John Kricfalusi


Michael John Kricfalusi
Birth date
(1955-09-09) September 9, 1955 (age 62)
Birth place
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Other names
Raymond Spüm

John K.

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

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

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Early workEdit

He 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 he would go to work on Ren and Stimpy with.

Ren and StimpyEdit

Earlier in his career, he would draw pictures of Stimpy, a "retarded cat" based off of a pair of cats in a Tweedy 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, advice which John took and did. John 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.

He, 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, John K. was only involved with the first two. He started to battle with the executives at Nickelodeon over missed deadlines and content and after the episode, Man's Best Friend, Nickelodeon fired John, 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 effortsEdit

John K. 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.

John K. 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.

Adult Party CartoonEdit

In 2002, John K. received a call from 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), and the show aired in June 2003. However, the reboot was cancelled after only three episodes aired due to heavy criticism and negative reviews of Adult Party Cartoon so far. As of this, these episodes, along with several unaired episodes, were put out on DVD as "Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes" in 2006 after Spumco was filed lawsuit on July 18th, 2005 by Carbunkle Cartoons in Canada. However, John himself wasn't too happy with how Adult Party turned out in the first place. But newer fans of Ren and Stimpy themselves panned and hated this reboot as how much older fans hated it as well. This reboot was heavily received negatively, it ruined the reputation for Ren and Stimpy and John Kricfalusi.

Episode credits Edit

Episode Credit(s)
Stimpy's Big Day writer, storyboard artist, director
The Big Shot! writer, storyboard artist, director
Robin Höek writer, director
Nurse Stimpy writer, director (as Raymond Spum)
Space Madness writer, director
The Boy Who Cried Rat writer, director
Big House Blues writer, director
The Littlest Giant writer, director
Fire Dogs writer, director
Marooned writer, director
Untamed World writer, director
Black Hole director
Stimpy's Invention writer, director
Powdered Toast Man (episode) writer, director
Ren's Toothache writer, director
Out West writer
Rubber Nipple Salesmen writer, director
Sven Hoek (episode) writer, director
Haunted House writer
Dog Show director
Son of Stimpy writer, director
Fake Dad writer, director
The Great Outdoors writer
Stimpy's Fan Club writer
A Visit To Anthony writer, director
The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen writer, director
Man's Best Friend writer, director
Stimpy's Cartoon Show writer
Lair Of The Lummox writer
Ren's Brain writer
Ren and Stimpy Staff
Peter AvanzinoHoward E. BakerCraig BartlettChris SavinoElinor BlakeKen BruceVince CalandraBob CampStephen DeStefanoArthur FilloyJim GomezRon HaugeRon HughartVictoria JensonJim KammerudCraig KellmanMichael KimRob KooJohn KricfalusiSteve LoterMark MarrenArmen MelkonianSteve MellorChris MitchellTom McGrathWill McRobbLynne NaylorMark O'HareTom OwensRichard PurselChris ReccardiDan RootJoe SibilskiBrian SmithJim SmithVincent WallerBill Wray