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Craig McCracken

(1971-03-31) March 31, 1971 (age 52)
Occupation Animator, writer, producer, director, storyboard artist
Years active 1990–present
Known for
(m. 2004)
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Craig McCracken (born March 31, 1971) is an American animator, writer, producer, director, storyboard artist, and designer known for creating the Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney Channel and Disney XD's Wander Over Yonder and Netflix's Kid Cosmic.

Regarded as "one of the most successful creators of episodic comedy cartoons",' his style was "at the forefront of a second wave of innovative, creator-driven television animation" in the 1990s, along with that of other animators such as Genndy Tartakovsky, and has been credited as "a staple of American modern animated television".

Early life and education

McCracken was born March 31, 1971, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. He began drawing at an early age. He attended California High School in Whittier, California and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he met his friend and future collaborator, Genndy Tartakovsky. During his first year, he created a series of short cartoons featuring a character named No Neck Joe, which were picked up by Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. While at CalArts, he also created a short entitled Whoopass Stew!, which would later become the basis for The Powerpuff Girls. McCracken married animator Lauren Faust on March 13, 2004. Faust took maternity leave in mid-2016 to take care of their newborn daughter.


Craig McCracken, 34th Annual Annie Awards (2007)
Holding the Annie Award for Best Animated TV Production won by Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends in 2007.

In 1993, McCracken was hired by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as an art director on the Turner Broadcasting System series 2 Stupid Dogs, alongside Tartakovsky. As his first job in the animation industry, he was "never really happy with how that [show] worked". While McCracken was at Hanna-Barbera, studio president Fred Seibert began a new project: an animation incubator consisting of 48 new cartoons running approximately seven minutes each. Dubbed What a Cartoon!, it motivated McCracken to further develop his Whoopass Girls! creation. ..... His new pilot, "The Powerpuff Girls in: Meat Fuzzy Lumkins", premiered on February 20, 1995, on Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons-In, and a second short, "Crime 101", followed on January 28, 1996. The first short to be picked up by the network was Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory, which McCracken would contribute to in early seasons. McCracken's Powerpuff was the fourth cartoon to be greenlit a full series, which premiered on November 18, 1998, with the final episode airing on March 25, 2005. The show has won Emmy and Annie awards. In 2002, McCracken directed The Powerpuff Girls Movie, a prequel to his series. The film received generally positive reviews but was a box office failure.

McCracken left The Powerpuff Girls after four seasons, focusing on his next project, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It premiered with the 90-minute television special "House of Bloo's" on August 13, 2004, on Cartoon Network. He developed the series with wife Lauren Faust and Mike Moon. The show ran for six seasons, all directed by McCracken, and concluded on May 3, 2009. It also won Emmy and Annie awards.

In April 2008, he became executive producer of a new Cartoon Network showcase project called The Cartoonstitute. After 17 years of employment, he resigned from Cartoon Network since its founding in 1992, which had shifted its focus to live-action and reality shows. He created Wander Over Yonder for Disney Television Animation and Disney Channel in August 2013. After Wander Over Yonder was cancelled, McCracken pitched a show to Disney, which was based on his 2009 comic strip The Kid from Planet Earth. Disney ultimately passed on the project, and he eventually left the company in 2017. He then pitched the show to Netflix who proceeded to greenlight it under the new name of Kid Cosmic, the show premiered on February 2, 2021 and ended on February 3, 2022. This show is the first of McCracken's original works to have a serialized format and his return to the superhero genre since The Powerpuff Girls. He pitched 10 projects to Netflix in August 2021, but eventually left by April 2022 due to mass layoffs at Netflix Animation.

On July 18, 2022, it was announced that McCracken would return to the Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends in the form of two reboots at Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. Foster's Home will take form in a pre-school reboot.


Year Title Role
1991 No Neck Joe Creator, director, writer, and animator (made in 1990, copyright date 1991)
1992 Whoopass Stew! Creator, director, writer, and animator
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip Story
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie Creator, director, story, writer, executive producer, storyboard artist, character designer, and character layout
2009 The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! Creator, Writer, Story, director, executive producer, story editor, storyboard artist, and character designer
Year Title Role
1993–1995 2 Stupid Dogs Art director
1995 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself (Episode: "President's Day Nightmare")
1995–1997 What a Cartoon! Writer, director, and art director
1995–1996 Dumb and Dumber Character designer
1996–2003 Dexter's Laboratory Director, art director, model designer, and storyboard artist
1998–2005 The Powerpuff Girls Creator, story, executive producer, writer, storyboard artist, recording director, and director (1998-2002; 2008)
2004–2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Creator, executive producer, art director, character designer, developer, story, writer, storyboard artist, director, and story editor
2007 Diggs Tailwagger: Galactic Rover Executive creative consultant
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2008 Uncle Grandpa Executive producer (Episode: "Pilot")
2009 Chowder Story and storyboard artist (Episode: "The Birthday Suits")
Regular Show Executive producer (Episode: "Pilot")
2013–2016 Wander Over Yonder Creator, writer, storyboard artist (2013), director (2013), story, character designer, executive producer, and additional voices
2021–2022 Kid Cosmic Creator, executive producer, story, writer, storyboard artist, character designer, director

See also

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