Going to beat the record of the Robert E. Lee
- Feb 15, 2015
I put some quotes from that in this post:
It is a rather interesting look into his psyche.How George Liquor was thought up -
"Around 1980, Bob Jaques and I were driving down Van Nuys Boulevard, when I saw something that made me scream, “Stop! Stop! Pull over Bob!” Bob screeched to a stop in front of a tiny liquor store that had a huge neon sign that read, “GEORGE LIQUOR.” Not “George’s Liquor”—just George Liquor. In that instant, a picture appeared in my head of this bug-eyed drunken Republican with a shotgun looking for something to kill in the wilderness. As soon as I got home I drew up the image. This was the only time a character appeared as a full-blown developed personality and design in my head. I knew everything about this guy, and added him to the Ren and Stimpy stories I had started developing."
What exactly George and Jimmy's relationship is -
"Now that I had George back, he was a lonely character. He no longer had Ren and Stimpy to play against. I thought about “Wilderness Adventure,” the Jimmy story I had pitched to Gerry Laybourne and the Nickelodeon execs. In that story, Jimmy’s dad is a Kirk Douglas character, much like my own dad, and I realized George would fit right into the dad role from the Jimmy stories. I put them together and built a world of situations and characters around them.
George is a hard man, and he also loves hard. He has recently lost his beloved wife Mabel and is taking it poorly, when from out of the blue, the Lord sends him a helpless idiot to share his love with. Jimmy comes crashing into George’s front door on a mangled tricycle and God’s rays beam down upon him. George drops to his knees, and with tears in his eyes, thanks the Lord for sending him someone to share his swollen heart with. Jimmy is the perfect creature for a man like George to love because he will obey him unquestioningly—a malleable idiot. He won’t talk back or become a dirty hippie or Communist. While the rest of the world decays around George, he has at least one person he can mold and raise into an honest, decent, rule-loving American."
The genesis of Jimmy the Idiot Boy -
"Jimmy the Idiot Boy was originally pretty simple. Well, he still is. Sometimes I call him “Jimmy the Lovable Simpleton.” I based some of his antics on actual retarded people I knew growing up. He foams at the sides of his mouth, gets “retard strength” when aggravated, and chases pretty girls and has to be torn off of them. Unlike George, who could really exist, Jimmy is a pure cartoon character. He is impossible and has magic abilities, not unlike Stimpy. Jimmy, who was based on a caricature I did at the racetrack, originated in the early-1980s, first as a sidekick to Brik Blastoff of the Outback, and later as a sidekick to another early character, Mildman. Eventually, I redrew him minus the huge chin, and this even funnier looking version was called “Jimmy the Idiot Boy.” His basic trait was that he constantly hurt himself doing the simplest things, and I wrote many gags and scenarios using this concept."
One interesting bit about the big celebrities he met with in the mid-90s:
"My producer at the time, Libby Simon, set up meetings with lots of people after the Nickelodeon breakup: Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna's people, producer Joel Silver, John Hughes, Tom Waits, and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash among many others."
He also talks a bit about how he was a big fan of UFC before it was cool.