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Cans Without Labels
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More like Cartoons Without Jokes - RebelTaxi
Genre: Black comedy
Adult animation
Short
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 27, 2019
Created by: John Kricfalusi
Starring: Mike Pataki
Gabe Swarr
Eric Bauza
Eddie Fitzgerald


Cans Without Labels is a 2019 Kickstarter-funded 11-minute animated black comedy short film created by infamous Canadian animator John Kricfalusi that was in production for much of the 2010s. It features characters from his older work The God Damn George Liquor Program.

The short's constantly delayed production and Kricfalusi's failure to both meet his own deadline and repay all of the backers to his Kickstarter campaign used to fund it are generally discussed more than what little of the short itself was completed. The short's completion was finally announced in August 2017, but the finished short wasn't released until May of 2019, two years after it was scheduled to be completed, seven years after production started and eleven years after pre-production began.

Also, this was released a year after John K.´s sexual predatory behaviour came to light.

Plot

At lunchtime, George Liquor (American) gives out several cans to his nephews Ernie and Slab, stating that once they open them up, they have to eat whatever is inside of them. However, once they find a disembodied human face inside one of the cans, Liquor orders them to eat the face while he goes to the bathroom or else he will whip them with his belt. From this point forward, the short focuses on Ernie and Slab's frantic attempts to get rid of the face behind their uncle's back.

Why It Sucks

  1. The main problem with this short is that the animation throughout the short is subpar and way over-the-top as things move way too fast (especially the camera), despite being in development hell during almost all of the 2010s. In addition, several glaring animation errors were left in. The animation constantly changes from over the top cell animation to limited flash animation.
  2. Besides that, the plot of the short itself is also very disturbing, nasty and mean-spirited due to the subject matter involving George Liquor ordering his nephews to eat the face or else he'll spank them with his belt, which is considered cannibalism and abuse.
  3. The short also has shoddy voice acting. It seems like the actors all used different microphones. It also sounds like John K. spliced takes of Michael Pataki's original George Liquor recordings, particularly when George rants about how African babies would "kill for a nice face". This can be explained by Michael Pataki’s death in 2010 (there are even theories that John K. filled in for lines that Pataki died before recording).
  4. The art style is also unnecessarily gross and overly-detailed. It tries too hard to imitate the traditional John K.'s animation style, but fails due to the colors being crude, washed-out and the animation being over-the-top.
    • In fact, one of the few backgrounds was actually plagiarized from former The Ren & Stimpy Show artist Will Wray.
    • The George Liquor title card is blatantly recycled from “Man’s Best Friend”, the banned George Liquor episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show. It progressively gets blurrier as it zooms in, showing that the illustration was never edited for this new context.
  5. The titular cans in the short are animated in CGI, which is odd since John K. typically doesn't use nor like CGI (seasoned Toon Boom Harmony users know that the cans themselves are intended as reference models for the animators to trace over, which means that John K effectively asset-flipped generic assets).
  1. It even features John K.'s parody of Disney's Donald Duck character known as "Donald Bastard", that only existed due to his hatred of Disney just because they don’t have the same beliefs for animation as he does.
  2. The music constantly shifts every few seconds (the music in the short is merely APM production music from both SpongeBob SquarePants and The Ren and Stimpy Show) and the backgrounds also do the same.
  3. One scene is literally George Liquor taking a dump. There's another scene where you can see his butt. Yes, seriously.
  4. Another scene has Ernie and Slab ”touch tips”, a nod to a far more explicit scene from the infamous short What Pee Boners Are For. Due to Ernie and Slab being brothers, this is considered incest.
  5. In the opening credits, there is a credit that mentions that the short is "based on a true story", which is dubious.
  6. The camera moves so much that in the opening shot, to the point where George Liquor's mouth and nose noticeably shrink.
  7. Much like Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", scenes tend to drag on for way too long.
  8. On top of that, George Liquor was flanderized in this short from being a likable patriot who cares about his nephews to being very mean-spirited and abusive to them.
  9. It ended John Kricfalusi's career as an animator on a sour note.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Michael Pataki did a great job as George. Even though Pataki was dying of cancer, he still gave it his all in his final voice acting role.
  2. The awkward animation, voice acting, pacing, plot and dialogue can make for unintentional comedy, most notably the dialogue “EAT. THE. FUCKING...... FAAAAAACE!!!
  3. Ernie, Slab, and Cigarettes the Cat are the only likable characters in this short.
  4. Despite the same problem as stated above, the first few minutes were okay as it feels like a typical George Liquor cartoon.

Reception

  • The reception for the short was mostly negative, criticizing the animation, plot, humor and voice acting by Ren and Stimpy fans. Due to these reasons, it is considered to be the final nail in the coffin for Kricfalusi's career as he was already blacklisted from every studio he ever worked for and, with his reputation ruined after his history of pedophilia was revealed, the failure of this short ensured that Kricfalusi has become a disgraced animator.

Trivia

  • The DVD for the short contains an animatic for a cancelled Ren and Stimpy short planned to release alongside The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (or The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run depending on the source) as an Easter egg. Watch it here.
  • This short was dedicated to Mike, Mary Lou and Elizabeth Kricfalusi, alongside Michael Pataki, George Liquor's voice actor who passed away in 2010. Elizabeth's name was removed in the digital download version.
  • During the Kickstarter campaign, Kricfalusi hinted that he'd make a follow-up short staring another character from The God Damn George Liquor Program, Jimmy's underage girlfriend Sody Pop, if this one was successful. To date, the Sody Pop short has not been made, most likely due to the short's failure.
  • Before John Kricfalusi eventually uploaded the short himself on YouTube, he filed copyright claims on anyone who uploaded the short.
  • This was John Kricfalusi's final animated production before his retirement a year later.
  • On his early days, MRR mocked this short´s portrayal of George Liquor, specially with the whole can crap.

Videos

Full Short

Reviews

Comments


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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

22 months ago
Score 7
In my opinion, this short it isn't as bad as Naked Beach Frenzy and Stimpy's Pregnant.
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Rockman138

22 months ago
Score 6

I don't think kickstarter will ever go well, and neither did this short. If I was a cartoonist, I don't plan on making a kickstarter because kickstarters just don't work. They feel like live action movies based off cartoons, except they are just as worse ideas as I thought they were.

Whilst this kickstarter may not be as bad or as worse as Butch Hartman's awful and unforgiving OAXIS kickstarter, this one just took way too fucking long. And wow, $136,723? Is this really that much to make a cartoon? I don't blame anybody who was part of this back then, but it's lucky it didn't come off as a fucking scam not like that goddamn OAXIS thing-a-gummy nobody likes.

Oh, here is the hint. NOBODY LIKED THAT IDEA! "Cans Without Labels" would have been fine if things were updated or modified before being released. But no, it had to take like 10 or 9 or 7 years really long to get this released, so I don't know. It isn't worth watching again. But hey, at least it's a tad better than Ren & Stimpy's Adult Party Cartoon, I will give it that.
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Rockman138

20 months ago
Score 1
  • kickstarters, sorry.
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ItMeansNothing

22 months ago
Score 1
EAT THE FUCKING FACE!!!
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WolfDoge66

2 months ago
Score 0
NO!!!!
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ItMeansNothing

22 months ago
Score 1
This episode's idea is so stupid, even by reading the title you know it's gonna be stupid.
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Paprika

21 months ago
Score 2
Oh my God. I made the mistake of watching this short and now I am in dire need of a therapist.
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SonicClub

21 months ago
Score 2
This is awful.
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TheInterneto

21 months ago
Score 3
John K is not happy.
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Trevor807

21 months ago
Score 4

John K set impossibly high standards for other animators on his blog. He was a perfectionist to the point of cruelty and missed deadlines. This doesn’t meet either his own standards or his perfectionism.

John K. without restrictions is a bad thing.
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ItMeansNothing

20 months ago
Score 5

Eat the face in the can or else you will be snapped out of existence by George Liquros American.

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ItMeansNothing

20 months ago
Score 0
EaT THE fuckInG faCE
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Official-PSASD

18 months ago
Score 1
eat. the fucking. F̭̬͎ͣͣ̏ͣ̃ͦͥ͢͞A̧̛͎̠̺̭̍̿̐̌̈́̂̿̚͢C̞͖͆ͪ̽E̺͓̞̪̝̟͕ͭ͋!̡͚̙̝̙̮͙̞̳̞̄̈̏̚͠!̯̤͈͖̗̙͑̅ͯͣ̿̾̉ͅ!̤̣̈́ͫ̊
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Footsies

17 months ago
Score -5

EAT. THE. F*CKING. FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ItMeansNothing

17 months ago
Score 0
Stop copying and pasting, damn it.
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ItMeansNothing

17 months ago
Score 6

Eat the fricking face.

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Nihirichan

14 months ago
Score 1
This animation is borderline child abuse.
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Trevor807

14 months ago
Score 0
Because of what Ernie and Slab go through?
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Nihirichan

13 months ago
Score 0
To me, yes.
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EBadShows

14 months ago
Score 5
"Cans Without Labels, more like Cartoons Without Jokes." - Rebeltaxi, 2019
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ElectricMarioTheMiraheze

12 months ago
Score -1
eAt tHe fUcKiNg fAcE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Caulipower

9 months ago
Score -1
E A T T H E F U C K I N G F A C E !
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MrAnonymous

7 months ago
Score -1

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Animefanboy34

6 months ago
Score -1
EAT THE DAMN FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DearMaster6

5 months ago
Score -1
EAT THE *BLEEP* FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
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TouhouOtaku

3 months ago
Score -1
Eat the fucking.... FFFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCEEE!!!
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TheRandomMan12345

3 months ago
Score 0
how on earth was he not in jail
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Cwf1997

3 months ago
Score 0
The YTPs had better senses of humor.
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Sarah davis

2 months ago
Score 1

EAT THE FUCKING

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Ilikepizza

2 months ago
Score 1
Is the chat just gonna be filled with "EAT THE FUCKING FFFFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEE"?
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YouKonade

2 months ago
Score 0
Pretty much...
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NewAccountLOL

one month ago
Score 0
Wow. I remember constantly seeing this in my recommended when it was up on John's account. Didnt know it was this bad lmao
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MinionsPartners2000

one month ago
Score 0
Eating a face is gross, but threatening your kids to eat the face is so like mental abuse.
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Kya parker

one month ago
Score 0
HAS JOHN KRICFALUSI NIT LEARNED AFTER ADULT PARTY CARTOON??!! This guy still thinks he has a career in animation, when really, his harassment allegations were put into the spotlight!!! HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR PEDOPHILIA!!! I wouldn’t even be surprised if John Kricfalusi committee animal cruelty, ESPECIALLY towards panda bears!!! This is why Ami and Yumi (from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi) never gave respect to him!!! Even THEY fear Cans Without Labels!!
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BrutalFlare6

28 days ago
Score 0
"The Dames call it quality!" Yeah, right? (that was on the cover of this cartoon)
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TehGamerOne18

20 days ago
Score 1
If John K wasn’t a pedophille, I’d feel bad for him. He spent over a decade trying to make this short, only for it to flop and ruin his career entirely, but that is kinda due to him being a pedophille so I don’t feel bad for him at all
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Mr. Namless Thing?

13 days ago
Score 0
Jimmy the Idiot Boy makes no appearance in the short. Also, this is not a show, instead it was a short film

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