (1997)

* “Fuck Her Gently” by Tenacious D (1999)

* “Classico” by Tenacious D (2006)

* “Close But No Cigar” by Weird Al Yankovic (2006)

Video games

* Go! Go! Hypergrind (2003) for Gamecube by Atlus (Artwork and Character Design)

* Yoake no Mariko by Sony for Playstation 2 (Artwork & Character Design)

* Pizza Packing Moron, a downloadable Flash game sold for $2

Animated spots and commercials

* Various animated IDs for NBC

* Aoki Pizza Commercial

* Nike Commercial

* Probono advertisement for UFC starring George Liquor

* Barqs Rootbeer Commercial starring George Liquor

* Quisp Cereal

* Old Navy Big Hood/Flares/Big Pocket Jeans/Girls Fleece Commercial

* Cadbury Commercial

* Village Pantry Commercial

* Wagwells Dog Treats Commercial

Comics

* Spümcø Comic Book Volume 1 Issues 1-3 (Dark Horse Comics)

* Spümcø Comic Book Volume 1 Issue 1 (Marvel Comics)

Future

On July 18, 2006, Kricfalusi stated in his blog that “Spümcø is no more. I’m trying a new experiment now.” He later added “My experiment is to do more freelancing with artists I already know are great and I can count on them to do good and unique work, rather than waste all my money on studio overhead and training unknowns. It’s what HB (Hanna-Barbera) did when they first started their TV studio in 1957 and it produced their best cartoons.”

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