Craig McCracken

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Craig McCracken
McCracken on January 11, 2012
Born (1971-03-31) March 31, 1971 (age 43)
Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Director, writer, cartoonist, producer
Years active 1990–present
Known for The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder
Spouse(s) Lauren Faust

Craig McCracken (born March 31, 1971) is an American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for Cartoon Network, as well as writing and storyboarding for Dexter's Laboratory. His newest series, Wander Over Yonder, premiered on Disney Channel on August 16, 2013. He has been married to fellow animator Lauren Faust since 2004.[1]

Personal life[edit]

McCracken got involved in drawing at an early age. After he graduated from California High School in Whittier, California, he attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he honed his animation skills and met his classmate Genndy Tartakovsky, with whom he would occasionally collaborate throughout his career. 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.


In 1993, McCracken was tapped by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to be an art director on the Turner Broadcasting System series 2 Stupid Dogs, where he would also work with Tartakovsky. While 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, renaming it The Powerpuff Girls in the process. His new pilot, "The Powerpuff Girls in: Meat Fuzzy Lumkins", premiered on February 20, 1995, on Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toon-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. The show soon became a hit and has won both Emmy[2] and Annie[3] awards. In 2002 McCracken directed The Powerpuff Girls Movie, a prequel to his series, but it did worse than expected at the box office.

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. The show ran for six seasons, all directed by McCracken, and concluded on May 3, 2009. It also won Emmy[4] and Annie[5] awards.

In April 2008, he became executive producer of a new Cartoon Network showcase project called The Cartoonstitute. After 15 years of employment, he quit his job at Cartoon Network and created Wander Over Yonder of Disney Channel for Disney Television Animation in 2013.


Year Title Role
1992 Whoopass Stew! creator, director, writer, animator
1997 No Neck Joe creator, writer, director (made in 1990) (Copyright date 1996)
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip writer
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie creator, writer, director, executive producer, storyboard artist, character designer
2009 The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! writer, director, executive producer, story editor, storyboard artist, character designer
Year Title Role
1993–1995 2 Stupid Dogs art director, storyboard artist
1995–2002 What a Cartoon! writer, director, art director
1995–1996 Dumb and Dumber character designer
1996–2003 Dexter's Laboratory director, art director, model designer, storyboard artist
1998–2004 The Powerpuff Girls creator, executive producer, writer, director
2004–2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends creator, executive producer, developer, writer, director, story editor
2007–2010 Chowder writer, storyboard artist
Episode: "The Birthday Suits"
2010 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic special thanks, costume designer for the Wonderbolts uniforms[6]
2013–present Wander Over Yonder[7] creator, executive producer


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