John Kricfalusi

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Born
Michael John Kricfalusi
Birth date
(1955-09-09) September 9, 1955 (age 65)
Birth place
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Other names
John K.

Raymond Spüm

Raymond S.
Occupation
Animator, voice actor
Years active
1979-2020
Notable work(s)
The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Goddamn George Liquor Program, Weekend Pussy Hunt, The Ripping Friends, Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon

John Kricfalusi (born Michael John Kricfalusi, September 9, 1955 in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian cartoonist, and creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Kricfalusi was heavily involved in the first two seasons, where he directed, wrote storyboards and produced many episode, and even provided the voice for Ren Höek.

Kricfalusi was fired from the Ren and Stimpy Show in 1992 for reasons having to do with constant missed deadlines and for his deteriorating relationship with Nickelodeon over the direction of the show and has not achieved the same commercial success his series had since. He is a controversial figure in the animation industry due to his openly rude, egotistical, immature and inappropriate behavior and for creating a hostile work environment in his animation studio Spümcø. In 2018, he was accused of sexual harassment by two woman named Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice, who have reported to BuzzFeed that they were sexually harassed and groomed while underaged. As a result, he has reluctantly retired from the animation industry.


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Early work

Kricfalusi first worked on projects with Ralph Bakshi, especially on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, and later went to work on the 1980s revival of Beany and Cecil, where he would work with many of the people with whom he would later work on Ren and Stimpy.

Ren and Stimpy

Earlier in his career, Kricfalusi would draw pictures of Stimpy, a "retarded cat" based on of a pair of cats in a Tweety Bird cartoon, A Gruesome Twosome, which had cats with big bulbous noses. Around that same time, he created "asthma-hound Chihuahua" Ren Höek from a postcard one sent him of a Chihuahua with a sweater on. Later on, Joel Faynor, who worked with Kricfalusi, suggested to him that he should put the two characters together, and the advice was accepted. Kricfalusi goes into more depth on the creations in "Ren and Stimpy: In the Beginning," a featurette on Disc 1 of The Ren & Stimpy Show: The First and Second Season (Uncut) DVD.

Kricfalusi, along with partners Jim Smith, Bob Camp, and Lynne Naylor, founded the studio Spümcø in 1988, and pitched The Ren & Stimpy Show around several networks until Nickelodeon picked it up. It first aired on August 11, 1991, with "Stimpy's Big Day/The Big Shot."

Throughout the series' five seasons, Kricfalusi was only involved with the first two. He started to battle with the executives at Nickelodeon over missed deadlines and content and began to develop a reputation for behaving inappropriately as well as being difficult to work with. After the episode, Man's Best Friend, Nickelodeon fired Kricfalusi, and Spümcø, from his own series. The last three seasons were done by Games Animation, Nickelodeon's studio, with some season two and three episodes originally started at Spümcø.

Later efforts

Kricfalusi would go on direct several music videos, for Björk's "I Miss You" (animated by the entire Spümcø staff) in 1997, Tenacious D's "Classico" in 2006, and "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Close But No Cigar" that same year.

He would also create two Internet-only cartoons: The Goddamn George Liquor Program (the first Internet-only cartoon) in 1997 and Weekend Pussy Hunt in 1999.

Kricfalusi returned to television and directed two Yogi Bear cartoons, dedicated to Hanna and Joseph Barbera: Boo Boo Runs Wild and A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith and the animated series The Ripping Friends in 2001.

In 2019, he would release the infamous short Cans Without Lables.

Adult Party Cartoon

In 2002, Kricfalusi was contacted by the struggling TNN (now Spike) network to produce new episodes of Ren and Stimpy. John created Ren and Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", which used plots developed from the original series, but with swearing, violence, sexually explicit adult themes and extreme dialogue added, and the show aired in June 2003. However, the reboot was cancelled after only three episodes aired, due to heavy criticism and adverse reviews. These episodes and several unaired episodes, were put out on DVD as "Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes" in 2006 after Spumco was filed lawsuit on July 18, 2005 by Carbunkle Cartoons in Canada. However, Kricfalusi was unhappy with how Adult Party turned out. Newer fans of Ren and Stimpy panned and hated this reboot and somewhat older fans hated it as well. As the reboot was poorly received, it damaged the reputations of both Ren and Stimpy and John Kricfalusi.

Sexual allegation incidents

In 2018, Kricfalusi was accused of sexual harassment: 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 when she was 17. Katie 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.

On April 6, 2018, Robyn Byrd revealed the graphic threats from Kricfalusi she had received via Twitter, further harming his reputation. She posted screenshots of Kricfalusi posting under a known pseudonym. In one of those messages Kricfalusi said to Byrd in defense, "It's not my fault you were (expletive) underage you were just so (expletive) sexy."[1]

In early May 2018, Kricfalusi published an apology on Facebook on the matter and his subsequent actions. Byrd referred to his apology as a "non-apology and a big pile of manipulative crap" and an attempt to deflect the blame.

Episode credits

Ep # Episode Title Credit
Pilot
0 Big House Blues director
writer
producer
animator
storyboard artist
voice of Ren
Season 1
1a Stimpy's Big Day director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
voice of Mr. Horse
1b The Big Shot! director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
2a Robin Höek director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
2b Nurse Stimpy director (as Raymond Spum)
writer
producer
voice of Ren
3a Space Madness director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
3b The Boy Who Cried Rat director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
4a The Littlest Giant director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
4b Fire Dogs director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
voice of Mr. Horse
voice of Mrs. Buttloaves
5a Marooned director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
5b Untamed World director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
6a Black Hole producer
Voice of Ren
6b Stimpy's Invention director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
Season 2
7a In The Army producer
voice of Ren
7b Powdered Toast Man director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
8a Ren's Toothache director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
8b Man's Best Friend director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
9a Out West writer
producer
voice of Ren
voice of Mr. Horse
9b Rubber Nipple Salesmen director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
voice of Mr. Horse
10 Sven Höek director
writer
producer
animator
voice of Ren
11a Haunted House writer
producer
voice of Ren
11b Mad Dog Hoek producer
voice of Ren
12b Big Baby Scam producer
voice of Ren
12b Dog Show director
producer
voice of Ren
13 Son of Stimpy director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
14a Monkey See, Monkey Don't producer
14b Fake Dad director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
15a The Great Outdoors writer
producer
voice of Mr. Horse
voice of Mrs. Buttloaves
15b The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball producer
16 Stimpy's Fan Club writer
producer
voice of Ren
17 A Visit To Anthony director
producer
voice of Ren
voice of Mr. Horse
18 The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen director
writer
producer
voice of Ren
Season 3
19a To Salve And Salve Not producer (uncredited)
19b A Yard Too Far writer
producer (uncredited)
20b No Pants Today producer (uncredited)
21a Ren's Pecs writer (uncredited)
producer (uncredited)
22 Stimpy's Cartoon Show writer
producer (uncredited)
23a Jimminy Lummox producer (uncredited)
23b Bass Masters writer (premise)
producer (uncredited)
27a Eat My Cookies producer (uncredited)
28 Lair Of The Lummox writer
producer (uncredited)
Season 4
33a Magical Golden Singing Cheeses writer (uncredited)
producer (uncredited)
Season 5
45b Ren's Brain writer
producer (uncredited)
47b Who's Stupid Now? writer (uncredited)
producer (uncredited)
50a Terminal Stimpy producer (uncredited)

References

Ren and Stimpy Staff
Shawn AhnMike AndrewsKelly ArmstrongPeter AvanzinoHoward E. BakerJim BallantineCraig BartlettCharlie BeanEd D. BellElinor BlakeTimothy J. BorquezDave BossertMichael BradleyCharlie BrissetteKen BruceKent ButterworthVince CalandraBob CampSherm CohenMark ColangeloYvonne CsekoRichard DaskasMarge DeanStephen DeStefanoDavid FeissArthur FilloyEddie FitzgeraldMike FontanelliAllen FosterJim GomezBonnie GriggsWilliam GriggsMary HanleyKaren HansenDaniel J. HarrisRon HaugeChristopher HinkKent HoladayWilliam HouchinsRon HughartScott HumlBob JaquesScott JeffressVictoria JensonDan JeupDon JudgeJim KammerudCraig KellmanMichael KimMimi KwonRob KooJohn KricfalusiDoug LawrenceDiana LeBostSteve LoterGreg ManwaringMark MarrenArmen MelkonianSteve MellorEmily R. MichelsChris MitchellTom McGrathLloyd MongolWill McRobbLarry MurphyLynne NaylorMark O'HareShawn PattersonCheri PedersonGilbert OrrantiaTom OwensMarc PerryRobin PoliceHenry PorchRichard PurselMiranda PurvesChris ReccardiJordan ReichekDan RootFrank SapersteinChris SavinoCaren ScarpullaDon ShankBrian SheesleyDavid SheldonJoe SibilskiJoey SilverioCatherine E. SimmondsAlan SmartBrian SmithJim SmithMyoung SmithWesley SmithEric M. StefaniJanice TolentinoTuck TuckerBrad VandergriftGregg VanzoNorton VirgienHal WaiteJames T. WalkerVincent WallerTeale WangCarla WashburnScott WillisJungja WolfBill WrayCarey J. YostRaymond Zibach
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