Friday, July 14, 2006

Happy Happy Joy Joy Redux

This was a real treat. For my latest article for LA Alternative, "Happy Happy Joy Joy Redux," I interviewed John Kricfalusi (aka John K.), the creator of Ren and Stimpy. John K. has a new DVD, Ren and Stimpy: The Lost Episodes, coming out on July 18, so it was a great opportunity to ask him about his creations, his influences, and his thoughts on the current state of animation.

Here's a tease:

“There’s no such thing as a writer-driven cartoon,” says Kricfalusi. “There’s only the non-artist-driven cartoon. The big misconception about animation is that if it’s drawn poorly then it must be written well. And I say ‘no.’ It’s written poorly and it’s drawn poorly. [Cartoons] are a visual storytelling medium.”

Image: A still from "Ren Seeks Help" from the new Ren and Stimpy: The Lost Episodes DVD.

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