John K gets animated
by Adam Finley, posted Jan 6th 2006 10:00AM
I was a huge fan of Bob Clampett long before I even knew who Bob Clampett was. He was the creator of many of Warner Brother's most popular characters, including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. I found out who he was later when my local video store had copies of his "Beany and Cecil" cartoon series from the late fifties and early sixties. Clampett was with Warner Brothers in the early days, and if you watch his old Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, they have a frenzied style and distortion to them that later became a huge influence on the likes of John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy. Amid Amidi found an interview with John K on the CBC Television site, in which John K (a Flash-animated version anyway) talks about why the 70s and 80s were a horrible time for cartoons, and why Bob Clampett was one of the best animators to ever work in the business. Amidi, rightly so, points out that it's more than a little ironic to watch a poorly-drawn John K lamenting over the fact that no one can draw anymore. I would add that this lack of "craft" has also spilled over into other mediums, like comic strips.