[ART] Spümcø / John K style! INFLUENCE

Spümcø Inc. is an animation company that lead to the creation of 90s show Ren and Stimpy.  The show’s creator John Kricfalusi /ˌkrɪsfəˈluːsi/ (better known as John K) gave us this  detailed, comical and insanely grotesque art style.  


Ren from Ren and Stimpy

Changing animation forever, the Spümcø / John K style needs a bit appreciation for what it’s done.  So here’s some examples to show how this art style has inspired some of the most well-known cartoons when they want to emphasize a moment of total bizarreness. 


Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob // Squidward // Spongebob // Mr Krabs

Adventure Time

Finn // clown nurse // Finn // Ricardio

Star vs the Forces of Evil

Ludo // Marco Diaz // Star Butterfly // Marco Diaz

Steven Universe

Yellow Diamond // Steven U. // Amethyst // Steven U.

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Principal Goodvibes // Billy // Mandy // Billy

The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

Captain K’nuckles // Flapjack // Captain K’nuckles // Captain K’nuckles


Sanjay and Craig

Craig // Sanjay // Sanjay // Craig

Honorable Mentions

Teen Titans Go! // Gravity Falls // The Amazing World of Gumball // Courage the Cowardly Dog // The Misadventures of Flapjack // Catdog // Billy and Mandy // Fairly Odd Parents // Fairly Odd Parents

Things to Note about the John K. Stylistic Influence in Cartoons

  • usually a close-up on one character’s face
  • extra lines around the mouth and chin
  • eyes of the character are not typical for that character (usually extremely expressive)
  • certain facial features (like hair and/or teeth) are detailed / more pronounced
  • the animation with the John K art style is notably different from the rest of the animation in the show
  • lasts for only a few seconds at most
  • gives the impression of intense strain/stress
  • usually accompanied by what is considered to be unhygienic bodily functions (such as snot, tooth decay, sweat, etc.)
  • if it’s likely for the character to have facial hair but does not regularly appear to have it, stubble/scruff shows up in these moments

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