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?

A Small Conversation With William Shatner & Bob Camp At Wizard World

A Small Conversation With William Shatner & Bob Camp At Wizard World

WWCCI know in past posts and a handful of podcasts, I have shared the story of my Dad meeting William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy. Then my Dad giving me his pictures and autographs and then to have them 14154755-standardtaken by someone. I found the post if you care to read it, I wrote this when Leonard Nimoy passed away (https://nerdylifeofmine.com/2015/03/02/remembering-leonard-nimoy/). So it’s been a…

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A Small Conversation With William Shatner & Bob Camp At Wizard World

WWCCI know in past posts and a handful of podcasts, I have shared the story of my Dad meeting William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy. Then my Dad giving me his pictures and autographs and then to have them 14154755-standardtaken by someone. I found the post if you care to read it, I wrote this when Leonard Nimoy passed away (https://nerdylifeofmine.com/2015/03/02/remembering-leonard-nimoy/). So it’s been a mission for me to get replacement autographs for the last couple of years now and with Wizard World Comic Con this year, that became possible! Walking up to the table to buy a ticket to get Shatner’s autograph, not a problem…. Walking up to pick out a picture… Okay don’t panic, doing okay….. Now walking up to Shatner himself… OH MY GOD *screaming on the inside*.

Shatner: Hi! How are you?

Both myself and my wife answered: Fine.

Shanter looks down at the picture: For Carly and Jason… You are Carly (pointing at my wife)?

Carly: Yes

Shatner: You are Jason (pointing at me)?

Me: Yes (laughing a little bit)

Shatner: Then who are these two (pointing at both my kids)?

Carly: These are our hobbits.

Me: That’s Lilly and Jackson.

Shatner: Well hello there!! How are you two?

(Kids look wide eyed and not sure on what to say. Hahha!) Okay…. (Lilly with a smile)

At this point I knew I didn’t have much time talk with Shatner. So I gave him a cliff notes version of my story about him meeting my Grandpa and my Dad while filming TOS – S03E03 – The Paradise Syndrome.

Shatner: Oh yeah! (looking at me while I tell this story.)

Quickly going into detail and the point of the story. On how my Dad then gave them to me and were stolen later on. The only one I had left was Deforest Kelly.

Shatner with him mouth dropping open: My God. I’m sorry to hear that.

Me: Yeah, thank you! So with new autograph from you. This will complete the set. Well almost.. I have half of Leonard.

Shatner: Well that’s good you’ll be able to get the three together then (rather wide eye and smile).

Me: Indeed. Now you have meet 4 generations of this family (Grandpa, Dad, myself and my son).

Shatner: (With a raised eyebrow) Oh….. (realizing how old he was.)

Me: (In the back of my mind. Great! You just called Shatner old… Great…) Thank you so much for letting me tell you about this and letting us meet with you.

Shatner: Not a problem! Enjoy the rest of your day! (as he waves bye at the kids with a smile.)

I know it’s not a interview or a juice story full of details. But it’s an important personal story/mission that I’ve been working on for the last couple of years and I’m happy that it’s coming to a close :). In those 5 minutes I had a lot of weight taken off my shoulders and super happy. I was happy that my kids were able to meet Shatner and I know one day I’ll pass along those autographs to them as my Dad to me. It’s the memories and the stories that come with these chance encounters. It’s not about the money. So thank you so much Mister William Shatner!!

So after trying to cool down a bit, we walked over to Bob Camp’s table. For those who don’t know who Bob Camp is, he is a animator, cartoonist, comic book artist, director, and producer. Camp has been nominated for two Emmys, a CableACE Award, and an Annie Award for his work on The Ren & Stimpy Show. His other works go far back to the what was known as the Saturday morning cartoons (the real Saturday morning cartoons) like:4.11.15BobCampByLuigiNovi1

 

ThunderCats, Silverhawks, TigerSharks, Mini Monsters, Karate Kat, Street Frogs (1985-1987) Rankin/Bass (Development artist, design lead)

The Real Ghostbusters (1986) DiC (Character designer)

The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil (1988) DiC (Character designer)

Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) Warner Bros. Television (Storyboard artist)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1990) Marvel Productions/Fox (Storyboard director)

The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996) Nickelodeon (Co-creator, storyboard artist, writer, director, producer, supervising director, voice actor)

Space Goofs (1995-1996) Gaumont Multimedia/Fox (Writer, storyboard artist, co-story supervisor, voice director)

Cow and Chicken (1997-1999) Cartoon Network (Storyboard artist)

I Am Weasel (1997-1999) Cartoon Network (Storyboard artist)

The Cartoon Cartoon Show (1999) Cartoon Network (Dialogue director, writer, director, storyboard artist) (The Lucky Lydia Show)

Lucky Lydia (2000) Cartoon Network (Writer, storyboard artist, co-director, co-creator, executive producer, developer)

Jackie Chan Adventures (2002) Columbia TriStar Television (Storyboard artist)

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2003) Cartoon Network (Storyboard artist)

Robotboy (2006-2008) Cartoon Network/Alphanim (Director)

Robotboy (2007) Cartoon Network (Co-director, writer)

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (2010) Disney (Storyboard artist)

SpongeBob SquarePants (2015) Nickelodeon (Storyboard artist)

I’ve always been a big fan of his work and style of humor. After walking up there I picked out a drawing he did of the The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen.

Camp: Did you like this episode?

Me: Oh yeah! I love Ren and Stimpy, but this one was in my top five.

Camp: Mind if I share a story with you about this?

Me: Sure! Yes please.

Camp: So while coming up with ideas of this episode. We had a lot of guys in Canada working on this. We kinda gave them freedom to do whatever they want and then they will send it back to us. Now there is a scene where they are all cheering in the cartoon and throwing their hats into the air. Well one of them put in some intestines and what would be a cigar looking bit come flying out of it. Now back then things like that were getting cut left and right. But once we saw this we were all laughing. Later I asked the producer if she liked it? She said she thought it was funny and gave it a green light.

Me: Really?!?

Camp: Yeah. Then come to realize she wasn’t even looking at the screen half the time.. That’s how we got away with so much stuff like that.

Camp’s wife: Tell him what happened 30 years later.

Me: Oh? What happened?

Camp: Well on the 30 anniversary of the show, we released a set with all the cuts plus some bonus clips. But one of the reps was shocked that was given a okay. The producer later told me that she saw it and gave the okay anyways. I still doubt that this was true, I just think she was just trying to cover her butt hahaha.

Me: Hahaha wow. Yeah I remember a lot of that as a kid and was amazed on how you guys were pushing the limits on everything. My Dad got me hooked on this show and also grow up on Tex Avery & Chuck Jones. I started mimicking your art style to find my own, because I loved it so much.

Camp: How do you think me and guys like John K. got started? Haha we copied the crap out of those guys as well. I remember starting out in some little film festival in Ojai, CA.-

Me: Wait..? Your from Ojai?

Camp: Yes..?

Me: That’s my home town! I was born there!

Camp: Really? that’s nuts. What a small world hahah!

Me: Do you know Eric Pigors? He worked with Disney and created ToxicToons.

Camp: Yes! I know Eric! How do you know him?

Me: I did a art show a few years back and he was there and then we met at a Horror Con. From there we just hit it off and met his wife and got a tour of his house haha.

Camp: I bet it’s filled with Halloween crap.

Me: Oh yeah! That and art everywhere.

Camp: You know he almost died not that long ago?

Me: Yeah I remember reading the post his wife made on Facebook. I haven’t heard anything else after that tho.

Camp: Oh yeah. Scary stuff. He had a major heart attack at home. I know he is doing better now. Super nice guy!

Me: Oh wow! Yeah he is. Would hate to lose him.

Camp: Off topic.. Have we sang the The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen anthem at all today?

Camp’s Wife: No we have not haha.

Camp: Do you remember the words to the song?

Me: Most of them I do haha.

Both me and Bob Camp stood there in the middle of Wizard World comic con, started singing The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen anthem… Yeah that so happened! Never in a million year did I think something like that would ever happen hahaha!! If you don’t remember the song here is it:

This was one of the best things that took place at this years comic con haha. It still makes me laugh. Thank you so much Bab Camp for you time and stories!

Now I do have a number of other stories and events to share with you all. As well as new podcast interviews :). So please come by again and check it out!

 

My Saturday Cartoon Line Up: Trash Man Challenge Accepted!

My Saturday Cartoon Line Up: Trash Man Challenge Accepted!

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So at the end of our up coming podcast “Saturday Morning Cartoons” which is due out July 15th, at http://eclecticmayhem.libsyn.com BTW! A blogging challenge/event was brought up by Brian Farrell aka The Trash Man (@ItsTrashCulture) for watching morning cartoons and blogging about each one at the same time :).  So sadly I have don’t have may of these on dvd or a download of some kind. But thank…

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My Saturday Cartoon Line Up: Trash Man Challenge Accepted!

My Saturday Cartoon Line Up: Trash Man Challenge Accepted!

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So at the end of our up coming podcast “Saturday Morning Cartoons” which is due out July 15th, at http://eclecticmayhem.libsyn.com BTW! A blogging challenge/event was brought up by Brian Farrell aka The Trash Man (@ItsTrashCulture) for watching morning cartoons and blogging about each one at the same time :).  So sadly I have don’t have may of these on dvd or a download of some kind. But thank…

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My Saturday Cartoon Line Up: Trash Man Challenge Accepted!

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So at the end of our up coming podcast “Saturday Morning Cartoons” which is due out July 15th, at http://eclecticmayhem.libsyn.com BTW! A blogging challenge/event was brought up by Brian Farrell aka The Trash Man (@ItsTrashCulture) for watching morning cartoons and blogging about each one at the same time :).  So sadly I have don’t have may of these on dvd or a download of some kind. But thank god for YouTube!! Down below you’ll find a plot out line of each episode and a little history on each show running length. I have to tell you, watching these again after all these years makes me miss REAL  morning cartoons! I know I have started watching some of these with my kids so they aren’t stuck with the Spongebob craptastic line up… Yes I said it! Haha There are a few shows that didn’t make the list:

Ren And Stimpy, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, You Can’t Do That on Television…..

I could keep going and going, but I won’t. So I hope you enjoy the read and trip down memory lane!! I made sure/tried not to pick some of the cartoons that were brought up in the podcast. Now check and see if Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks, Diary of a Dorkette, Pop Pop..! It’s Trash Culture answered back!! REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT OUR PODCAST EcLeCtic MayHem AT http://eclecticmayhem.libsyn.com!!

Dragon’s Lair:
Here is Episodes 1-4!! Found this wonderful video on youtube 🙂


Dragon’s Lair is a television cartoon series by Ruby-Spears Productions based on the 1983 video game of the same name. Thirteen half-hour episodes were produced from 1984–85, airing on ABC. Between the late ’80s and the early ’90s, the show was rerun on the USA Cartoon Express, and has also aired on Boomerang.

Real Ghostbusters:
Meghan and Kenny Carter are being scared by the Boogieman and go to the Ghostbusters for help. Unfortunately, the children’s parents aren’t happy when the Ghostbusters barge into their homes in the middle of the night and ask them to leave. To make things even better, Egon knows the Boogieman from childhood, and convinces the guys to go after him. But in order to stop him, they’ll have to find another way to get to the Boogieman which leads them to a showdown in his realm.


The animated television series The Real Ghostbusters premiered on ABC on September 13, 1986. It continued airing weekly until the series conclusion on September 28, 1991. After the first season aired, the series entered syndication, during which new episodes aired each weekday. Sixty-five episodes aired in syndication simultaneously with the official second season in 1987. At the start of the third season in 1988, the show was renamed to Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters and expanded to an hour long time slot, during which the regular thirty-minute episode aired along with a half-hour Slimer sub-series which included two to three short animated segments focused on the character Slimer. At the end of its seven season run, 173 episodes had aired, including the syndicated episodes and 13 episodes of Slimer, with multiple episodes airing out of production order.

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse:
In this very first Playhouse episode, Pee-wee’s friends, including Cowboy Curtis and Miss Yvonne, are introduced when they come over to swim in the pool. Captain Carl would be there too… if he weren’t lost! When he calls in a mayday, it takes Conky and Globey to locate him and guide him to the delicious Sandwich Islands. Speaking of delicious, Pee-wee makes ice-cream soup for the gang when rain drives them back through the Playhouse *Spoilers*”door.”


Pee-wee’s Playhouse is an American children’s television program starring Paul Reubens as the childlike Pee-wee Herman which ran from 1986 to 1990 on Saturday mornings on CBS. The show was developed from Reubens’ popular stage show and the one-off TV special The Pee-wee Herman Show, produced for HBO, which was similar in style but featured much more adult humor. In 2004 and 2007, Pee-wee’s Playhouse was ranked #10 and #12 on TV Guide‍ ’​s Top Cult Shows Ever.

 
Bugs Bunny / Looney Tunes Comedy Hour:
A cat-about-town fancies himself such an irresistible “hunk” he momentarily resembles Victor Mature. His wooing of a cute kitten gets derailed by a prankster dog using a cat hand puppet to trap him.
A compilation of Warner Bros. cartoons features the adventures of Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Pepe LePew.

Beetlejuice:
BJ’s scoffing behavior lands him in the sandy dunes of Sandworom Land and when he hatches a baby Sandworm, escapes back to the Neitherwolrd. Lydia summons both of them to the Outerworld!


Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series which ran from September 9, 1989 to October 26, 1991 on ABC and, on Fox from September 9, 1991 to December 6, 1991. Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name, it was developed and executive-produced by the film’s director, Tim Burton. The series focus on the life of Goth girl Lydia Deetz and her undead friend Beetlejuice as they explore The Neitherworld, a wacky afterlife realm inhabited by monsters, ghosts, ghouls and zombies. Danny Elfman’s theme for the film was arranged for the cartoon by Elfman himself.

 
The Nintendo Power Hour:
The Super Mario Brothers Super Show:
A girl called Patty played by Danica McKellar arrives at Mario and Luigi’s claiming to be an orphan without a family or a place to go, so the plumbers invite her in for a stay. Mario becomes the King of Cramalot in order to drive out Koopa’s forces. Episode is based on The Sword in the Stone. Featured song: Bad Michael Jackson. The Super Mario brothers are spoiling Patty, when her parents show up, ashamed that she’s been taking the plumbers for granted, but they enjoy a family reunion.


DIC Entertainment produced three Super Mario cartoon series. The three shows consist of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989), The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990), and Super Mario World (1991). Altogether, there are 91 animated episodes from the three Mario cartoon series. The series first aired on September 4, 1989, and finished on December 7, 1991.

The Legend of Zelda:
Gannon learns of a magician’s contest behind held at the Castle and disguises himself to enter. As Zelda watches the contest, Ganon sends a bat to find the Triforce of Wisdom, which is being guarded by Link and Spryte. To distract him, Gannon transforms a lizard into a gigantic monster that captures Zelda. As Link goes to rescue her, Gannon steals the Triforce.


The Legend of Zelda is an American animated series based on the Japanese video game series The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The plot follows the adventures of Link and Princess Zelda as they defend the kingdom of Hyrule from an evil wizard named Ganon. It is heavily based on the first game of the Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda, but includes some references to the second, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

David the Gnome:
David explains what the daily life of the gnomes is like. He tells about his job as a doctor and the time he saved a goat who had swallowed a wire and a badger that had a splinter in his eye. David also tells that the gnomes have enemies, the trolls.


The World of David the Gnome was based on the world famous children’s books The Gnomes and The Secret of the Gnomes by Dutch authors Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen. David the Gnome, and his wife Lisa, were peace loving Gnomes who lived in a tree. They probably reminded more than a few children of their grandparents. David would travel around on the back of his trusty fox, Swift, who he would summon by whistling to help sick animals and gnomes and other mythical creatures with his medical expertise. Short series that lasted 26 episodes and the episodes were aired Saturday mornings on some channel, then Nickelodeon re-ran it in syndication as a part of their famous Nick Jr. block from 1988 up until fall 1996, then from 1996-1998 it was broadcasted on The Learning Channel. As of 1999 this show no longer airs anywhere in the world.

Gummi Bears:
Cavin, a young 12-year-old knight-in-training in the Dunwyn Kingdom, is left in the woods after a group of ogres run off his human allies. There, he stumbles into the home of the fabled Gummi Bears while trying to find his Great Gummi Medallion, which was left to him by his grandfather. When learning of an incoming attack by Duke Igthorn, Dunwyn’s disgraced knight turned traitor, Cavin must convince his new friends to help stop this enemy while promising to keep the Gummies’ existence a secret.


The series aired on Saturday mornings on NBC from 1985 to 1988. It moved to ABC in the fall of 1989, where it aired as part of The Gummi Bears/Winnie the Pooh Hour until January 1990. In the fall of 1990, the series became a part of Disney’s weekday afternoon syndicated cartoon block, The Disney Afternoon. Season 6 premiered as part of TDA, with new episodes interspersed with reruns of previous ones.

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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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