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‘Venom’ Star Tom Hardy Compares Marvel Antihero to ‘Ren and Stimpy’

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‘Venom’ Star Tom Hardy Compares Marvel Antihero to ‘Ren and Stimpy’
If the terrifyingly sharped-toothed and violent antihero Tom Hardy plays in “Venom” wasn’t enough to suggest the film would be insane, the actor told Entertainment Weekly that he drew from ’90s cult cartoon “Ren and Stimpy” when developing the character.

During an interview with the publication, Hardy said the duality of the role is what attracted him to the movie. “It’s a bit like Ren and Stimpy, you know?” the British actor told EW. “They have different sounds. I always saw Venom as sounding like a James Brown lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock is kind of … I don’t know, an everyday kind of guy. But he’s inherited this massive ego, this beast.

“There’s that biting-off-heads issue, which is not what you would expect from, say, Captain America taking down a crook,” he added.

Also Read: Latest 'Venom' Movie Trailer Surpasses 'Wonder Woman
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‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator Slammed for ‘Apology’ to Underage Girls

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‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator Slammed for ‘Apology’ to Underage Girls
John Kricfalusi, the creator of “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” has penned a lengthy statement on Facebook apologizing to two women whom he pursued sexually when they were underage girls and attributing his behavior to undiagnosed bipolar disorder and poor impulse control.

Kricfalusi, 62, was the subject of a BuzzFeed expose in March, in which the two women told how he had flattered them and pursued them while they were still in high school. Kricfalusi, better known as John K., had a sexual relationship with one of the women, Robyn Byrd, beginning when she was 16 and he was 41. The other, Katie Rice, said that Kricfalusi masturbated while on the phone with her when she was in 10th grade and sexually harassed her for years afterward.

On Facebook, Kricfalusi said he drafted his response around the time the article was first published, but was advised not to post it. He said he
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Creator Of “Ren & Stimpy” Accused Of Preying On Underage Girls Who Wanted Animation Careers

For all of the ’90s babies out there, we simply can’t forget all of the great television shows that were there to entertain us. Shows like Rugrats, Rocket Power, and Ren & Stimpy were often our go-to’s for a fit of giggles, and they bring back all of the nostalgia nowadays. Now, back to reality, we have been seeing many famous figures and celebrities who have been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior, and the next on the list is that of John Kricfalusi. If you don’t recognize the name, John Kricfalusi is the creator of “Ren & Stimpy”, and he

Creator Of “Ren & Stimpy” Accused Of Preying On Underage Girls Who Wanted Animation Careers
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‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator John Kricfalusi Accused Of Sexually Abusing Underage Girls

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Creator of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show, John Kricfalusi, has been accused by two women for making sexual advances towards them when they were still teenagers. Robyn Byrd told Buzzfeed that she was only 13-years-old when he started making sexual advances towards her. It started when she sent him a fan video about her dream to […]

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Women Raise Disturbing Allegations About ‘Ren & Stimpy Show’ Creator

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Two women say the creator of the Nickelodeon animated series The Ren & Stimpy Show preyed upon them when they were teenagers, cultivating relationships with them via AOL, engaging in sexually explicit conversations and, in the case of one, having a physical sexual relationship with her while she was still a minor.

The events took place years ago, however the women said the #MeToo movement and heightened awareness of sexual misconduct emboldened them to come forward to talk with BuzzFeed News about John Kricfalusi, who was fired from Nickelodeon in 1992, but remains a prominent figure in animation circles.

Nickelodeon declined comment, noting the alleged events, which began unfolding in 1994, took place after Kricfalusi left the network. The Paramount Network, which ran a reboot of the animated series, told BuzzFeed it has never received reports of sexual harassment against him. Similarly, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim said they were unaware of any sexual harassment claims.
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‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator John Kricfalusi Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 2 Women (Report)

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‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator John Kricfalusi Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 2 Women (Report)
John Kricfalusi, the creator of Nickelodeon’s “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” has been accused of sexual misconduct, statutory rape and child pornography in a new report by BuzzFeed News. In the report, Katie Rice and Robyn Byrd say that Kricfalusi pursued them sexually when they were teenagers. Byrd even became a live-in girlfriend. An attorney for Kricfalusi told BuzzFeed: “For a brief time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend.” Tony Mora — an art director at Warner Bros. at the time — and Warner Bros. producer Gabe Swarr, also told BuzzFeed that Kricfalusi had a reputation for harassing female...
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‘Happy Happy, Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story’ Chronicles One of the Oddest Cartoons Ever Made

‘Happy Happy, Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story’ Chronicles One of the Oddest Cartoons Ever Made
Looking back at the history of cartoons that Nickelodeon has brought to television over the years, by far the strangest and most perplexing is Ren and Stimpy. The animated series created by John Kricfalusi was part of Nickelodeon’s line-up when the network for kids was just taking off in the early 1990s, but if the […]

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Interview: Director Tom McGrath is Boss of ‘The Boss Baby’

Chicago – In one of the most natural pieces of voice casting in cartoon history, Alec Baldwin portrays the title character in Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby.” The director is animation veteran Tom McGrath (“Madagascar”), and the producer is Ramsey Ann Naito, and they were both in Chicago to promote the film.

The Boss Baby” is fast, loose, funny and full of heart. Based on a children’s book by Marla Frazee, the animated version combines baby brother jealousy with Mad Men-era business self help, in a crazy visual landscape. Alec Baldwin is at his “30 Rock” best as the Boss Baby, delivering lines like the parody of his famous movie quote, “cookies are for closers.” There are many layers in the film, but mostly it is a hilarious metaphor on how families adjust when new siblings are added to the mix.

Alec Baldwin is the Voice of ‘The Boss Baby,
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The ‘Dreamworks Face’ Must Be Stopped

Animated arched eyebrows are a plague on creativity.

“Do you feel the taunting power of my eyebrow?” Megamind asks, turning the Dreamworks aesthetic hallmark/crutch into an in-house referential joke. As you may have seen in your daily rounds of the internet, there’ve been various image mashups of animated Dreamworks characters making the same face. Sometimes contrasted against a narrator expounding upon the nuanced characters and profound stories typically found in competitor Pixar’s animated films, the smarmy smirk with one uplifted eyebrow has been dubbed the “Dreamworks Face.”

Even the Madagascar furry has the eyebrows permanently off-kilter.

The plucky underdog — here to slyly joke their way out of tricky situations — is a kid’s movie mainstay, cartoon or live-action. Kids don’t have any power so obviously they will relate to the cheeky anti-establishment type. This face is the easiest, laziest way to convey that character archetype. It’s a way to tell kids that
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Psychonauts, The Forgotten Children Review

Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children is a weird, brutal and lyrical Spanish animated film (with no connection to the Double Fine game of the same name) that feels like the mutant lovechild of Hayao Miyazaki and John Kricfalusi. Alberto Vazquez, adapting his own graphic novel with co-director Pedro Rivero, spins us a tale of cute child animals desperate to escape their nightmare island.

Any suspicions that this is for children vanish pretty quickly in the opening narration, which explains how Cute Animal Island industrialized itself and subsequently suffered a catastrophic nuclear meltdown. In an apocalypse scene reminiscent of Barefoot Gen, the mice workers are scorched into ashen skeletons by a wall of radioactive fire.

The aftermath is a warped world of trash and cruelty. A gigantic no-man’s land rubbish dump inhabited by desperate rats occupies half the island, the other half suffering under a violent police state. So, it’s
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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series

Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series
Twenty-five years ago Thursday, Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon. It's hard to believe, but just seven years prior, the network was a huge failure, operating at a $10 million loss in 1984. By 1985, they'd launched Nick at Nite; in 1988, the Kids' Choice Awards and Nick Jr.

So when the network opened Nickelodeon Studios within Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, all eyes were on them. And it didn't disappointment, launching three soon-to-be iconic original animated series – Rugrats, Doug and Ren & Stimpy – all on the same day: Aug. 11, 1991. Since the cruel passage of time is all that unites us these days,
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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series

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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series
Twenty-five years ago Thursday, Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon. It's hard to believe, but just seven years prior, the network was a huge failure, operating at a $10 million loss in 1984. By 1985, they'd launched Nick at Nite; in 1988, the Kids' Choice Awards and Nick Jr. So when the network opened Nickelodeon Studios within Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, all eyes were on them. And it didn't disappointment, launching three soon-to-be iconic original animated series - Rugrats, Doug and Ren & Stimpy - all on the same day: Aug. 11, 1991. Since the cruel passage of time is all that unites us these days,
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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series

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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series
Twenty-five years ago Thursday, Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon. It's hard to believe, but just seven years prior, the network was a huge failure, operating at a $10 million loss in 1984. By 1985, they'd launched Nick at Nite; in 1988, the Kids' Choice Awards and Nick Jr. So when the network opened Nickelodeon Studios within Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, all eyes were on them. And it didn't disappointment, launching three soon-to-be iconic original animated series - Rugrats, Doug and Ren & Stimpy - all on the same day: Aug. 11, 1991. Since the cruel passage of time is all that unites us these days,
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Votd: Watch ‘The Simpsons’ Disney Couch Gag from ‘Aladdin’ Animator Eric Goldberg

Votd: Watch ‘The Simpsons’ Disney Couch Gag from ‘Aladdin’ Animator Eric Goldberg
Over the past two years, The Simpsons really seemed to have upped their game when it comes to delivering unique and bold iterations of their ongoing couch gag in the opening credits. Last year’s couch gags included a tribute to Rick and Morty and an opening from Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. Plus, back […]

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Get Ready for The Boss by Celebrating That Other Girl Scout Classic Troop Beverly Hills

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Get Ready for The Boss by Celebrating That Other Girl Scout Classic Troop Beverly Hills
Melissa McCarthy's new comedy, The Boss, arrives in theaters on Friday. Given McCarthy's string of box office successes, the movie seems primed to be a hit. And we're stoked too, but the premise of the film has us recalling another female-led comedy: The 1989 Shelley Long cult hit Troop Beverly Hills. Both films focus on women of means who enjoy living the high life but who have also been humbled in some way - The Boss's Michelle Darnell being sent to prison, and Troop's Phyllis Nefler facing an impending divorce. And both protagonists turn to the Girl Scouts (or
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The Simpsons: are the couch gags the only things left worth watching?

With his grisly opening sequence for Treehouse of Horror Xxvi, Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi is the latest in an inspired selection of guests to provide new intros for the long-running cartoon

No one seems that bothered by celebrity guests on The Simpsons these days. This year alone, even the presence of such luminaries as Pharrell Williams, Elon Musk and most of the cast of Girls have barely been deemed newsworthy or surprising enough to shake viewers or press out of their blank-eyed conviction that the show is “not as good as it used to be.”

But there is one element of the show that’s reversing that downward trend; the guest directors, animators and artists like Banksy who have been given free reign to tackle the couch gag or title sequence that starts every episode. These welcome interlopers deliver a dollop of personality, a variation on the show’s limited animation and artwork style,
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Watch the John Kricfalusi-created Simpsons couch gag for ‘Treehouse of Horror Xxvi’

Over the years, as the Simpsons have grown in popularity and critical acclaim, the show’s couch gags have taken on a life of their own. Running independent of the episodes, and not beholden to any kind of continuity, the couch gags have become a place for numerous individuals to put their own stamp on the Simpsons series, becoming a fertile ground for several reputed artists and animators in the process. With individuals such as Banksy, Guillermo Del Toro, and Justin Roiland leaving their mark previously, last night’s Simpsons episode saw a new entry in the form of John Kricfalusi.

Kricfalusi himself is no stranger to animation, having worked as a writer and character designer on several shows, most notably his own creation Ren and Stimpy, which followed his work on The Jetsons and Fat Albert. Kricfalusi’s couch gag can be seen below.

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Poster and Clips For The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror Xxvi

The Simpsons will be back with another Treehouse of Horror Halloween special, and I hope it’s good. I haven’t been impressed with some of the more recent Treehouse of Horror specials; they just haven't been as good as they used to be. Today, we have a poster and two clips from the upcoming episode to share with you.

The poster features Sideshow Bob celebrating the death of Bart while holding his corpse, and meanwhile Milhouse and Lisa seem to have obtained superpower from radiation from a meteorite that hits Earth. Homer is also terrorizing Springfield as Homerzilla. Here’s the description that came along with the poster:

“In the annual fright fest Halloween episode, Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart, only to reanimate him; Homer wakes up with short-term memory loss; and Lisa, Bart and Milhouse get super powers from radiation.”

Treehouse of Horror Xxvi will also include a
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‘The Simpsons’ Gets Another Trippy Couch Gag from ‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator John Kricfalusi

‘The Simpsons’ Gets Another Trippy Couch Gag from ‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator John Kricfalusi
One of the staples of The Simpsons has always been the couch gag that happens at the end of the opening title sequence to the long-running animated show. In more recent years, the gags have gotten even more complex, with producers bringing in other trademark animators or paying tribute to other cartoons to liven things […]

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Watch 'Ren and Stimpy' Creator's Creepy 'Simpsons' Halloween Couch Gag

Watch 'Ren and Stimpy' Creator's Creepy 'Simpsons' Halloween Couch Gag
The Simpsons have outsourced the couch gag for this year's 26th annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode to Ren and Stimpy creator, John Kricfalusi, who delivered a delightfully grotesque and eerie segment.

Kricfalusi previously drew a couch gag for the show in 2011, and while his renderings of the beloved yellow family are as surreal as ever, this time he was given space to tell a fittingly creepy Halloween tale. The prolonged gag opens with Bart, Lisa and Maggie strolling through a graveyard while trick-or-treating and awakening a vile beast sleeping beneath
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