Tom McGrath (animator)

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Tom McGrath
Tom McGrath by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
McGrath at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting The Boss Baby
Born Thomas McGrath
(1964-08-07) August 7, 1964 (age 53)
Lynnwood, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Film director, animator, voice actor, screenwriter
Years active 1988–present
Notable work Madagascar,
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Relatives James McGrath (nephew)[1]

Thomas "Tom" McGrath (born August 7, 1964) is an American film director, animator, and voice actor known for co-directing (with Eric Darnell) the 2005 comedy Madagascar and its sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in 2008 and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012, also providing the voice of Skipper in all films, short films and The Penguins of Madagascar television series. He has portrayed Skipper in every Madagascar installment, being the only voice actor to do so. He has also worked as a voice actor on other DreamWorks animated features like Flushed Away in 2006 and Shrek the Third in 2007. He also stepped in on Flushed Away to help make improvements prior to its release. He has also directed other DreamWorks Feature Films such as Megamind and The Boss Baby.

Life and career[edit]

McGrath was born and raised in Lynnwood, Washington. He studied Industrial Design at the University of Washington and graduated from the Character Animation program at Cal Arts.[2] McGrath's experience in both television and feature animation includes work as an animator on Ralph Bakshi's film Cool World (starring Brad Pitt), storyboard artist and director for the popular series The Ren and Stimpy Show, animator on the Joe Pytka-directed Space Jam (starring Michael Jordan), and storyboard artist on the live action film Cats & Dogs and worked as storyboard artist and concept artist/prop and set designer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas (directed by Ron Howard).

McGrath made his film directing debut as the co-director, writer and co-creator of Madagascar[3] (along with Eric Darnell), where he also created the memorable squad of penguin characters and voiced their leader, Skipper. He also reprised his role as Skipper and co-directed and co-wrote the sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He worked on The Penguins of Madagascar, a Madagascar spin-off TV series, as the voice of Skipper, and directed the DreamWorks animated feature Megamind (starring Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and David Cross), released in November 2010.



Year Title Director Writer Animator Storyboard
Role Notes
1988 The Thing What Lurked in the Tub Yes
1992 Cool World Yes Also animation designer
layout artist
1996 Space Jam Yes
1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Yes Also layout artist
1999 Herd Fed No. 5
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Yes
2001 Cats & Dogs Yes
2005 Madagascar Yes Yes Skipper
2006 Flushed Away Action Figure
Also Creative consultant
2007 Shrek the Third Gary
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Yes Yes Skipper
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Wilson
2010 Megamind Yes Lord Scott
Prison Guard
2011 Puss in Boots Bar Tender
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Yes Skipper
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Odysseus
Penguins of Madagascar[4] Yes Skipper also Executive Producer
2017 The Boss Baby[5] Yes TV Chef
Super Mario[6] Yes Goomba


Year Title Role Notes
1994–96 The Ren and Stimpy Show Director
Storyboard artist
Layout artist
Background designer
1996 KaBlam! Director, Storyboard artist
2008–15 The Penguins of Madagascar Skipper Creator
Creative consultant
2009 Merry Madagascar Skipper
additional voices
2013 Madly Madagascar Skipper


  1. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (March 12, 2017). "'The Boss Baby': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ DreamWorks Animation. "Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted – Production Information" (PDF). Festival Cannes. p. 17. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Keeping Control of the Zoo Tom McGrath Directs Madagascar to Laughs by Sara Michelle Fetters. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  4. ^ B. Vary, Adam (July 12, 2012). "DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dates Set for Madagascar 4, The Croods 2, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants, and Hitman Read more: Dates Set for Madagascar 4, The Croods 2, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants, and Hitman". June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Vary, Adam (December 11, 2014). "Sony Pictures Lands "Mario Bros." Movie Rights From Nintendo, Leaked Emails Show". BuzzFeed. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 

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