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Craig McCracken
Craig McCracken
Born: March 31, 1971
Charleroi, Pennsylvania
Nationality: American
Occupation: animator, writer
Known for: The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends' Wander over Yonder


Craig McCracken (March 31, 1971) is an American animator and creator of The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Wander Over Yonder. He also did animation work on King of the Hill during seasons 1-4. In the episode One False Movie, he provides his voice as a cartoon executive which also looks identical to him.

Biography

Craig McCracken was born on March 31, 1971 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. After his father died when he was seven years old, he and his family moved to Whittier, California.

Craig became interested in drawing at an early age. Upon graduation of high school, he attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he honed his animation skills. There he met classmate Genndy Tartakovsky, with whom he would occasionally collaborate throughout his career. During his freshman 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 become the basis for The Powerpuff Girls and Pucca In 1993, Craig was tapped by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to work as art director on 2 Stupid Dogs, as well as Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory. He began producing The Powerpuff Girls, which premiered as a short in 1995 on studio president Fred Seibert's animation incubator What a Cartoon!, and full half-hour episodes in 1998. The show has won both Emmy and Annie awards.

In 2004, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends began airing on Cartoon Network. This series also won Emmy and Annie awards. The show is not being produced anymore but it airs on Cartoon Network. In April 2008, he became executive producer of a new Cartoon Network showcase project called Cartoonstitute.

After 15 years of employment, he has left his job at Cartoon Network, after its focus switched to reality programming. McCracken is married to Lauren Faust, who worked alongside him on The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's; she also the one who created the popular Hub TV show, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.

He is also the creator of the series Wander Over Yonder which premiered on Disney Channel in 2013.

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