Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Dad!

Well there's my Dad in a rare calm and relaxed pose in his beautiful back yard. You should see all the great flower beds he creates!
Anyway, all you diehard Spumco fans owe a lot to my Dad (as I do). he is one of my biggest cartoon inspirations and his spirit and personality crawl all over my cartoons.

He's in Visit To Anthony.
He is a big influence on the character of George Liquor.

George and my Dad believe strongly in discipline and order and rules.(Especially their own!)
"When you bring home the bacon, then YOU can make the rules!"
"As long as you're in my house, it's MYYYY rules!"

Nothing makes them more crazy than when someone bucks the established order. I think this instilled in me a great disrespect for authority, but at the same time inspired a great reverence for the entertainment value of authority figures. Maybe that's why I think Ranger Smith is as big as star as Yogi Bear. I find rulemaking and the urge to make rules even where none are needed hilarious.

It must have driven Dad crazy to raise a cartoonist who never took anything important seriously.Dad is like the Canadian version of George Liquor. We don't have Republicans in Canada, but we have something quite like them. My Dad is every fish's worst enemy.

I have written some stories where George goes to Canada and hangs out with my Dad at his cottage. They are very much alike and both hate hippies, the Beatles and wimps, but their differences are much more important to them and it just takes a couple beers to get them beating the crap out of each other like real men.
Here is our relationship to this day. Does your relationship with your Dad ever change?
My Dad is such an entertaining character that I had him do voices in some of my cartoons. Here he plays Ren's Dad. There are scenes in the cartoon actually from my childhood. I kind of combined my Dad with his Dad. My Grandfather was a Ukrainian Orthodox priest and even more strict than Dad, if that's possible! Grandpa was real nice to me though- except that he always kissed me on the mouth and ripped my face off with his stubble whenever we visited.

Dad also plays the part of the freeway cop in Stimpy's Pregnant.



I think the reason why I love Kirk Douglas so much is that I recognize the intensely emotional manliness of my own Dad in him. Watch Detective story and see what I witnessed every day growing up. A manly guy with a soft heart that was constantly torn between rigid laws and extreme emotions that boiled beneath the surface and every once n a while exploded out of control.

The fire chief in the original Firedogs is half my Dad, half Ralph Bakshi. "I've had it up to heeeeere with the likes of you!" I saw my Dad whack the underside of his chin like that every time I did something stupid (which was every day!)

My Mom is also a great influence on me but in the opposite way. She is the calm, logical member of the family. She can reason situations out and is analytic about everything. That's probably where I got it from-where all my manuals and my thirst for explanation of complex ideas came from.

My Dad is the fiery emotional one and I inherited that too.

Anyway if you love the characters he inspired, please wish my old man a Happy Ass Birthday and tons more! His name is Mike and he can still kick your ass.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Love,

John

57 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

This is such a sweet post John! You're such a nice son!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!!!

I hope you get Strawberry cake!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

That's extremely moving, John! It's eay to see that you love your Dad in spite of the need you felt to rebel against him. I met him once and was very impressed!

Ryan G. said...

Hey! Happy birthday Mike! Thanks for inspiring John to create some of the most memorable moments in cartoon history. Show no mercy to those large mouth bass!

Ape Lad said...

Today (the 29th) is Ralph Bakshi's birthday too!

diego cumplido said...

birthday?? the same day of Ralph Bakshi's birthday??..

Interesting.

A nice day to be born.

Charlie J. said...

Happy birthday, Mike! The story about John and the tooth fairy and the decapitated horse head cracks me up to this day.

Sketch said...

That's a real moving post. I'm glad that you inherited your dad's fire and vigor. Also, a great flower bed if I might add. I wish your father a happy birthday and many more. Oh yeah, if it's Ralph Bakshi's birthday then a shout out for him too.

lastangelman said...

Happy Ass Birthday Mister Mike K! Don't take any crap from those wiseass commie hippie pinko fag wide-mouth basses. Give 'em discipline!

Raff said...

Best birthday wishes, and this must be said....

Boy does youth ever run in the family! How do you guys do it?

crazyharmke said...

Happy birthday,
Happy birthday,
Happy happy birthday to Johns Dad!

Roberto said...

Happy birthday, Mike K.! Nice garden you have, by the way. Don't let those stupid hippies get to ya.

Art F. said...

Happy Birthday Mike!!!! May you have many more!

Thank you for everything you've done to try and discipline John. You've raised a manly-man among men!

Marc Deckter said...

Happy Birthday, Mike! Thanks for inspiring so many great cartoons!

Paulr said...

Happy Birthday Mike!!

John your dad is such a great guy... too good meeting him recently.. can see all the connections, ..George shines thru! ... and think you're right, that relationship never changes..

Jorge Garrido said...

Hot diggity, he hates The Beatles? He sounds like a man after my own heart, and a great judge of character.

Happy Brithday, SIR!

Jorge Garrido said...

By the way, does your Dad mind being called anything other than his Christian name by people younger than him? Like the old cop from "In The Heat Of The Night" novel?

akira said...

Happy birthday, Sir!

Thank you so much for the great characters you both inspired and procreated! You have performed a vital service for humanity!

Vincent Waller said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr Kricfalusi!

wsasc4 said...

This is such a cool post. I'm so glad you and your Dad have such an unconditional relationship! It makes me envious, but I really love it. Thanks for sharing with us!

wsasc4 said...

I forgot to add Happy Birthday Mike!
(I swear you're not an afterthought and don't kick my butt please!)

Tim said...

Happy birthday Mike, and thanks for being an awesome inspiration.

Zam3d said...

Sigmeund Freud: At last we found the source of what drives your conduct, Mr. Krifalucci....




Seriously, that explains sooooo much things in your cartoons.....

Ironhorse said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE!

I'm straight as an arrow but I'd gleefully accept some many discipline from you. I won't be satisfied until you've raised enough welts on me to keep me out of chairs for a month.

Chip Butty said...

Here's to your dad and all REAL men, may they once again thrive! We need dads like him!

dibujador said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr Kricfalusi!

John, I discovered your blog recently, and I´m learning a lot, thank you.

Oliver_A said...

Happy birthday from Germany, Mike!

murrayb said...

Happy belated birthday Mike!
Mike was the one to introduce us to Steffi and was a big help in getting her over here from germany. He's a very gracious, generous guy.

We went over for coffee and twinkies during the ottawa festival, what swell folks you have.
He even drove us to the airport and played us some great Hank williams tunes in his boat of a car. "See know John hated western music, he wanted to play 'heavy metal' with his friends. Now, he likes western music." heheh..

Mike had a couple funny Ralph stories too.

The coolest thing were all the cels and drawings from bighouse blues, mighty mouse and harlem shuffle, not to mention the great old toys. Geez, you guys could do an exibit!

MitchLoidolt said...

mmm!

Framboise!

That cake looks gorgeous and inviting.

Happy Birthday ~

Taber said...

Happy happy birthday Mr. Mike sir! Thanks for raising your boy they way you did!

flashcartoons said...

After reading your post before about Detective Story i picked it up and watched it twice. I was wondering when they were in the back of the paddy wagon what technology did they use cause it looked sorta like the start of green screen effects, but i think it was a projector just projecting driving in the streets. Or did they really tape that in the back of the paddy wagon while driving. hmm

It was a great movie and really cool to know about how your characters came to be.

Anyway sorry for the ramblings, happy bday to your dad!

Trevour said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE K.!!! Your birthday's only a day after mine, but I bet it could whoop my birthday into the last decade!

Chris S. said...

HAPPY B-DAY, MIKE K.!

That was a really nice post, John. Dad's are THE BEST inspiration, for sure.

My Dad was a drinkin' smokin' tattooed, purple heart/bronze star medaled Vietnam vet, high school football champ, with a knife scarred back, four divorces and the nickname of "Butch."

I was a sports-hating, asthmatic, cartoon-drawing, tap dancing kid, with a super hero alter-ego that flew around our house "fighting crimes" with pillowcase capes and a motorcycle helmet.

Yet, somehow, the similarities outweighed the differences. People still say "you're just like your father." Go figure.

Peggy said...

Wow, your Dad's a lot less scary in photos than he is in your drawings!

Happy birthday, Mike.

PCUnfunny said...

Happy birthday Mr. K ! Thanks for raising that screwy kid ! Oh by the way sir, I recently came across that story about you and that hippie that slapped you in the behind. He didn't even fight back !? God, even I am not that whimpy. Again, happy birthday !

PCUnfunny said...

Oh and one last thing, God bless you for raising your son Mr.K. You were man enough to do the job unlike my own father. Just needed to say that.

Bruce said...

I wish your father the best of wishes, chief. He seems like a cool guy to be around with.

One of my teachers at the animation program at Capilano College (he animated the "Father & son" scenes in "Ren Seeks Help") had told me a number of interesting stories about your childhood.

One such tale was when you were a nerdy pre-teen, obsessed with decoding the secret of animation. Once you got the hang of drawing the Hanna-Barbera characters, you would have started writing stories about them, even doing storyboards with the characters; without knowing what a storyboard was. Then you would get really nerdy and wrote up illustrated biographies of each character, eventually starting to invent your own characters and writing stories about them. It would be great if you told us some more stories about your childhood, when you were growing up in Ottawa.

"Dad is like the Canadian version of George Liquor. We don't have Republicans in Canada, but we have something quite like them."

Progressive Conservatives would be the closest thing Canada has to a Republican, in case if your interested, John.

Here are some other fun members of Parliament to satirize:

Liberals (liberal Democrats)

National Democratic Party(Communists)

Green Party (Communists riding bicycles)

Bloc de Qu├ębec (Imagine a group of Texans who want to separate and form their own country, but have somehow convinced the Federal government to allow them to have their own party and serve on a national level. Seriously!)

Once again, I wish your father a very Happy Birthday, and hope he enjoys some of that delicious strawberry cake.

Later

From an inspiring cartoonist/ artist

Bruce



P.S. Did you enjoy my Terrytoons post, John?

Bruce

NextGen (Hector) said...

Happy Birthday Sir! You gave us John K and for that you rock! :-)

Kali Fontecchio said...

"One such tale was when you were a nerdy pre-teen, obsessed with decoding the secret of animation. "

That's everyone on this-here blog's experience too! Ha!

lastangelman said...

PCUnfunny said...

Oh and one last thing, God bless you for raising your son Mr.K. You were man enough to do the job unlike my own father. Just needed to say that.

????????
Why would your own father need to raise John K when he had his hands full raising you????

;op

Shawn said...

Happy Birthday, Mike K!

Thanks for using your man parts to create the world's greatest cartoonist. We all owe you one!

Callum said...

I sincerely hope you have a joyous Birthday, Mr. Mike K.

Mitch Leeuwe said...

Happy birthday Mike!
We owe allot to you, thanks!

Party!!!!!! Woohooo!

*I recognize allot of things you name in my own father (in a crazy dutch way maybe ;)). Fun to know where the inspiration from that characters came from.

Nico said...

Have a good one, MIKE K!!!

(John! You recommended Detective Story to me and I finally watched it a couple weeks ago! Amazing film, and i can completely see why it's one of your favorites!)

Bitter Animator said...

You go Mr.K senior! Happy Birthday!

Bleego! said...

Happy Birthday, Daddy K! Hope it's a goodn'.

JoJo said...

Happy Birthday Mike!

Best wishes!

Mr. Semaj said...

Happy Birthday, John K's dad!

capcom said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Mike! XO

And what a great tribute post to your dad. :-)

Adam said...

*sniffle* I'm giving my dad a call.

Happy Birthday Mike Kricfalusi. Thanks for whupping the pussy out of John. And thank you John for sublimating your strict upbringing into solid gold entertainment. You're both good men.

Chris Rank said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! JOY JOY JOY!
Happy Birthday to a dad that sounds like mine...

pappy d said...

Happy birthday, Mr. K! You can have Horseshoe Falls back now. Best wishes for many happy returns of the day.

Whit said...

So THAT'S why that other guy bullying Petey Pate in the prison scene from "Night on Bald Pate" wears a "Mike" armband.

Kristen McCabe said...

Happy Birthday to the Manlyest of the Manly-Men: Mike Kricfalusi!

Happy Birthday! That cake looks Yummy!

Hammerson said...

That was a wonderful tribute to a great man.
Happy belated Birthday, mr. Mike Kricfalusi! Thanks for creating the greatest cartoonist of our time! :)

warren said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Kricfalusi!

I had to laugh at John's stories about tough ol' you and then here you'd come into the Ottawa studio with a tub of ice cream for us schmoes. Of course, you'd still beat the crap out of most of us. Except maybe Jose. (What am I sayin? Him too .)

amir avni said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Kricfalusi, you've got plenty to be proud of! And that makes the day sweeter than the icing on the cake.

Mathieu said...

Happy birthday Mike!!!