He’s sketched blue-lipped mud-skippers and manic Chihuahuas, but John Kricfalusi says he’s never seen a mouth quite like Miley Cyrus’. “I met her at the Chateau Marmont and sat there for hours trying to get a handle on it. It does 140 different things at the same time,” says the cartoonist, who was hired to direct the opening video for the Bangerz Tour. “And her profile is nothing like how she looks head on.” Challenges aside, Kricfalusi says they were a perfect match. “She reminds me of Boo-Boo Bear from Yogi Bear. I rarely do humans, but she’s made to be a cartoon character. Look at where she comes from — Disney.”
The suggestion to bring on Kricfalusi came from tour costume designer Lisa Katnic, a “Ren & Stimpy” fan. “I loved his Bjork video for ‘Miss You,’ ” she says. As for Kricfalusi, he has more videos in mind for his new muse. “I had this idea of having her tongue come out and dance with the animals,” he says, referring to the plushie-clad dancers. A twerking tongue? It could happen.