Chris Reccardi (November 24, 1964 - May 2, 2019) was an award-winning and Emmy-nominated animator and fine artist. Chris was a key player on The Ren & Stimpy Show as director, writer, designer and musician and has contributed to numerous other hit animated TV shows such as Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, Spongebob Squarepants as a writer, director, story artist and designer. Chris served as Producer and Creative director on Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and has created/co-created several TV pilots including the cult fav The Modifyers (Nickelodeon), Meddlen Meddows, and Imp, Inc.(Cartoon Network).
Chris’s fine art reflects a wide range of literary and visual influences, from classic Victorian/Edwardian-era science fiction to 1960’s & 70’s illustration and modern design. His story-driven fine art has attracted custom art installations for high-end clients such as Southern California’s highly successful sustainable restaurant franchise Tender Greens for their Pasadena (2011) Marina Del Rey (2013) and Westwood (2016) locations and Caesars Entertainment for their massive Linq High Roller project.
As a professional musician and composer, Chris Reccardi has contributed to numerous soundtrack projects as well as live/recording work with bands, fluently exchanging the roles of bassist, guitarist and composer. In 1990 he co-formed “Der Screamin’ Lederhsen”, the trio penned the Ren & Stimpy show title themes as well as various background music throughout the series. His original score for his 2007 pilot for Nickelodeon The Modifyers, added an extra dimension to the cult favorite cartoon. In 2012 Chris joined Elliot Easton (The Cars), Nick Walusko (Brian Wilson, Wondermints) and multi-instrumentalist Todd Jaeger as bassist/art director for Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods which combined the aesthetics of Exotica, 60’s sci-fi themes, and “Space Tiki” musical genres.