Monday, 7 January 2008

John K. is a Genius and The World Should Shout His Name!

by Edwin Hesselthwite

Images from A Yard Too Far in Ren And Stimpy

John Kricfalusi is the original animator and creator behind Nickelodeon legend The Ren And Stimpy Show. I won't go in to the long story of his biography (in which dismissal from successful projects seems to play a repeat role) suffice to say that he has built himself a reputation as the Francis Ford Coppola of animation... A genius of high standing who hasn't been allowed near a substantial budget since his days of equal parts folly and glory (and Nickelodeon then ran his Ren and Stimpy project into the ground).

He now writes a blog called all kinds of stuff, that uses his expert knowledge of the process of animation to dissect Golden Age cartoons and show the real mechanics of the form. This brings out a lot of information that wouldn't be at all obvious to the layman, and show in equal parts a passion for the ambition of the original form, and a love for the under-utilised potential that animation still has.

He's recently been on an incredibly hot streak of content, discussing virtuoso animators Bob Clampett and Tex Avery's use of what he calls "animation grammar" and I direct you his way with a few choice links:

1 comment:

Bibliolatrist said...

excellent post.