Kricfalusi’s back with ‘Yogi’ spec

It’s finally official: John Kricfalusi, the quirky creator of Nickelodeon’s “The Ren & Stimpy Show” who had a falling out with that network early in the show’s run, will be back on the air with his first post-“R&S” project: an offbeat Cartoon Network special featuring the Hanna-Barbera characters Yogi Bear, Boo Boo and Ranger Smith.

There had been reports that the notoriously uncontrollable Kricfalusi was up to his old tricks and had gone so far in warping Yogi et. al. that his creation was unairable.

Not true, said Cartoon Network programming chief Mike Lazzo of the Kricfalusi-produced half-hour that’s skedded to air sometime in the latter half of 1998.

“We really didn’t have to rein in John all that much,” Lazzo insisted. “Occasionally we’d tell him, ‘Lose this one, lose that one.’ ”

One that Kricfalusi had to lose: Ranger Smith pokes his head into a creek and sees a couple of fish “making out” on the rocks, Lazzo recalled. “We just had John uncouple the fish, and everything was fine.”

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