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An In-Person Tribute to Animator John Kricfalusi at The American Cinematheque

September 7 - 8, 2004,
8 pm for both screenings
The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood welcomes animator John Kricfalusi for a special two-night tribute.

The first night is a retrospective of Kricfalusi’s work, including an uncensored episode of Bakshi’s "Mighty Mouse," "Boo Boo Runs Wild," commercials, webtoons and some brand-new, no-holds-barred "Ren and Stimpy" cartoons with NAKED GIRLS made for Spike TV. This will be followed by a question and answer period… and you will meet some of John’s co-horts. Also you will see the birth of Ren and Stimpy’s first child in "Stimpy’s Pregnant" - !

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The second night, Kricfalusi presents the classic cartoons that inspired him. He'll discuss cartoon masters such as Clampett, the Fleischers, Jones, Avery, Lantz and Terrytoons. John will introduce the films and tell how they inspired him. Followed by question and answer period

Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Programmers at American Cinematheque say "John Kricfalusi is the animated cartoon’s modern pioneer. With his landmark 1991 TV series "Ren & Stimpy," featuring the demented, wildly anti-social and hilariously inappropriate antics of the two title characters, Canadian-born animator John Kricfalusi (b. 1955) kicked modern cartooning in its underpants, starting a myriad of trends: the gross-out subversive cartoon ("Beavis and Butthead," "South Park"), the thick-lined flat retro cartoon ("Dexter’s Lab," "Fairly Odd Parents," etc.), the caricatured revival of classic characters cartoon ("Boo Boo Runs Wild," "The Flintstones On The Rocks").

After revolutionizing TV cartoons, Kricfalusi followed up by inventing internet cartoons in 1996 with "The Goddamn George Liquor Program" and developed the techniques for Flash animation that are used at practically every studio today."