History Creator / GenndyTartakovsky

13th Apr '16 3:00:37 AM aye_amber
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Genndy Tartakovsky (Геннадий Тартаковский) is a Russian-American animation director and producer and one of the greatest minds to ever come out of classic Creator/CartoonNetwork.

Born in 1970 in the USSR to Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-semitism. First they went to Italy, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Upon his arrival in the USA, he got his first exposure to American cartoons and developed a deep love of ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and HumongousMecha animes.

Genndy would attend California School of Arts (because he was too late to apply for a business school). There he embraced his future career as an animator and made his first two shorts, one of which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. While schooling, he formed a strong friendship with Creator/CraigMcCracken and Rob Renzetti (''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''), which often shows in their cooperation between series.

Following ''Dexter'' was ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts ''Franchise/StarWars'', anime and AkiraKurosawa. It's widely considered to be his greatest accomplishment, as well as one of the best cartoons ever produced for CartoonNetwork.

After four years of ''Jack'', Genndy started putting together his own independent studio, an effort which, in retrospect, was horribly timed, conceding with both the economic crash in 2008 and [[DeaderThanDisco the downfall of traditional animation]] in America. In the end, the studio produced one project, a single season of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' for CartoonNetwork.

These days, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' to both financial and critical acclaim. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature, returning to his roots, but the film has since entered DevelopmentHell, putting his next project, an original story called ''Can You Imagine?'', next in the roster. His latest work will be a new season of ''Samurai Jack'', being produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}} block with Genndy back in the directing chair.

!!His notable works include:

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Genndy Tartakovsky (Геннадий Тартаковский) is a Russian-American animation director and producer director, producer, and one of the greatest minds to ever come out of classic Creator/CartoonNetwork.

Born in 1970 in the USSR to Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-semitism. First they went to Italy, UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Upon his arrival in the USA, UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, he got his first exposure to American cartoons and developed a deep love of ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, and HumongousMecha animes.

anime.

Genndy would attend California School of Arts (because he was too late to apply for a business school). There he embraced his future career as an animator and made his first two shorts, one of which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory.'' While schooling, he formed a strong friendship with Creator/CraigMcCracken and Rob Renzetti (''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''), which often shows in their cooperation between series.

series.

Following ''Dexter'' was ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack,'' a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts ''Franchise/StarWars'', anime ''Franchise/StarWars,'' anime, and AkiraKurosawa. Creator/AkiraKurosawa. It's widely considered to be his greatest accomplishment, as well as one of the best cartoons ever produced for CartoonNetwork.

Cartoon Network.

After four years of ''Jack'', ''Jack,'' Genndy started putting together his own independent studio, an effort which, in retrospect, was horribly timed, conceding with both the economic crash in 2008 and [[DeaderThanDisco the downfall of traditional animation]] in America. In the end, the studio produced one project, a single season of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' for CartoonNetwork.

Cartoon Network.

These days, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' to both financial and critical acclaim. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature, returning to his roots, but the film has since entered DevelopmentHell, putting his next project, an original story called ''Can You Imagine?'', Imagine?,'' next in the roster. His latest work will be a new season of ''Samurai Jack'', Jack,'' being produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}} block with Genndy back in the directing chair.

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!! His
notable works include:include:



* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' and it's sequel.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' and it's its sequel.



* ''Can You Imagine?'' [In development]

!!Tropes applicable to him and his works include:
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: His signature style for most of his action cartoons, with ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' being the crowning example, having a few episodes where ''[[NoDialogueEpisode no]]'' [[NoDialogueEpisode characters talked at all throughout it.]]

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* ''Can You Imagine?'' [In development]

!!Tropes
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!! Tropes
applicable to him and his works include:
include:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: His signature style for most of his action cartoons, with ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' ''Samurai Jack'' being the crowning example, having a few episodes where ''[[NoDialogueEpisode no]]'' [[NoDialogueEpisode no characters talked at all throughout it.]]



* CerebusSyndrome: Compare the comedic ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' to the more serious ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' or ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.

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* CerebusSyndrome: Compare the comedic ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' to the more serious ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' or ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan.''



* DevelopmentHell: TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is in here, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk42LkKXRw interest is needed at hand]].

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* DevelopmentHell: TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' ''Samurai Jack'' is in here, and [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk42LkKXRw interest is needed at hand]].hand.]]



* HeAlsoDid: Briefly animated for ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' at their studio in Spain.

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* HeAlsoDid: Briefly animated for ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' at their studio in Spain.UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}.



* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', he'll often have some form of action scenes in some episodes that either involve or invoke ancient Japanese customs or warriors such as Ninjas or Samurais [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers or]] {{Humongous Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]
* SeriousBusiness: The writers for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'' learned the hard way that he does ''not'' tolerate story meetings being used for idle chit chat about anything non-story related, such as discussing video games.
* SilenceIsGolden: Most notably in ''Samurai Jack''. Not as much, but still prominent in ''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' and ''Sym-Bionic Titan''. He experiments with this a bit in ''Dexter's Laboratory''.

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* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''Dexter's Laboratory,'' he'll often have some form of action scenes in some episodes that either involve or invoke ancient Japanese customs or warriors such as Ninjas or Samurais [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers or]] {{Humongous Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]
* SeriousBusiness: The writers for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' learned the hard way that he does ''not'' tolerate story meetings being used for idle chit chat about anything non-story related, such as discussing video games.
* SilenceIsGolden: Most notably in ''Samurai Jack''. Jack.'' Not as much, but still prominent in ''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' and ''Sym-Bionic Titan''. Titan.'' He experiments with this a bit in ''Dexter's Laboratory''.Laboratory.''



* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreTools has never looked so cool]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of ''Manga/AstroBoy'', which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.
** Sadly, it seems that the Popeye feature he was working on at Sony has been [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/sony-killed-genndy-tartakovskys-popeye-110356.html canned]]
** Before his studio fell apart, they were developing a movie about vikings (before ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' no less). They were even invited to create a silent film about dinosaurs, which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', as Creator/IlluminationEntertainment's first feature.

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* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreTools has never looked so cool]].
cool.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', ''Film/TheDarkCrystal,'' which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of ''Manga/AstroBoy'', ''Manga/AstroBoy,'' which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.
** Sadly, it seems that the Popeye feature he was working on at Sony has been [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/sony-killed-genndy-tartakovskys-popeye-110356.html canned]]
canned.]]
** Before his studio fell apart, they were developing a movie about vikings (before ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' no less). They were even invited to create a silent film about dinosaurs, which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', ''WesternAnimation/WalkingWithDinosaurs,'' as Creator/IlluminationEntertainment's first feature.
27th Mar '16 8:03:32 PM jormis29
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** LighterAndSofter: And his first project after ''Titan'' was his broadly comic feature-debut, ''Film/HotelTransylvania.''

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** LighterAndSofter: And his first project after ''Titan'' was his broadly comic feature-debut, ''Film/HotelTransylvania.''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania.''
24th Feb '16 9:26:03 AM erforce
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to ''TheDarkCrystal'', which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of ''Manga/AstroBoy'', which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
**
Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to ''TheDarkCrystal'', ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of ''Manga/AstroBoy'', which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.
8th Feb '16 5:38:27 AM Freshmeat
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Following ''Dexter'' was ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts ''Franchise/StarWars'', anime and AkiraKurosawa. It's widely considered to be his [[MagnumOpus greatest accomplishment]], as well as one of the best cartoons ever produced for CartoonNetwork.

to:

Following ''Dexter'' was ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts ''Franchise/StarWars'', anime and AkiraKurosawa. It's widely considered to be his [[MagnumOpus greatest accomplishment]], accomplishment, as well as one of the best cartoons ever produced for CartoonNetwork.
3rd Feb '16 12:57:32 PM Chris
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These days, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' to both financial and critical acclaim. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature, returning to his roots, but the film has since entered DevelopmentHell, putting his next project, an original story called ''Can You Imagine?'', next in the roster.

to:

These days, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' to both financial and critical acclaim. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature, returning to his roots, but the film has since entered DevelopmentHell, putting his next project, an original story called ''Can You Imagine?'', next in the roster.
roster. His latest work will be a new season of ''Samurai Jack'', being produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}} block with Genndy back in the directing chair.
29th Jan '16 6:30:58 PM GrammarNavi
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After four years of ''Jack'', Genndy started putting together his own independent studio, an effort which, in retrospect, was horribly timed, conceding with both the economic crash in 2008 and [[DeaderThanDisco the downfall of traditional animation]] in America. In the end, the studio produced one project, a single season of ''SymBionicTitan'' for CartoonNetwork.

to:

After four years of ''Jack'', Genndy started putting together his own independent studio, an effort which, in retrospect, was horribly timed, conceding with both the economic crash in 2008 and [[DeaderThanDisco the downfall of traditional animation]] in America. In the end, the studio produced one project, a single season of ''SymBionicTitan'' ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' for CartoonNetwork.
25th Dec '15 8:16:20 PM TheJayman49
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* ArtEvolution: He used to be so horrible at art he couldn't draw a circle.

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* ArtEvolution: He used to be so horrible at art art, he couldn't draw a circle.



* MsFanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always a source of FetishFuel.

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* MsFanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always be a source of FetishFuel.
18th Oct '15 1:11:26 PM nombretomado
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* SeriousBusiness: The writers for ''ThePowerPuffGirls'' learned the hard way that he does ''not'' tolerate story meetings being used for idle chit chat about anything non-story related, such as discussing video games.

to:

* SeriousBusiness: The writers for ''ThePowerPuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'' learned the hard way that he does ''not'' tolerate story meetings being used for idle chit chat about anything non-story related, such as discussing video games.
12th Aug '15 8:04:43 PM MechWarrior
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* MsFanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always be a FetishFuelStationAttendant.

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* MsFanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always be a FetishFuelStationAttendant.source of FetishFuel.



* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreNotBad has never looked so cool]].

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* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreNotBad [[TropesAreTools has never looked so cool]].
12th Aug '15 8:04:06 PM MechWarrior
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* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', he'll often have some form of action scenes in some episodes that either involve or invoke ancient Japanese customs or warriors such as Ninjas or Samurais [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers or]] {{Giant Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]

to:

* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', he'll often have some form of action scenes in some episodes that either involve or invoke ancient Japanese customs or warriors such as Ninjas or Samurais [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers or]] {{Giant {{Humongous Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]
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